Category Archives: lenses

my favorite lens and favorite people

Love these little bit bigger people. They are my nieces and nephew. Aren’t they cute? Sweet sunshine coming through the trees is my favorite. I love just a bit in my lens, not so much as to wash out the image but just the sun coming through in the corner. Love, love it. :)  Here are the manual settings for these images below. They were shot using my very favorite lens…. canon’s 85mm 1.2L. It’s such a lovely lens. Try it, rent it, borrow it, buy it. You’ll love it. :)

The manual settings for this image below:
ISO – 200
aperture – F 3.5
shutter speed – 1/160 second
lens – canon 85mm 1.2L

The manual settings for this image below:
ISO – 200
aperture – F 3.5
shutter speed – 1/160 second
lens – canon 85mm 1.2L

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100mm macro

Oh how I love photographing children with my macro lens. It’s just such a beautiful lens. I love it. Here are a few recent images using my 100mm macro 2.8L.

The manual settings for this image below:
ISO – 320
aperture – F 4.5
shutter speed – 1/200 second

The manual settings for this image below:
ISO – 320
aperture – F 4.0
shutter speed – 1/200 second

Isn’t in purty? :)

playing with my macro lens

I’ve been having fun playing around with my macro lens lately with my own kids. I have a little mini personal project that I’m working on for our home. I’m wanting to document some parts of our life and hang them on my walls. Maybe I’ll share it with you later someday (when it’s done).  :)

This is my little Drew. He’s getting bigger. Which somedays makes me oh so very happy. But then other days makes me sad. And I often notice that while I am so good about capturing other people’s lives with the camera it’s so easy to neglect capturing part of our life with my camera. I’m good about capturing fun silly things with my iphone. But I also would like to continue to capture the details of real life often with my big camera. I want to remember the expressions, the torn up tennis shoes, the little tiny lego men that completely take over my home.

So here’s a picture of my Drew from last week. Up close and personal with my macro lens. Taken in the shade in our backyard.

My manual settings for this shot:
ISO – 320
aperture – F 4
shutter speed – 1/250 second
lens – canon’s 100mm macro 2.8L
camera body – canon’s 5D mark II
square – cropped into a square in photoshop
black and white – converted to black and white in photoshop

depth of field

Do you see where the focus point is on this picture below? It’s on her eyes. And it’s pretty sharp…not crystal clear…because I was using my 85mm 1.2 lens. I LOVE my 85mm lens. It’s probably my favorite lens … but it’s not as fast as my other lenses. So if a child moves on me I can’t always capture them super sharp. Anyways, that’s a side note. My point is to show you the focus point and the depth of field in this photo. The focus point is on her eyes. Now think of geometry… like math in high school… Do you remember “planes” in geometry? The planes in space that had to do with depth of field? Well, this little girl’s eyes and the part of the fence that she is holding onto are on the same plane. They are both the same distance away from me and my lens. Because they are on the same plane they are both in focus. My aperture is set at F 2.8 and I’m shooting with my 85mm lens which means that I will get some lovely blurriness (bokeh) behind that focus point as well as in front of that focus point. All of the things that are not on the same plane as my focus point will not be sharp and in focus. See the fence in front of her? And the fence behind her as well? Make sense? A little bit?  If not, keep reading and practicing. It’ll sink in. :)

My manual settings on the image below:

ISO – 200
aperture – F 2.8
shutter speed – 1/250 second
lens – 85mm 1.2