Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter.....

It is such a dreary day today, so I just got to playing around with a couple of photos that I did recently. The hockey game was on when I made this photo, and even though the Stanley Cup playoffs are on, I get bored easily anymore. My mind seems to drift off to more pleasant things than a pack of multimillionaires blasting a puck around a rink, and pounding the living Hell out of each other. I have enjoyed hockey games pretty much all of my life, but I find that the game is so very structured now, and the plays are all so predictable, that you ask yourself, why am I still watching this. I guess I must be getting old and cranky eh? Anyway, while watching the game out of one eye, the other eye was looking through the viewfinder of my camera. It was taken under the lamp beside my Lazyboy, and I was using +7 diopters of closeup filters on the front of my 75 ~ 300 mm lens. Could this be considered multitasking? Maybe that would be pushing the definition a bit. Anyway, this will have to do for my little Easter offering to you. Happy Easter everyone!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Has Sprung...

This past weekend, the temperature here in Windsor soared up to +27C, and I could not help but feel elated. It meant that the worst of winter was behind us, and we could finally get out and move around without being all bundled up in heavy clothing. April month, also means another Wedding Anniversary was to be celebrated, and a few days after that, the birthday of our little granddaughter. The blossoms in this photo was from a little bouquet that I bought for my wife, and they are still going strong more than a week after the event. For the most part, I like to photograph flowers with my 100mm soft focus portrait lens. This lens, on my Maxxum 7D becomes a 150mm lens, and I added a couple of diopters with a close up filter to be able to work in close to the individual blossoms, while at the same time, include a bit of the surrounding flowers nicely out of focus. I was tempted to go out and buy an auto focus Macro lens, but I'm not sure I would like the results from it any better than I do with this set up that I use here. I have converted an unused upstairs bedroom into a studio of sorts, where I have the advantage of being able to use the lovely natural light you get from a North window. This photo was taken with the softness ring set to +1, and there was very little photo editing done in terms of exposure adjustments etc.. So, here's to Springtime, warmer weather and flowers! Hope you like it also.....