Friday, June 15, 2012
And at my age, I forget lots of things.
Had lunch today with my good friend, Robert Mendelsohn, attorney. Robert has a picture of a piranha hanging on his office wall, courtesy moi.
In any event, I'd been telling him at lunch about my new camera and its unforgiving nature (which is also one of its main gifts). Shot this pic in the bright 1:00 PM sunshine;
I used a 105 mm AF-D lens, at f3.5 and 1/500, ISO 64. It was a stupid choice of exposure. I should have shot at f8, ISO 200, and X shutter.
Now here's the important point: at that aperture, with a 105mm lens, even 5-6 feet from the subject, the depth of field is less than one inch. Here's a 100% crop showing plainly how shallow the dof was.
I should have taken a few seconds to think about the exposure. I didn't, because I wanted a good shutter speed to cope with my shaky hands.
This isn't a bad photo. But it's a heedless one. To everybody, ESPECIALLY owners of D800 cameras, I say: take the time to do it right.