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HBW – Photos at the Cemetery

November 12, 2008 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFlickr


HBW! (Happy bokeh wednesday)

These (fake) roses were taken at a cemetery back in July 2008. We were driving around New Hampshire on vacation, and I was thrilled to find one of my favorite cemeteries – in fact, it was the first cemetery that I photographed the summer before, when I first got my XTi.

The first time I visited, I wasn’t paying attention to where I was, so the location was forgotten. I was so happy to find it again!

If you are in the area, it’s the Davis Meetinghouse on Green Mountain Road in Ossipee, NH. It’s off of Rt 153. Yahoo map location

The photo below is one of my favorites from that first shoot back in 2007. It was so unusual to find a daddy long legs spider here. And these are the same roses in both photos!

Graveyard Daddy Long Legs

Have a great Wednesday!

There are 3 comments

  1. I wonder if that spider was annoyed it was a fake rose? Spectacular shot! I have a 50mm lens but I don’t know how to get great shots like this with it since it doesn’t do macro shots. of course I also remain confused on the whole setting the aperture thingy. I know setting it wide means the shallowest depth of field, because that’s why you can’t see as well at night – your pupil is wide open so the depth of field is too shallow! but after than I get confused…

    Comment by Allison Sheridan on November 13th, 2008
  2. haha, I don’t know, do spiders eat real roses? LOL haha. If so, then he was probably trying to take a bite!

    Anyway, I don’t understand the “why” behind narrow/shallow depth of field (dof) – I just know how it works. That is enough for me.

    But as you say, the smaller the number (ie f/1.8, f/1.4, f/2) the wider the opening of the lens. It’s hard to understand sometimes because it’s the opposite of what you might think. It took me forever to understand (and memorize) this.

    So, you have the Nikon D40, and the Nikon nifty fifty, so if I am not mistaken, you will need to use manual focus with that lens. At least that is what I have heard from others. I often use manual focus anyway with that particular lens, just because it gives me more control.

    So, just find a cool spot in some leaves, with a wide aperture of f/1.8 and get in as close as you can. Sometimes I set the focus all the way to one side and just move my body to focus where I want.

    Just experiment, and you will get some nice bokeh. Depending on the light, you might get bokeh circles or just some nice painted bokeh.

    But you don’t need macro; you can still get close enough, providing the subject isn’t too small. I find leaves and flowers work the best when you are first messing around with it.

    Hey anytime you want to talk photo, give me a shout!!!

    Comment by debbie T on November 14th, 2008
  3. Oh and I forgot to mention that there are also some cool Kenko Extension Tubes (set of 3 for about $170)

    Extension tubes are glass-less, so there is no image degradation; they can be used singly or in a group. They allow you to get closer to your subject. They are considered to be an alternative to a macro lens when used with the 50mm. But you can use them on any lens.

    I have a set on my Christmas wish list.

    Comment by debbie T on November 14th, 2008