A Macro Snowflake

Having Some Fun With the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro

I rented the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens for quite some time. With the weather (and not wanting to send it back) I contacted LensRentals.com for a couple of extensions. It was a fun lens to use if for nothing else than I was able to shoot some things that I have not shot up close yet. I could fake it a bit, but that was about it. With the weather turning bad came chance to try it out. Last week I took it out one day, but I was not happy with the results. The snowflakes looked pretty bad. I decided to try it again just after a fresh snow to see if the results would be any different. I love the little individual snowflakes. The ultra shallow depth of field also give the photo the tilt shift feel.

Making the Photo

I shot this with one of our hedges directly behind it. It gave me the effect of a black background. As I was processing this photo I noticed that it looked black and white. I tried moving the saturation slider up and back with no real effect on the photo. I ended up just taking all of the color out of the photo to minimize any distractions in the background. For this photo I was at f/4. I decided to change my f-stop to f/8 to see what that would do for the snowflakes. My depth of field was really shallow, and even going to f/8 at this close of a range did not do much. Now I know why people use a slider and merge multiple shots when shooting macro. Without any of that it was up to me to hold steady as I made this handheld. That is not easy when the windchill is in the teens.


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