Yes, I'm not kidding.
During my visit in Cebu, I did see one in Ayala Malls. I didn't really expect this in my whole life, but Nikon and Canon have finally set aside their differences and joined forces to create the ultimate DSLR.
And here it is...
For the holidays, let me give you some Christmas-inspired macro photos for you to grab should you want some red-and-yellow-and-green colors on your desktop. Enjoy! ;)
A Little Christmas Gift
Lately, I've been seeing some really close-up pictures of people's faces where the point of focus is in the eye. The interesting part is that, if the image of the eye itself is viewed closely, the reflections of the surroundings can be seen on its surface (like the camera, lens and all, and/or the people/places around it, etc.).
I myself have taken some photos in this manner in the past, so it wasn't that much of a news for me when the fad took a rise. It however, made me take a second look at two of my photo accessories in the bag, specifically, my LED video light, and my set of extension tubes.
And thus inspiration hit:
1/60th of a sec. shutter speed at f/5.6, ISO 800
That's my eye, by the way, if anyone's wondering. ;)
So I decided to get rid as much reflection as possible by placing the video light to the side, which also allows the camera to move in reeeaal close to the surface of my eye, probably from a mere distance of 10-15mm. from, uh, lens to lens. ;) With the fairly small aperture settings, I made sure that every minute detail of the iris will be displayed in the final image.
Oh, and the eye color? Well... I've always fancied having a different eye color instead of the usual brown hue, so..... ;)
Nikon D90, AF-S Nikkor 35mm. f/1.8G lens, a set of extension tubes, Prolite LED video light
Today, Celene and I decided to have a little time off by taking a nice stroll around Eastwood City. It was a perfect thing too, since I do needed some R&R from surviving a week of various activities, and I also recently got (borrowed, actually) myself a nice portrait lens that I was then itching to try outside.
This particular lens is simply stunning in terms of image quality. It does exactly what lenses of this caliber would promise; produce sharp images even at its widest opening. The bokeh is smooth and creamy, as the image above would suggest; the background simply melts away like a dream. Take not though, that is is an f/1.8 version, and f/1.4 samples would produce something even more spectacular than this. Even with this lens alone, I already fell in love with its performance, except for one flaw that of which origin I couldn't seem to figure out.
The sample that I got though, sharp as it may be, would also fail to focus properly on a number of occasions, as expressed in this example: