Ruby (Vintage Helios 44M-4 58mm f2 lens) by phil_howcroft

Ruby (Vintage Helios 44M-4 58mm f2 lens)

This is my best friend Ruby, my only friend some might say (I always say that when i post a Ruby picture)

Shot with a wide open aperture (maybe somewhere between f2 and f2.8) with a beautiful Helios 44M-4 lens, from 1984. Just one light source i.e. natural light streaming through our front window from the left hand side of the frame.

There's an almost 3D pop to the photo, the lens creates lovely bokeh.

It's such a shallow depth of field, but the important bits , her eyes, are pin sharp.

I can get her to raise her ears to order. "Would you like your Tea, before your Mummy comes home" . Two key words, Tea and Mummy. Works a treat, although she did jump off the sofa a few seconds later !

Edited in Darktable and GIMP. This is actually a colour photo, Ruby is a black and white whippet (with some grey now too) and is sat on a grey sofa.
great sharpness and mans best friend :)
February 27th, 2020  
Beautiful portrait
I have a cat named Ruby
February 27th, 2020  
Love the way her Brown eyes pop fav
February 27th, 2020  
She looks cute and kind.
When I kiss my dog my two jealous daughters use to say my dog is my fav child !
February 27th, 2020  
This is a really lovely soft toned portrait. Just love the myriad shades of brown in this. Tender image.
February 27th, 2020  
Fav. I am falling deeply in love with Ruby. You bring out her best features every time you take portrait shots of her.
February 27th, 2020  
Wonderful shot Phil, your best shot yet of dear Ruby. Her face is so handsome & you’re right a 3D in all but name. Her face is coming right at you.....clever photo! Fave of course!
February 27th, 2020  
So beautiful,Phil. Great sharpness and beautiful bokeh. Plus, you show Ruby’s character (I ‘d say soul, if not too strong a word) Fav
February 27th, 2020  
@caterina soul is good caterina, I get that :)

@happypat thank you so much for your fave and kind words about Ruby :)

@sangwann that is really kind of you to say Dione, Ruby has a big list of friends :)

@casablanca thank you Casa' I am really pleased with the portrait of Ruby :)

@cocobella she is a kind dog corinne , very gentle too :)

@moviegal1 that's a really nice comment and observation kerri :)

@brigette Ruby is a great name for sure Brigette :)

@pdulis thanks Peter , without a doubt on both counts :)
February 28th, 2020  
So photogenic and beautiful catch lights!
March 1st, 2020  
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