The Gift of Imperfection 4

Posted by
Ziren (Singapore, Singapore) on 23 May 2014 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

This was the first image that came through my DIY lens. I've already ordered some more lens pieces from the USA - they're probably somewhere in the middle of the Pacific now, steaming over to our little red dot. Can't wait for those extra lens elements to come over. I'll be trying out something new by adding aperture rings to the lens assembly in order to control the amount of light entrance, in a bid to mimic the aperture control on actual commercially made lenses.

The lens glass ordered reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations, which hopefully would make my photos sharper. The extent of extra understanding and control over the images created using lens glasses gives me great satisfaction, even as I realized that ironically, my aim to reduce such aberrations may make me a pursuer of perfection itself...

I am Ziren Wang, a student from Raffles Institution, Singapore. I picked up a camera in January 2009 in my school's photographic society, and I have never looked back. Years later, I have explored various different forms of photography, from event coverage, to fashion, to documentary, to photography using DIY lenses, and most recently, to film.

Lulette from Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Ah, yes, contradictory words *smile* - would I love this picture so much with more sharpness ? I don't know... I love the compo here with the light on the green part, and I keep being hypnotized by the "aqua-feeling" :)

25 May 2014 9:57am

@Lulette: Thank you for visiting Lulette. Indeed I am torn between the desire to keep things mysterious and the instinct towards constructing that perfect image! Perhaps it is some form of conditioning - the photography 'training' with ISO, shutter speed... that drives into me the notion that to be good is to be perfect. Nevertheless, putting the question of perfection aside... being a physics student, I am thoroughly enjoying all this! I apologize for my late reply. I've been catching up on school work. But I hope to stop using school work as an excuse to avoid taking photos.