Frustration, after having a minor temper tantrum can go from the potential prevention of a satisfying
activity to the realization of a beautiful thing.
My frustration came from not being able to capture the detail in the close-ups I desired in the low light
of the setting sun without creating a blurry photo.
So, I diverted to my 50 mm lens which allows me to create images in low light because of its large aperture (lens opening), which also gives a narrow depth of field creating a lot of bokeh love or intentional background blur. The more wide open the lens, the more
bokeh there will be creating a dreamy and somewhat dramatic abstract photo and in some cases almost completely dissolving your subject and replacing it with colors and shapes.
My goal, especially for the first set of images is to share with you a recognizable subject in a way that you may not have viewed it before.
Something we may think of as ordinary can suddenly be seen as extraordinary just by changing our perspective.
So, you know you weren't going to get away without some interesting facts, right?
Spiders can create a variety of different silks that have different purposes and functions.
(Which is why they don't stick to their own webs)
They release their silk from spinnerets in their abdomen, and oddly enough it is actually liquid in form until it's released and it immediately takes a solid form as soon as it is exposed to air!
This happens to be an orchard spider, which is an orb weaver.
An example of how just slightly changing my position can change the affect of the image.
This one reminds me of Christmas lights. . .
With the increase of rain, I have started to see a slight increase in dragonflies but I'm sure as the mosquito
population increases so will they.
When using the 50 mm lens wide open there will usually be a sweet spot of focus as everything else blurs.
This photo made the top five for fabulous friday!
In the one below, you can see that the focus was on the dragonflies head . . .
And then in the same position, the focus was moved to its tail . . .
So what I discovered was that my frustration became an instrument in the creating of something entirely different than I had originally envisioned.
I love that I can use my camera as a tool for my
personal expression of the way I view the world - as if by chance a painting were to meet a photograph
in the middle.
And so it goes, I now have a renewed fondness for my 50 mm/f1.8 lens.
My hope is that you felt at least a little bit of the essence of what I was trying to capture
(even though insects may not be your thing)!
I would love to hear what you see, if you change your perspective . . .
Have a great weekend everyone!
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