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gneto
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 300mm f/4 & 35mm f/1.8


Hello everyone,

I've been thinking about making an image of my favorite lenses for some time now (not that I have many lenses), and decided to go ahead and and do it already. Ended up being a nice exercise in composition & lighting.

Comments and critique really welcome, especially regarding the composition. Took me some time to come up with this composition, I like the way the 300mm dominates the frame (it is my pride & joy) and how my eye is taken to its front element, since it's brighter and the back of the lens (with the TC 14EII) is going out of focus. The two lens caps are there only to balance things up.

As always, feel free to edit it as you please.




  NIKON D3100    55.0-200.0 mm f/4.0-5.6 lens    55mm    f/11.0    1/200s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Dec 25, 2012 at 11:38 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 300mm f/4 & 35mm f/1.8


Very nice. I have tried this myself for selling lenses, not an easy job even when you are not looking for artistic results.


Dec 26, 2012 at 12:33 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 300mm f/4 & 35mm f/1.8


The front element is dragging me to the left edge of the frame, so I might like to see it oriented a little bit more centrally, but aside from that ... "Stick a fork in it" ... it's nicely done.

Edited on Dec 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM · View previous versions



Dec 26, 2012 at 12:46 AM
gneto
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 300mm f/4 & 35mm f/1.8


ben egbert wrote:
Very nice. I have tried this myself for selling lenses, not an easy job even when you are not looking for artistic results.


The worst part is cleaning everything up. Every single bit of dust shows - take a look at the smaller lens cap, which I forgot to clean...



Dec 26, 2012 at 12:46 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 300mm f/4 & 35mm f/1.8


Looks fine to me, sharp, good dof, maybe just a wee-bit more room on left?

Never tried this - wouldn't know where to start.

Regards,

Bob



Dec 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 300mm f/4 & 35mm f/1.8


RustyBug wrote:
The front element is dragging me to the left edge of the frame, so I might like to see it oriented a little bit more centrally, but aside from that ... "Stick a fork in it" ... it's nicely done.


Yeah, I was wondering if that lens would be taking us out of the frame or not... perhaps some more room on the left, as suggested by Bob, would have helped? I might just try this in 16x9 and see how it goes. I did try some other compositions, but they didn't work so well, and when I finally figured this one out I was so tired of adjusting the position of everything, then changing lighting accordingly... I simply called it a day. To make things worse, I don't think I ever had a summer so hot around here, around 40C (104F) almost everyday


And by the way, thank you for the feedback Ben, Kent and Bob!



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Bob Jarman wrote:
Looks fine to me, sharp, good dof, maybe just a wee-bit more room on left?

Never tried this - wouldn't know where to start.

Regards,

Bob


I recommend trying it - it's a nice exercise. Just be sure to have plenty of time, because it does take a lot of time... even though it seems simple at first.

Took your advice for some more room on the left, ended up changing the aspect ratio to 16x9:





  NIKON D3100    55.0-200.0 mm f/4.0-5.6 lens    55mm    f/11.0    1/200s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Dec 26, 2012 at 01:12 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 300mm f/4 & 35mm f/1.8


+1 @ negative space add.


Dec 26, 2012 at 01:15 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 300mm f/4 & 35mm f/1.8


Balances up well

Bob



Dec 26, 2012 at 01:29 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 300mm f/4 & 35mm f/1.8


gneto wrote:
The worst part is cleaning everything up. Every single bit of dust shows...

Man, is that true!

The last one looks very good.



Dec 26, 2012 at 02:42 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · 300mm f/4 & 35mm f/1.8


RustyBug wrote:
+1 @ negative space add.

agreed, that space on the left and the crop really helps.

I have done this only for stuff I was selling...it is harder than you think, especially when you need to show every little detail.



Dec 26, 2012 at 05:22 PM





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