Up close and personal

04 Mar 2012

Some people need food for comfort. Small stuff, the food that makes you feel better… and that makes you bigger.

Meli-melo

Instead of eating this comfort food, a my first idea was to shoot it, and then eat it. That is the difference between

a photographer and a normal person. I know there are photographers around that have specialised in shooting food. I have no idea how they keep their weight in check, I could eat some of those pictures, let alone the food.

Popped cornPopped corn

So, this week I got my hands on a new lens, a 60mm prime macro lens, the Nikkor 60mm 2.8 Micro. The model is a bit older, not the one with the integrated focus motor, that has to be handled by the camera. No big deal, it works. That’s all I ask for.

PistachiosPistachios

So, 60mm is a nice focal length. It is a bit disconcerting when you are used to zoom lenses all the time. This is my first prime since about 30 years. For this lens, the zoom mechanism is me, legs and or arms.

Potato chipsPotato chips

As you may know, the depth of field of a f/2.8 aperture is rather thin, flimsy I would say. That means that only a very thin slice of your picture is in focus, what is in front of it and behind that slice, all out of focus.

That out of focus part is called bokeh. Don’t ask me how to pronounce it, there are many different opinions about that.

Apple slicesApple slices

So, back to that food. Currently I am trying to lose some weight, not an easy task when you’re doing a sitting job. There are days I don’t get out of the house! The portions in these pictures are minuscule, apart from the fruit and veggies Smile.

Mini wafflesMini waffles

Some of this food, you will recognise, like the pistachios or the popcorn. The apple might be a different problem. The depth of field is so shallow that only the slightest part of the apple is in focus, leaving the rest in a blur.

VeggiesVeggies

So these shots are in a way simply test shots, to see how this lens performs in my hands. That a lens is good, nobody has a doubt about that, unless the lens is broken. All depends on who is manipulating it and who is trying to get some results with it.

I agree, I need more practice with it. But with the snow storm this week, I didn’t have a chance to go outside and do some shooting. (Excuses, excuses).

More popcornMore popcorn

Inside, and food only. Just trying to keep a theme here, otherwise I would have been shooting my keyboard as well, or my phone. Or perhaps not, there’s too much dust on it to show in public.

A micro lens is a lot of fun, but you have to know how to use is. Let me know what you think of these first test shots?