One assignment that I had for my digital photography class was to have the longest focal length and smallest f-stop that my camera was capable of using manual mode to take the photo. Here was my result:
I really ended up liking this shot. I suspect part of the reason I like it is because of the contrasting blue and orange colors. This photo is marbles in a candle holder, sitting on top of my Mac that has a blue cover. A pretty easy to stage photo. As a bit of a weird side note, this is the second thing that I have taken a picture of that has broken within the next day. The other was my mailbox, which I wrote about here. This time it was the candle holder which shattered the next day.
Given the slow shutter speed, a tripod was necessary to get the shot. I used my kit lens which is a 28-135mm. The lowest shutter speed that you can get here is a f/5.6. Given that it was a sunny day outside, there was more than enough light to get a good exposure, so I could have my ISO at 100 without a problem.
I think the other reason I am liking this photo today is that it is cold and rather dark here. A bit of cheerful color just helps to brighten my day, I hope that you enjoy it as well.