Tag Archives: depth of field

Scrabble geek

Most of my shooting for the past month or two has been with prime lenses. When I got into digital photography way back in 2010, I gravitated towards zooms. Good zooms with IS (image stabilization) are OK when the light is low, but there comes a time when a fast prime is needed–and fast primes (I gleaned rather quickly) are yet another photographic learning curve. This guy, unbeknownst to him, helped me while I was experimenting with focus points and shallow depth of field in a very low light situation.

Scrabble geek through a fast prime lens

Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8. 1/60 at f/1.8, ISO 3200.

Canon 5DM3 geeking out in low light.

Fiddle player

Last night Maggie and I joined some friends and fellow musicians for an Irish seisiún at the Aqus Cafe. Maggie brought her accordion, but I left my guitar at home and brought a camera instead. The space was relatively dark so I put on my 85mm f/1.8, cranked up the ISO and went for it. Here’s a shot of my friend Scott working his instrument.

Fiddle player at a local Irish seisiún

Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8. 1/30 at f/2.0, ISO 3200.

Canon 5DM3 working the prime time.

Black Water Dragon

According to Chinese astrology, 2012 is the year of the Black Water Dragon. Supposedly the black water dragon symbolizes big changes. So far this year, for me, that seems to be the case. Be that as it may, my personal water dragon is a soap dispenser on the kitchen sink.

Dragon dish soap dispenser on my kitchen sink

Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8. 1/250 at f/2.0, ISO 800.

Canon 5DM3 making something from nothing.

Wrangling the beast with lilies

With me and the 5D Mark III’s full-frame sensor it’s all a crap shoot, but I’m learning by going where I have to go. For the time being, depth of field is the challenge.

Yellow Asiatic lilies 2

Yellow Asiatic lilies 1

Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L.
1st shot: lens at 105mm, 1/250 second at f/4.5, ISO 100.
2nd shot: lens at 58mm, 1/1600 second at f/4.5, ISO 500.

Canon 5DM3 while relaxing on the patio.

Walking the dogs

I decided I needed to give the 5DM3 a go during the commute home today. I ended up going all the way out to Fort Cronkhite on the Marin Headlands to get this photo. What I learned along the way is that a full frame sensor camera handles depth of field way differently than a crop sensor camera. Time to tame the beast.

Woman walking dogs at Fort Cronkhite

Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 at 105mm. 1/640 second at f/8.0, ISO 200. (All 105mm posts so far with this lens!?!)

Canon 5DM3 while winding down the commute.

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