Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Canon EF 100mm Macro f/2.8
Shutter Speed 1/200
I went out this morning to brave the frigid frost and dew and had a blast. It's just amazing what there is to see in your own backyard. In case you're wondering, I live in a modest home with a small yard that backs to a small wetland area. On the other side of the wetlands is more houses - a lot more houses. This means as I crawled around my yard and the wetlands I again had ample time to further incriminate myself as the weirdo of Lake in the Hills. I can't wait to see what my next door neighbor has to say.
For this shot I used my macro lens and a small aperture coupled with a tripod and remote shutter. I tried to highlight the end formation. I succeeded to a point but you can see that some of the droplets at the end are blurry. This speaks to the challenge of aperture selection. I actually thought I had f/4.0 dialed up but while uploading I discovered I was at f/2.8. Bummer! F/4.0 has slightly more depth of field and is sharper on the whole and is still sufficiently small to achieve a beautiful bokeh. Oh well - next time.
As it is, I'm happy with the results. I had to wait for quite a while for the sun to peek above the house next to mine but in the meantime, I managed to get many other shots. All in all, though I froze my tush off, I had fun crawling around with numb fingers (you know it's cold when you can't tell if your finger is on the shutter release button!). So get out and shoot you photogs!