I’m almost caught up now! This week’s theme was chosen by Pete, who never seems to have an idea what to do when he chooses a theme! His photo for this week is pretty awesome though, so go check it out.
Still trying to get caught up quickly, so I did this one fairly off the cuff. This is my little baby (9 month old now!) trying to grab my camera as I tickled her with the lens and then backed away.
ISO1000, f/1.8, 1/60, 50mm, Canon 5D MII
This shot is pretty blurry to be honest. It wasn’t at all effective to try to focus on her hands as I backed away (which was the only way I could get her to put her hands up like this in the first place) as it wouldn’t catch the right thing and then she would move instantly. This was definitely a touch and go operation. So, what I did was set my lens to manual focus, set it to as close as it could get, then backed away and snapped it when it looked like her hands were in focus. This is exceptionally hard when you have such a tiny depth of field of aperture 1.8! I could have used a narrower aperture to increase the depth, but since the subject is hands, I wanted only that in focus and her face out of focus. I think I mostly accomplished this. I also could have used more light. I just had her on the floor with the ceiling light on and some fading window light camera left. That at least would have increased my shutter speed, to reduce potential movement blur from both me moving the camera, as well as her hands moving.
I still think it’s kind of a cute shot, personally. Her bokeh smile in the background and the position of her hands is what makes it for me. And I have to remember not every winning shot is crystal clear. But I’ll still try harder next time!
I just realized I’m going to get crap from the rest of the guys because I have yet another red image! haha