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September 05, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

The Dollar is Up!

Today I have this as my offering, it's called:
The Dollar is Up!
I have always found money to be a good thing to have around, especially when you need to make a photograph, I was looking at the mess of my penny jar when I come over all inspired, you would probably be surprised at to how long this shot takes, but for those who care here are the stats: 2.5 sec @ f8. ISO 100, 100mm 2.8 macro prime lens on a 5d mk 3 off board flash, away camera right, with gold reflector to fill on the left.
To get the Dollar to appear distinguished from the others, I had it elevated on a stiff wire from underneath.  Some of you wise froods out there may ask why not open up the aperture to gain a shallow depth of field, the lens is a fast one, it goes to f2.8, to them I say Ha! I wanted the sharpness and best contrast, thats you get at the sweet spot of the lens.  Normally between f8-f11, this is common with all lens, after all they have to operate at their best somewhere.  Unfortunately, that is also a point that, creatively speaking, is the most hum-drum and boring, it is a middle of the road aperture that nearly only works well when, what you have as the main interest in a photograph is all in the same plane and parallel to the sensor of the camera.
This does not hold true for all lens' they do have a thing called a tilt shift lens that effectively skews the focal plane of the lens.

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