It was 2:45pm. I hadn’t picked up my camera today. The sun was going to drop below the mountains in over an hour+. I could tackle some of my to-do’s. Make calls. But it was the second day I had the lenses I’ve rented for two weeks. I hadn’t exercised. How could I not go out. I could kill two birds with one stone (well not really when I have a camera in my hand!).
Without much more thought, I put the camera card in the camera and put the EF 14mm 1:2.8 L II USM on the Canon 5d Mark III. Yesterday I’d been reading a bit about really wide angle lenses on a site I use as a resource for learning: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/how-to-use-ultra-wide-lenses.htm . Ken Rockwell writes a lot explaining things I wasn’t aware of….this is only a fraction of what Ken explains that the wide angle (the 14 I’m using) does well AND what to watch out for…….: “All that most people get with ultrawide lenses are parking lots in the bottom half of their image, and nothing anywhere except for the center. Worse, ultra-wides see all the distracting junk on the side of your subject and weaken the shot. ”
The hardest part with ultra-wides is getting close enough.
You can never get too close!
You have to push yourself to get and stay close enough.”
So I went out and got shots that were for do-do. I tried this shot and then another. I just wanted a sampling to look at on the computer. Of course, I hoped I’d get one shot I’d like. But I was getting a lot of trial and error shots. I wasn’t learning a lot. And I wasn’t even getting any exercise. Not getting exercise is OK if I get some good shots!
The sun was low and casting my shadow on most of what I was shooting because the lens was so wide. So I got sucked into shooting my shadow, which is my favorite thing to do:-). My shadow is my signature photo. I don’t go on any trip without coming home with a few shadow shots.
On the way back to my house I noticed a garage door beautifully lit with great light. I stopped and walked closer to the door. I positioned my shadow, and shot it. Boring. I started walking home when I noticed the same light shining on another garage door, but on this door there was the shadow of a tree……and in the middle of the tree shadow was an open well lit area large enough that I could place my upper body and arm in that space. After getting my upper body where I wanted it, I also placed my outreached arm in the open space so as to mimic the tree branch’s shadow. The last picture helps make sense of what I’m trying to relate here:-)
The point of all this? I GOT a photo I loved. I didn’t give up. I kept looking, I kept shooting…..I went out with my camera!!!
Below are a few of many photos showing what I’d been shooting. The last photo is the photo I liked.
So JJ says I haven’t posted lately. Well, I’ve been working on finishing up Unit 4 (of six Units) of the New York Photography Institute assignments – a 3 year course (3 years is this March!). I am now back to working on again after a long hiatus. I finished Unit 4 !!!!!!
I’m headed out to yet another workshop December 5th weekend at the Salton Sea led by Keith Skelton and thought I’d rent a couple of lenses I’d never used. One is a fisheye 8-15mm and the other is a prime lens, a 14mm. These lenses arrived today.
So here is a post for JJ……four shots, 2 shots with each lens.
I’m going to have to read up on these lenses, in particular the fisheye.
Jen and I met at 3:30pm at the Starbuck’s on San Pablo to photograph people with our telephoto lenses. To our surprise this Starbuck’s has recently built a nice stool high long table outside next to the sidewalk, very European, that when seated at provides just the elbow support we need to hold the long lenses steady while shooting.
Many people wondered who we were shooting, asking if someone important was arriving. Everyone comments on the size of the lenses (70-200mm and me with the 2X attached making the lens look even longer) which makes for much small talk. People were very nice when they noticed we were shooting them. We smiled and they smiled. It was a fun experience and a great way to meet people.
Canon 5d Mark III
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2X
Focal length: 260mm
Exposure: 1/500 sec at f/5.6
Manual exposure and Spot metering.
http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/ Interesting read.