I feel like photography has slipped away from me a bit these past six months or so. It's still a passion of mine but I haven't been photographing outside my comfort zone. As a photographer, you should constantly learn and grow and I've been hanging out on a plateau of sorts.
A few weeks ago, I dusted off my 105mm, f/2.8 lens and set off in search of subjects. When I added this lens to my equipment, I knew that it wouldn't be used as an everyday lens but that 35mm had been sitting pretty on my camera for far too long.
105mm, f/5, ISO 320, 1/60, natural light
105mm, f/4, ISO 500, 1/60, natural light
I've always been somewhat indifferent when it comes to macro photography. Yeah, there are some cool macro photos out there but aside from babies and wedding rings, I've never had the desire to be a macro photographer. Until I went to retrieve the mail and spotted this guy on our front steps.
105mm, f/5.6, ISO 320, 1/250, natural light
I'm not exactly sure why but I am oddly obsessed with that photo.
Here are some others from this past week -
And I'll end with two portraits of Emily, who was my only willing participant on this particular day. Yes, she is wearing lip gloss. She asks to wear it about once a month and then wipes it off a few minutes later. These were taken with my 85mm lens. She is sitting in a chair facing an open door, which was my natural light source and the light you see reflected in her eyes.
85mm, f/4.5, ISO 500, 1/50
That shutter speed is too slow for my hands so I bumped up the ISO, which allowed me to use a faster shutter speed.
85mm, f/4.5, ISO 800, 1/125
My photos aren't perfect but I'm happy with the progress I've made over the years. The best advice I've read for new photographers is to find your own style. I repeat that advice here because it is so true. Stay away from trends. I remember taking pictures on a tilt because everyone else was doing it. It didn't look right to me but everyone was doing it. I've learned to walk away from the trends and to follow what looks right to me.