Thursday, September 6, 2007

Macro Moment

The great thing about macro photography is that your subject matter doesn't always have to be very interesting. You can make interesting shots by the way in which you frame your subject matter. It's about getting closer to something than your normally would. Sometimes it's all about the angle.

Since I started getting photography I wanted a macro lens. When I was in school I couldn't afford one. As I got older, I just had other things that I had to spend money on. Thanks to ebay, I finally got a macro lens. Here's a shot of my Yashica MAT-124 TLR camera with my new Sigma 90mm f2.8 macro lens.

This shot was made with existing light at f2.8 shutter 1/125 with an ISO of 1600. You might notice that the field of focus is very narrow in this shot. That's because of the f-stop of 2.8. A narrower f-stop (or aperture setting) would give a much wider field of focus and would make the foreground and background of the shot sharper. In this, you notice that where the lens says "3.5" that the "3" is the point of focus. The decimal and the "5" are right on the edge of sharp focus.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

More Greenville

Behind the Peace Center in Greenville, SC.

I enjoy making pieces like these in which the subject matter is not so much the building but the shapes. I think that some would put this in the category of art-for-artists. However, developing that eye for graphics and shapes helps to develop oneself as a photographer (or other visual discipline for that matter) over all. Just my opinion though.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The Cancer Survivor Park, Greenville, SC

While visiting the ol' homestead in Greenville over labor day weekend, we decided to go downtown and stroll around the park. Naturally I was packing the camera.

However, no one was packing an umbrella...