Monday, June 6, 2011
This is a good picture to demonstrate the need for more depth of field in landscape shots. In order to get the logs in front and the mountains all clear, I had to use a small aperture (large f number), which slows down your shutter speed of course. If it's not a bright day a tripod becomes necessary. Then focus about a third up the distance, and you're grand.
I love the subtle colour palette and textures here.
I was attracted here to the different textures present and was able to separate the background with a fairly shallow depth of field.
I don't find perfection in nature is required for beauty...sometimes it actually detracts.
I was playing here with a borrowed lens, an old Nikkor 50 f1.4, for which my camera can't meter. So in bracketing I got these 2 exposures that both worked for me. It also doesn't autofocus, and with my 47 yr old eyes, that's a problem as you can see.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I tried a new lens this weekend, a Tamron 60mm f2 Macro. I have never owned a macro before, but I'm sold on this one. The wide-open f2 aperture lets me play with depth of field to my heart's content, so I don't need my usual 50 f1.8 lens, and I don't have to mess around with close-up filters or extension rings, which keeps my kit uncomplicated and clean. These 3 and the one below were all shot with the new lens at various low aperture values (f2-3.5) to accent focus in one small area of the shot and nicely blur out the background.