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Music is the Rhythm of Life…

by on May.24, 2010, under Life, Photography

My daughter recently attended her schools annual music camp and I was fortunate to be able to indulge my photographic passion by documenting the event. The vast majority of the shots were of the children and their instruments however I did take a few ‘artistic’ photos during the weekend.

All the shots are taken with my Nikon D90 and most of the below were using my Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens.

First up are some macro shots of instruments. This first a close up of part of a flute taken handheld (both the camera and flute):

1/160 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200, 135mm equiv

and this second is a violin handheld macro with my SB-600 flash wirelessly triggered to camera left and bouncing off the ceiling:

1/60 sec at f/8, ISO 200, 135mm equiv

The next macro is a very close up of the eye of one of my daughters friends. Again this is handheld and was extremely hard to take – both the subject and camera were moving slightly of course and the front of the lens practically touching the subjects face. With a depth of field that was probably less than a millimetre deep is was nearly impossible to get the lens perpendicular to the eye and the surface of the eye to be tack sharp in focus. I ended up taking about 20 or more shots to get this one which gives a good result.

1/200 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200, 135mm equiv

Reflected portraits of three girls all wearing red. I took the shot facing down at the puddle of water filled with autumn leaves with the three girls on the other side looking down as well – I then flipped the image vertically and you get:

1/60 sec at f/8, ISO 640, 135mm equiv

The one shot here not taken with the Tamron 90mm – instead this was taken with my Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens racked out at 200mm. It was taken facing up into the tree with the bright sky behind (candidate for CA here) with the afternoon sun above and to the right:

1/400 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200, 300mm equiv

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