Day 131— Part 2 — C-D-B

C a BUNCH o’ B’s actually. On the way back from the mailbox, when I passed by my neighbor’s sidewalk-facing Japanese privet swarming with honeybees, I returned with my camera and started shooting. Aperture priority proved unsatisfactory as did AF-S focus which I recently changed to after I started taking the Photographer’s Workshop. When I tried to reset the auto focus to AF-C, continuous so I could follow the bees, my mind went blank and I couldn’t figure out which button set this option. I stared at the camera and all its buttons and menus and, like all the mad dogs and Englishmen, I was out in the midday sun so I returned home, defeated, and resorted to reading the manual. Ahh. It’s an easy change. No menus, just a button on a different side of the camera from the similar setting on my D90. So, out I went again with the focus set to continuous and the shutter speed set to 1/2000. Using my 28-300mm zoom lens extended to maximum, the bees didn’t look terribly impressive when I downloaded them . . . until I cropped. Holy Crop!!!!!! I don’t know whether I used the Fibonacci Ratio or the rule of thirds. It doesn’t seem to matter. And, I think, based on the cropping of the first shot, I could have cropped even tighter.

Here are several tightly cropped shots, still in crisp focus. Wow! Wow! All the shots were taken at 300mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/2000.

Day 131–Empty Bottles

Today, I tried out my 85mm lens on the D800. And, I put to good use the grid I complained about yesterday. In today’s shot, I used the grid to make sure my alignment was straight and not inadvertently askew as often is the case. Also, using Aperture Priority, I deliberately metered on a lighter area of the shot to get a faster shutter speed so that the bottle is darker and outlined in the patch of light. I like the effect. Today’s challenge theme is “bottle(s)” and since I haven’t been taking any photos for the daily challenge recently, I thought I’d start to catch up.

Focal Length 85mm
Aperture Priority
ISO 200