When traveling, we often have to grab the shot and move on. I was drawn to this vintage fire engine and snapped a few shots. But, as you see from the first image, the scene is full of distractions. It’s no more than a record shot. There wasn’t much I could do at the time; the tour group was moving on.
Macro lenses give us a perspective like no other. Like this one of a bee in flight. But it’s darn difficult to get right. Depth of field is extremely shallow. You want the background out of focus but not the bee. So, balancing subject to background distance and focal plane to subject distances is crucial. Then you’ve got focusing, exposure and composition to consider. Lastly, you need a co-operative bee to fly into the spot you have in mind.
It can take a while.
Often you’ll come home with under-exposed images like the one on the left here. Most image editors can improve this to a degree such as shown in the second version. (Click on the first one to see them in a larger slideshow view).
But, Lightroom and Photoshop can do so much more. Except for two things. The first is the technical knowledge of the artist. The second is the vision. And they will always be there to challenge us.
In the third version of this scene, I’ve moved the light to where it looked good to me. I’m happy with the outcome. At least the image is no longer a dud. But, it always intrigues me to think that another artist might have done something quite different.
As always, it is technique and vision that will set us apart