Today’s post is a little about grand children and a fair amount of discourse about photography. I have four images that go with the blather so if your on Facebook and are interested, click on the link below to go to my blog.
Ben was on call yesterday and so Angie brought the kids over for some play time and lunch. I love to photograph Addie and wanted to try out a new lens. It is a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED portrait lens. I’ve never shot with a f1.4 lens before so I didn’t fully know what to expect.
I have a couple of f2.8 lenses and I know that you have to be careful with shooting wide open or you get a lot of out of focus areas especially if you photographing more than one person in the image.
Gabby was excited to show me her newly pierced ears so I asked her if I could photograph her. I love the soft bokeh that an f.14 lens delivers but as you can see in this image, that I shot at f1.4 I got her eye sharp but most of everything else including her new ear-ring was really out of focus. Obviously I need some practice.
I normally shoot in Aperture Priority and as much out of habit as anything I generally shoot at f8.0 unless I’m trying to create some special look with depth of field. At f8.0 you have a relatively large depth of field and seldom have to worry about your subject being out of focus. F8.0 is my go to aperture for wildlife since you can aim at the body of the bird and get the eye in focus as well.
I shot this image at f8.0.
Finally this image of Addie holding on to the large pink Bear, called “Boo-Boo.” That’s the name Angie gave it when she was old enough to talk. She learned to stand holding onto the bear just as Addie is doing. The day after Angie was born I went to the toy store at the mall and said I want the biggest pink stuffed animal you have and this is what they had. I can remember all the looks I got walking through the mall with this thing and at the hospital as well. Josh found Boo-Boo in the store-room yesterday and brought it up. Addie took right to it. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.