50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Flowers, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

A Beautiful Spot in the Neighborhood

This photo and post were inspired by Sonel who is hosting a weekly black and white photo challenge.  This week’s topic is neighborhood. I took this photo at a park that is in my neighborhood:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/3.5 1/160

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/3.5 1/160

I love that our neighborhood has this green space.  I love even more that a lot of people use it.  It has playing fields, a playground, benches, a walking path, and a pond.  I just think it is healthy for people to spend time outdoors, so it always makes me happy to see so many of my neighbors here.

For this shot, I was thinking that I might want to do a HDR image, so I was using exposure bracketing.  It can be tough to get a flower exactly still so I was using a pretty fast shutter speed.  I was also using the fast shutter speed to cut out some of the light I was letting in by having my aperture so open at 3.5.  I knew I wanted a pretty shallow depth of field though, because I thought the background would distract from the flower if I didn’t.  Even though the background is blurred you can see that there is quite a bit there, imagine how distracting it would be if you could see all that detail.  I merged the three exposures in Photomatix and then did some sharpening in Photoshop.

I liked this shot well enough to then make a 5×7 card of it and put it for sale on my website.

Do you have any thoughts, comments, or questions about my image? feel free to leave them below.


50mm Lens, Nature, Photography

Have lens, will borrow…

I am borrowing a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens from a friend, so I took it outside this morning with my tripod to see what the depth of field (how much of the total photo is in focus) would look like at some of the lower f-stop numbers.  My kit lens that I usually use, really starts at f/5.6.  For these shots, I had my camera set to Av, so I was changing the f-stop, but letting the camera pick the shutter speed.  I used my tripod for these.





What I am hoping to show here, is the amount of background blur that the lower f-stop numbers can provide.  This is one of the reasons that this lens would be good for portraits. The lower the f-stop number, the more background blur, so the photo with the least blur is the last one inserted in the post that is f/5.6

There are two other things that I noticed about this lens right away.  One is that it is noisy when using auto focus, that would make it hard to sneak up on bugs.  I will be attempting to sneak up on bugs, just to see if I can with this lens. The second is that it is not image stabilized, which could mean some blur if you were holding the camera instead of using a tripod.  However, because it is a small lens, there is not a lot of weight, so I am curious to see how much hand-held shake is going to be an issue as I use the lens.