Subject Isolation

In photography there is a concept called subject isolation, which simply means make sure what you want people to see in your photo stand out. This is commonly done by using a narrow depth of field to cause an intentional blur of everything that is not the subject. This effect is often called bokeh, and its popularity is the reason that so many wide aperture lenses are being made to day.

I recently got the ‘thrifty 50’ 50mm 1.8 prime from Sony. With the aperture open to 1.8 this lens should have a very narrow focal plane and lots of background blurring. Throwing on a tube extender for some ‘macro’ shots narrows the depth of field even further. I went for a walk to the local rose garden, self assigned to practice some subject isolation and try out the new lens.

How the Honey is Made

More macro pictures of bees collecting pollen and nectar. I also found a wasps nest while out taking pictures, but I thought it was best to leave them alone. Taking these pictures often means getting within inches of the subject, the bees are too preoccupied to care, but the yellow jackets seemed a little more aggressive.

Small things up close

Today I went for a walk in along the damp streets of Seattle, looking not for a new view of the skyline with a backdrop of clouds. I had outfitted my camera in a configuration that forced me to look at the smaller things in life. And even though it is getting close to winter, I found that there was still a lot of color and life to be found.

Fitting my camera with my zoom lens, but with tube extenders reducing the maximum focal distance down to only a few feet, I was able to zoom in on small details instead of far away objects.

Springtime in the Pacific Northwest

Although those in New York and Boston might not remember the meaning of the word it seems like spring has come to the Pacific northwest. The once forgotten sun has started to emerge between the gray clouds and the weather has started to warm up.

This weekend, warm and sunny, I saw flowers in bloom, and buds on the trees. Though Punxsutawney Phil may say there are 6 more weeks of winter it seems that the weather here is not listening. There could not have been better weather this weekend for valentines day, and I hope that the sun will continue to beat out the rain as the axis or rotation starts shifting back towards us up North.