Friday, August 18, 2006
One of the first pictures I took with my current camera was this one. After my initial test shots of random crap, I took my new equipment to the Microsoft campus and looked for things to photograph. This was, I believe, the first use I found for my telephoto lens. I like the mildly irked expression on its face. He was watching me very carefully... when I stepped a couple feet closer, as rabbits are wont to do. So, I was very pleased with my new lens purchase at that moment, as I couldn't have gotten that without a telephoto.
It was also one of the first shots to show me how important proper focus is when photos have a narrow depth of field. I love the blurry, creamy look of the background when it's out of focus like that, but I have to be much more careful with this camera than my old one. If the picture were bigger, you'd see that the focus is actually on the grass in front of the rabbit, and thus the rabbit is not perfectly sharp. I've gotten a little better since then, and can occasionally use manual focus to my advantage too. But, it's something where I could definitely still use some work. It's hard to tell a poorly-focused shot from the LCD preview, and it's one image flaw that absolutely can't be corrected later in Photoshop, save shrinking the image down so it's not as noticeable. So, I am very motivated to develop a keen sense of focus and depth of field.
at 9:44 PM