I listened to this podcast on macro photographyA photography podcast (no video). Focused on Chicago. with Mike Moats and a few of these pictures are based on trying out some things that were mentioned- mainly trying much higher f-stops. I usually shoot close to wide open. The shift from shooting around 2.8 and lower to around 10 to 15 is considerable. Tripple portrait. I like the faces on both the dogs.
A few of these are from the drive from VA to Alabama. They’re all taken from the car so it’s basically reverse sports photography. They’re also taken with the 85mm fixed lens which means no zooming to compensate for slow reflexes at 70mph.That’s either bragging or excuse making for less than perfect images. It does make the trip go much faster when you’re playing this game.
I’ve shot the Richmond Zombie Walk for the last few years and have used a few different lenses. This year I opted for the 85mm and went super shallow at 1.2. That made for some really interesting shots but also resulted in a large number of missed shots. The 85 is slow to focus and it needs a couple of feet to focus. The zombies had the tendency to lunge in too close and/or at the last minute. Even with those misses, I like how many of the shots turned out and I remain amazed by how much work and skill goes into many of the costumes. He was filming his son with a camera on a selfie-stick. He was so happy. The Straw Man who was part of the Wizard of Oz group which was an entirely impressive group. Seeing zombie parents with their children was odd. I think this guy was driving the car that was responsible for the traffic jam I was in. He looked lost amongst the police and wreckage. Traffic started moving before I could try another shot.