Brian's Photo Blog — Article 39
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Frosty Photo Op
Saturday 10 December 2011   —   Category: Shooting
During this past week there have been some mornings of freezing fog — Mother Nature providing yet another photo op! I mounted my Sony 50mm f/2.8 macro lens so I could get close to Nature and its intricate designs, then headed out to see what I could find.

I ran across these frosty spider webs attached to the basketball pole in our back yard, proving once again that you don’t have to go far from home to find something worth photographing! I love the amazing, artistic engineering of spiders when they create their masterpieces!

While not required for macro photography, a tripod is often a good idea. Macro magnifications usually result in a very shallow depth-of-field, so to compensate a bit you’ll want to use a small aperture, like the f/32 I used on this photo. Because a small aperture lets in very little light, you’ll need a long shutter speed in order to get the correct exposure, like the 1/3 of a second I used here. I set the ISO for 100 to reduce the image noise. For such slow shutter speeds, a tripod is absolutely necessary.

On another street in the neighborhood, I found some frost-covered autumn leaves, like the one shown here. It almost looks like it’s frosted with sugar, like a donut! I got four good shots of leaves in this area, which you can see by starting here.

I didn’t want to drag my tripod around for these neighborhood photos, so I opened the aperture to f/9, and bumped the ISO way up to 1600, even though that would introduce quite a bit of image noise. That brought the shutter speed to a more manageable hand-held 1/20 to 1/60 of a second.

I’m starting to realize that there is no end to the photographic opportunities that surround us. The question is, will we see them, and even more importantly, will we be motivated enough to take advantage of them, or will our laziness keep our cameras in their cases? The choice is ours.
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