As I’ve said, my poetry is thin depth of field floral photography. I take these shots handheld (tripod feels too limiting) and shoot fast primes usually wide open at f/1.4 or 1.2. Razor thin dof which does wonderful things with the rest of the out of focus shot.
I’ve noticed reading feedback that many people assume I created the background in photoshop. These shots are straight out of my camera and aside from a little sharpening and white balance warming, untouched.
Does it matter? I used to get frustrated about people assuming my art was manufactured. Now they seem to think I’m a photoshop master, slaving away for hours with Gaussian blur.
I should add that when these are printed on canvas, people think I’m a master painter. But that’s another topic…
Do I need to educated the masses about fast primes, or should I just let it lie.
Amongst the roses at the Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden. I usually get here around dusk for the best light. The parking lot is empty; I can only imagine the pandemonium during the day. The garden is also usually empty. I head for two favorites: Hot Cocoa and Brass Band. I also watch out for bunnies which live in the park. Its always good contemplation and photography time. Lens-wise, I go with my Zeiss 50mm or 40yo radioactive Minolta 58mm f/1.2. Both excel at turning the background into an impressionist painting.
I hadn’t ever thought of myself this way but after visiting Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria BC, I couldn’t deny it. We had a great time examining the fruits of the Castle’s restoration work. I also like stained glass and there was much to see an enjoy here.