Canon 5D Mark III | 50mm | F2.2 | 1/80 | ISO500
This one is a little late, and I am hugely sorry about that! However, I will make up for it by supplying an extra image today (free of charge! ;-))
The reason for Saturdays entry being pushed forward a little, is because I had attended a large family event, which was an overnight stay and far too far away from home to do anything in regards to post-processing or anything like that. I shot this image around the fire yesterday evening, shortly after mildly fracturing a bone in my foot whilst playing football in the dark, I decided to whip the camera out and see what I could see.
I saw this shot happen in a split second, and my dear ma’ was kind enough to let me model her hand in to the position I had spotted prior to her moving.
I wanted to capture the blazing hot fire reflecting off of the glass, as reflections and fire are two things that fascinate me to great depths! Putting them both together only seemed logical to me.
Looking back at the settings I used, I first gave an odd frown at the shutter speed for one! But it then came back to me that I used such a slow speed just to give those flames some blur in their motion. This was way after sunset, so there was a minimal amount of light left in the sky. ISO500 surprises me a little. As you can see, the hottest parts of the flames are blown out, but I don’t think it takes anything away from this image in this instance. I like it, very buttery smooth.
Canon 5D Mark III | 50mm | F1.8 | 1/8000 | ISO100
I happen to really like this image, not because I shot it (Quite possibly), but I think it represents my weekend as a whole.
My weekend consisted of mostly drinking alcohol (responsibly of course! ;)), catching up with the family that I perhaps don’t see half as much as i’d like to, and also playing allot of table tennis in the sun (Extremely burnt, not recommended).
We played for hours on end!
Why F1.8? Using the DOF preview button on the 5D3, it makes it easy to really frame and check your shot before you actually take it. I love the creamy bokeh effect that can be achieved at such a large aperture. I could have used F1.4, but felt the net in the background, as well as the shadow of the bat on the table, would have been too hard to make out, and it would have taken away from the image in my opinion.
I took some time to correctly frame this shot, making it 100% square with the table and best I could centered. I love leading lines in certain images, and definitely glad I went for this angle for this shot too.
1/8000th of a second, simply because I have yet to buy a decent enough Vari ND that won’t degrade the image in any way. Either way, I achieved the look I wanted to capture, so I am happy with the result!