Cinco de Mayo
Happy post Cinco de Mayo. I hope you all are feeling well. I had a wonderful Cinco. I whipped up guacamole, added salsa and sour cream, and took a shot at getting a good image. I did alright. Close ups and single subjects are not difficult for me to shoot. My ‘blockbuster’ is composition… adding a napkin, a fork, perhaps both and a beverage. I am going to try adding something somewhere today when I practice.
O.K, back to the Mexican victory that took place in 1862, here is what they served…. just kidding. Here is what I served.
Did you notice I added a Margarita as an extra ? This photo is OK, but the highlights are blown out. Had this been a RAW file instead of a JPEG, I may have been able to save the sour cream by recovering some shadows and definition. My aperture was set at F8, and the shutter speed at 1/30 of a second. These settings allowed for most of my subjects to be in-focus, but with the Margarita slightly soft. I used my macro lens.
What is a Mexican meal without some kick a** peppers ? The top photo is of Habanero Chili Peppers. I am not sure of the peppers in the second photo, but I know they are warm ! These two images were shot with my macro lens, on a mirror, in my studio ( back porch), on a partly cloudy day. My aperture was set at F16, and the shutter speed was a 1/2 second. My ISO was set at 100. ISO stands for International Standards Organization. The ISO is telling the camera’s sensor how sensitive the light is. ( say that with a margarita ! ) If I had it set at 400, that would be for photographing inside, or darker venues. Typically, 100 is for bright circumstances, but I shoot on a tripod, which allows for a slower shutter speed, in turn letting more light in.
OK, enough talk about Margarita’s. Lets have one …..
Well, a glimpse of what we want. This was taken with my telephoto 70-210 at 170mm. The shutter was 1/6 of a second, and the f- stop was at F16.
Because this is a telephoto lens, F16 does not have the same depth of field at the same opening as a smaller lens, such as a 55mm, would permit.
My Cinco did not end there. I enjoyed a wonderful evening at my good friend EmO’s house. I could have taken many delicious pictures there, for EmO is an excellent cook and gracious host ! however, this was a party !!
One more picture for the road… This is more of an “artsy” shot. Could they use this one in a magazine ?