More From Winter Carnival…

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  1. Seb

    I’m a bit confused by the axe thrower and some other ones: why shoot at such a high aperture, f7.0, with the 50mm f/1.8? I’ve the feeling this is a case where you want a good bokeh behind the character, to make it stand out (for example, I almost did not see what he was throwing, it’s lost in the background). And you can also shoot faster that way. Same for the parade. Technical reasons?

  2. B Post author

    I was looking primarily for sharpness, but in the case of the axe throwing I was not close enough that you’d get much bokeh even at f/2.5 or wider — but I know what you mean about the axe being lost.

    In the case of the parade I again wanted sharpness but also some forgiveness in depth of field, there was so much movement and I don’t have a camera or lens known for quick focusing. Not to mention being bumped around a lot while I was trying to shoot — I didn’t want two cm of movement to throw the wrong things out of focus.

    However, with the parade I probably should have been shooting in shutter priority at 1/250th or so. I always forget about shutter priority.

  3. Seb

    Wait, you were not manually focusing? :)

    I don’t want to do the math that early in the morning, but at f/3.2 and above you probably had a good 2 or 3 feet of focus plane. I think what I’m saying is that I’ve shot parades with my f/2.8 at 80mm equiv, and when I looked at this series I told myself, hmmm, I’m not getting that usually. Took me a second look to realize: oh wait, the aperture, duh. I’m checking your Capital Pride photos, and at f/5.6 I can already see a bit of difference. Worth experimenting next time at f/3.2… I think you can trust that 50mm f/1.8 more, it will focus in daylight.

  4. B Post author

    I guess I was going for safe rather than sorry. As you see, there are some shots that are a lot closer, some that are a lot further — sure I could have stopped up for the wider shots and stopped down when someone was right in front of me, that is if I had the time and was not in the middle of a crowd. While I might have plenty of wiggle room on something far away, not as much for someone up close where I definitely want the eyes sharp. There’s a lot of motion blur in the second shot but check the shoulders, they’re out of focus.

    To be sure, you’re right, I could have gotten away at a wider aperture, but f/3.2 is still not supposed to be optimally sharp for this lens and I’m trying to test that in real-world conditions (consensus so far: doesn’t matter too much), and I really didn’t want to have to throw away shots of people because of focus issues. Still, I probably should have been in shutter priority, I think.

    Nope, the feedback is always welcomed, I need to think about this stuff. I’m always shooting too fast, really, though I’ve slowed down a bit recently. And I didn’t expect to get any absolutely amazing shots from this, we were mainly looking to catch Laura’s friends — if we went at night to shoot the lit ice castle, I would have geared up some more and taken my time.

  5. Laura

    I love the photos of the plants in the ice. I don’t think I like the way the ones I tried to take came out, but I love yours.

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