Portrait with a Bridge Camera

Special Guest post by Mark Toal

Mark Toal has been field testing the new Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 camera, a “bridge camera” that fills the niche between the SLRs and a point-and-shoot camera. In a previous post he focused on it’s impressive video capture capabilities; today he tackles it’s impressive focal length range.

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This portrait made at Last Thursday, a wonderful street festival that’s held here in Portland, Oregon. I was trying out Panasonic’s Lumix FZ1000 camera which has a 25-400mm (equivalent) zoom lens. Most of the photos you see in this and on my own blog are taken with wide-angle lenses so my using a zoom lens like this was a very different experience.

Normally I don’t like to be far away from my subject, but I wanted to use the telephoto end of the zoom lens to blur the background and make the subject stand out. The man in the photo was bending over playing a drum. I loved the concentration on his face as he played.

I zoomed the FZ1000’s lens to 355mm at f/4 to get the shallow depth-of-field you see here and took four images to get one that I liked with a final exposure of 1/320 sec at f/4 and ISO 400.

Mark.selfieMark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this  blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his web site at www.marktoalphotography.com. He can be contacted at marktoalphotography@gmail.com

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