Christmas Tree Depth of Field

Having a Christmas tree in my living room is a great opportunity to play with my camera and its settings. Here's a really quick way to demonstrate how different aperture (f/stop) settings can affect your image. (If my sister Nanc is reading, you can use your camera to replicate this exercise!)

First...large DOF (Depth of Field). Using a tripod is necessary due to the long exposure time required when using an aperture of f/22 in such a low light situation.

Canon 7D, 50mm 1.4 lens
ISO 100
Manual Mode
Aperture: f/22
Shutter Speed: 6 seconds
No Flash

You can see that everything is in focus and the f/22 aperture makes the lights on the tree appear as little starbursts.

Next, to contrast the first photo, this one uses an extremely shallow DOF.
Canon 7D, 50mm 1.4 lens
ISO 100
Manual Mode
Aperture: f/2.0
Shutter Speed: 1/100 seconds
Flash bounced off ceiling to illuminate the Santa

From the same location as the first photo, this one focuses on the LSU Santa with a very shallow DOF of f/2.0. This blurs all of the background (known as bokeh) and makes the small lights on the tree appear as big orbs.

High School Fall Sports

Our final season of high school soccer has come to an end (after 7 years!). I've been taking photos of lots of HS sports this fall as I'm pulling together a slideshow for the school athletic banquet. I haven't posted anything online, but thought I'd post a few as I've been digging thru hundreds of photos. I have to say, volleyball has got to be one of the most difficult to capture. A faster lens would help, but the action is constant and very fast. No surprise I didn't find any worth sharing here!




Time to construct some new sort of photo project or frequency!

The First Harvest!

Our first cucumber from our garden. We're fighting a losing battle with squirrels, rabbits, and probably deer, but this cucumber made it with only teeth marks.

Canon 40D
Canon 50mm 1.4 lens
Canon 430EXII on camera set to 1/32 power and bounced off ceiling

Happy Independence Day!

This was a bigger ordeal to shoot than one might think. A dog on a table, with black fabric taped to the wall, my light stand shooting thru a white umbrella, using my remote triggers. The camera part wasn't too difficult, but Noodle was super nervous. My assistant (Big C) had to coax her along and actually suspended the red/white/blue hat above her head. Noodlee_USA
Photo Challenge Submission


This is always one of the first azalea bushes to begin to bloom in our yard, it gets a nice dose of afternoon sun. I took my 50mm lens out on Sunday and decided I would play around with DOF and find *something* to shoot. It wasn't long until I found this dew drop hanging from the bloom.

I played around with framing and DOF settings and in the end, when I was reviewing the photos, I liked the one I took at the very beginning. It's almost too shallow in regard to DOF. I wanted the droplet to be in focus, but I think there are parts of the bloom that aren't in focus that are distracting.

Canon 40D
50mm 1.4 lens
ISO 640


Inline Hockey

Terrible lighting conditions, but the first inline hockey I've watched (or shot) in two years.

*The iPhone post below wasn't too bad. No idea how to center photos, but I doubt I'll ever need to post from my phone anyway!