By Kerry Drager
I take my camera on just about every trip - even short ones - because I never know what I'll find!
A quick detour to a fairground (no events, but open to the public) revealed an outdoor storage area with rows of colorful portable fencing. The soft light of overcast - ideal for capturing details - and the colorful repetitions caught my eye. I zeroed in tight with my Nikkor 50mm 1.8 lens (compact, relatively inexpensive and verrrry sharp).
More shooting thoughts:
- I chose an off-to-the-side camera position, so the close-up fence posts extended across the frame at a nice diagonal.
- I used my d-SLR camera's Depth of Field Preview to get a desired sharp-to-blur effect (shallow DOF or "selective focus") - via an aperture of f9.5. A lower f/number (wide aperture) had too little sharpness and a higher f/number (small aperture) had more sharpness than I wanted. Without a DOF Preview feature, I would have experimented - by shooting the scene with various f/stops and picking my favorite later.
Yellow & Green Repetition
Soft overcast light; 50mm lens (telephoto with Nikon D2X "crop factor"); F9/5 @ 1/15th second; ISO 100; tripod with cable release