Week 18: Fill the Frame | 2018 Project 52

I actually got out of the house to take pictures over the weekend. I wasn’t gone long, and I didn’t go far, but I was out in the woods, enjoying the crisp spring weather we had over the weekend and all the sunshine. It was marvelous. So marvelous that I told myself “I’m going to do this again – no need to choose a photo yet.”

Lies. All lies. It is Derby Week in Kentucky and I have plans and time off work and… I should have just picked a photo on Sunday. Instead I’m writing my weekly blog the morning that I usually already have it live. But… I made it.

fill the frame

Settings: f/3.2, 1/125 sec, 70mm, ISO 200
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

The wooded trail in our neighborhood brings an endless amount of inspiration with pictures. I knew that I really wanted capture color this week, but not everything has bloomed, so I turned to my old friend moss – I really love how moss takes over the rocks and looks like soft beds in the middle of the woods. I just couldn’t find the moss I was looking for. But the trees…

This was my favorite. I like the texture and how the contrast in the image brings it out more. The little pieces of moss that soften the hard look of the bark and offer a little bit of color. And I stopped up a bit – I usually leave my camera at f/4.0 for documentary purposes, but going up to f/3.2 offers a bit more DOF in the image, softening on the sides of the filled frame.

Week 19: Zoom Blur
due 05.09.18

We’re back in the photography technique saddle this week and focusing on zoom blur. This approach allows you to create the sense of motion in your image without moving yourself or your camera.

You will need a zoom lens to practice this technique – and a steady hand. Your speed setting will be slower than normal, so that you can create the desired “burst” effect, but fast enough that your subject will not be out of focus if you shake at all. It might take a few tries, so definitely practice your settings and how to brace your camera so that it’s less likely to jiggle. (I like to hold my elbows and arms close to my body or place my elbows on a surface, just for stability.) Once you find your settings – and your subject – snap the photo with your right hand while rotating the zoom on your lens in or out.

The thing I like about this technique is that it teaches us a lot about who we are as photographers. We’ll have to slow down a bit and learn what works now in this light/setting. We’ll have to be still but also have quick movements to move our zoom. And we’ll have to keep trying – don’t give up or get frustrated, just keep shooting. You may not have what you deem a perfect photo, but you’re probably going to wow someone else.

How to Take Photos with Zoom Blur Effect
How to Take Stunning Zoom Burst Photos
Zoom Blur Effect in Camera

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