Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Power of 2.8
Well, I'm ashamed to admit it ... but I totally cracked. I've been waiting for the 5D Mark III to come out for more than a year now but I just couldn't justify the expense. This past Christmas the 5D III was reduced about $400 and the other lens I was drooling over was reduced $200. My self restraint still prevailed though. I was willing to wait another year and continue shooting with my 40D until ... they threw in an extra battery, camera bag and memory card. I just couldn't take it any more. I jumped on it, and I'm glad I did. The images from this post were taken with my new camera/lens combination.
Today I wanted to share a child's environmental portrait that I took on Christmas day of my exhausted nephew (uh, I mean Spider-Man) taking a break on the bench as his father continued to play with his twin brother in the background. I shot this image using the new Canon 24-70 f2.8l II at 70mm f2.8. Shooting at f2.8 caused the focus to fall off quickly behind and in front of what I chose to focus on. I then used the back button method and focused on Spider-Man with the intention of burring out the background and took the shot.
Since your eye tends to be drawn to the brightest, most in-focus part of the image first you will probably find yourself initially looking at Spider-Man and then continuing to explore the bench. Finally, you will notice the two people in the background and the rest of this image. F2.8 does a lot more than just blurring the background. It empowers you with a creative tool to deliver a story and direct the viewer's eye. I hoping this image delivers that story.
You can see more of the images on my website, under the portrait tab.
Comments, questions and constructive criticism welcome below ... as always.