Seeing the shot before taking it is a skill in development. I have discovered that my emotions, feelings and thoughts are now engaging together. Recently, I have taken and interest in Close-up Photography or Macro shots as it referred to - I really like this up close and personal form of image creation.
Using just my 35mm, my focus distance isn't as fine as a dedicated Macro Lens, however, the results are proving quite exciting for my future development. Like all other form of image creation, Macro work begins in the mind.
The series of shots below illustrate my recent attempts at this very fine work.
Here is my favourite of the bunch:
Saw this image today and knew it would make a great shot. The contrast of dull grey and blue against the yellow made this an interesting exercise.
I am always on the look our for an interesting angle for my compositions. Saw this on my walk and I thought it would make an interesting shot.
Finally, a shot like this needs an interesting angle to make it worthwhile.
Meet Pako from Spain - The Banana Guitarist. A very friendly guy busking outside the train station. Full credit to him, people stopped and watched him. He looked like he was in his own world of pure contentment.
My 35mm lens is proving to be a wonderful little performer, especially in low light. I had heard about this special feature and it was one of the reasons for my interest in it. It captures a lot of light wide open at f/1.8 and this image reveals the rich colours of London's Leicester Square after 9pm - truly lovely.
This image is another example - with very minor tweaking in Lightroom 5, it looks great.
I love shooting at night - this lens will feature a lot over the next few weeks. I will be shooting at night from The Tower of London Side of the River Thames to get another perspective of London at night, stay tuned.
MY D90 has a new friend.
Thanks to a few family friends, I was treated to a new birthday present of this amazing lens. When I say amazing, I really mean it.
This lens on my 1.5 crop body gives me a perfect 52mm point of view. This means my compositions aren't as much of a struggle as on my designated 50mm. The 50mm is great for portraits, however, a lot of leg work is required to get the shot, all of which is good compositional practice.
The 35mm on the other hand has something special about it and I am still learning what those differences are. Over the next few weeks, I will be shooting exclusively with this lens to discover its secrets.
Here are a few shoots I have taken with this lens.
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015