Jun 282010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/160; 5mm; 7:10am;  (Super Macro, camera on the ground)

Look what I found on this morning’s bike ride!  Yes, a beach ball!  It’s only 5″ but who cares.  Doesn’t it look like it is lost in a beach dune?

I experimented with the aperture setting on this.  I took it at f/2.8 and f/5.6 and f/8.  Normally, I’d say that the narrow depth of field would be the better shot, that is, if I wanted all the attention on the beach ball.  But I don’t in this case. To fool the viewer that this is indeed a beach scene I think the f/8 shot is the best one.

But for the Friday Assignment, the f/2.8 s best, especially with a little vignette added:

ISO 80; f/2.8; 1/250; 5mm; 7:08am;  (Super Macro, camera on the ground)

You really will have to look at each photo enlarged to see the difference that the aperture makes on the focal point. I also think that the weed stems help frame the ball. I’d like say that contrast helps, but I think the colors are more complimentary than contrasting.

In the next one, there is no doubt what the focal point is…  this is how I found the ball before I got off my bike and walked around to see what other shots there were:

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/320; 100mm; 7:04am

This ball was so much fun, I might have to go back with the car to pick it up.