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I was out this morning getting my oil changed on my VW. It is a modern Jetta TDI unlike this late 60's or early 70's VW Beetle. While waiting for a ride from coworker to one of our favorite lunch spots in town I thought to make a photograph.

I stood up from the chair I was sitting in and walked around the corner of the service center. There, I  spotted an intact and mostly clean Beetle. I adjusted the settings on my camera by shooting slightly to the right of the light meter then fired off a frame. I Checked a few things, made some minor adjustments, then created this image with the next shot. 

What works in this picture is the framing with the "eye" of the Beetle looking back at the camera. I like how this photograph is cut nearly in half, and how it shows only a part of a highly recognizable car. 

What doesn't work is the background on the other half of the frame. There's not much I could have done about it other than to create as much bokeh as possible. And that is the reason I shot it at f/1.7.

Shooting at that f/# with a larger sensor camera would create greater background blur. Whereas, on my GX8 (micro 4:3 sensor) you have to shoot wide open with a fast lens to separate the background from the subject. 

Don't get me wrong. I love shooting with micro 4:3 cameras. They are small and light, and the lenses are tiny. They are sharp, and the cameras are mostly easy to use, but they do come with some compromises. 

Whereas, shooting with a full frame camera has it's own compromises, namely the size and weight of the camera and lenses. They are HUGE compared with a micro 4:3. But comparing different camera types is not the intent of this post.

Rather, the point is to demonstrate that a good picture can be captured just about any where while doing pretty much nothing. You just have to look around and see. Now go and make great photographs.