Saturday, February 2, 2013

DOF Study: Pinhead Kitty

I'm working to get more comfortable with shooting using Aperture Priority on my camera and eventually moving into shooting in manual all the time.  My goal is to get out of (and stay out of) the auto setting for good!

In this shoot, I grabbed my crazy pin cushion* to play around with DOF (depth of field).  I love the great results I can get with my 50mm 1.8 lens.  So much fun...

*Several years ago my friends Heather, Doeteke and I were making these silly Halloween cats. I made my head, following the pattern, and when I held it up to the rest of the cat it was way too small.  Heather said it looked like a pin head, and that gave me the idea to make a pin cushion out of the little head.  I went ahead and redesigned a larger head for the Halloween cat (in hindsight it could have even been bigger...).  Anyway, when I got home, I used the little head to make the pin cushion and attached it to a tiny mason jar so that I could store extra pins inside the jar.  At first it was a bit creepy sticking pins in the cat's head, but I'm over it! :o)

10 comments:

  1. I am loving the kitty head filled with pins (not too creepy ;))....I started shooting in total manual mode in November and have never looked back...I suggest just jump in full speed and learn from there...I will scan a chart that I used in the beginning that was very, very helpful...but by jumping in and experimenting totally on manual is really the only way you will find the 'sweet spot' for the types of photos you like to take.

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    1. Thanks Danielle. I like your advice. I just have to do it...

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  2. Love the pinhead kitty. Way cute!

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    1. Thanks Debby. He's a goofy little character isn't he...

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  3. The pin head kitty is adorable, but your photograph is REALLY great!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. Hope you're having a fabulous weekend.

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  4. Fun and clever take on the challenge, Linda! Great job :)

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  5. What a great study in DOF! Love that pin cushion to pieces!

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    1. Thanks so much Gail. It is a silly bit of fun in the studio isn't it.

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