Saturday, June 26, 2010

Patient subjects

 It's good to have a patient subject, and thankfully my cat is a fairly patient subject. This image was taken about 6 inches from her nose, taken with a 28-105 mm lens at about 65 mm, with 34 mm of extension tubes on the front.

The exposure was f.25 (yes, 25) at 1/80 second.  There were two flashes, one on camera and one off camera.  There is no cropping of this image, so the actual image is 5100 x 3400 pixels. It was taken with the Canon 7d.

I was basically playing around with one of their toys for macro photography, and noticed that she was resting peacefully on a lap, so I brought the camera in close.  I was able to shoot some of her eye, but it was this nose that caught my interest.  Her fur is black, white and orange, and there is just a touch of orange in this shot.

I had to hand-focus it because of the extension tubes, but the small f stop helped keep everything in focus. Even with that, her cheek was out of focus.  If I had focused a little further back, I probably could have helped. Of course, all of this was shot on a tripod, something I need to carry around much more often.

Right now I am wondering what this would look like at 3 feet across.  Sometimes I like to take the context out of the image, and I like this image because it provides just enough context. 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Story telling

Not that I am good at story telling, I did like this photo as it encompasses the life of a berry (or several).  From the new bud, to the pollination of the flower, the death of the flower, and the emerging berries, it's all in a little tiny 5 square inches of the world.

This also is the first time I was able to play around with the Canon 7d.  Very nice camera, handles auto-focusing very well.  However, I still need to carry a tripod for shooting with the 400 mm lens.  A monopod is good, but not great.  This photo was actually taken with the Manfroto 676B monopod and Manfrotto 3229 Swivel Tilt Head with Quick Release head, a good combination for the heavier Canon 100-400 mm lens.  Though this particular shot was taken with the Tamron 18-250 mm zoom lens