Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Up Close and Personal

When I take photos of Zoe and Lexi I always use one of my zoom lenses.  Admittedly, they are used to being photographed and do a good job of posing most of the time.  However, they do have the tendency to creep their way toward me while I'm shooting, as they get more and more anxious for the treats that they know are coming.  If I have a zoom lens on my camera, I can quickly and easily change my focal distance as they inch their way in, and keep right on shooting.

I'd never tried photographing them with a prime lens because it just sounded like too much work.  I knew that as they kept moving closer to me I was going to have to keep repositioning myself over and over again.  But it is impossible to beat the image quality of my 50 mm.  It takes such pretty pictures that a few days ago I decided to give it a try with them and see what I managed to capture.  (For the non-photographers reading, this lens focuses at a single set distance so instead of zooming in and out with the lens I have do it with my body by moving closer or farther away from my subject.  Not an easy feat when I am sitting or laying down to take all of the photos.)

It took a lot longer than it usually does, but I did end up getting a few good portraits. I also ended up capturing a lot of interesting close-up images of each of them. As they moved in closer to me, I just kept shooting until they got too close to focus on any longer.  Because the clarity of this lens is so freaking amazing, I ended up digging some of these images and decided to toss them on the ol' blog for something a little different.

Zoe and Lexi: Up close and personal...

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the photos!

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