Foto Friday: Zoom in!

Mar 09

OK, I didn’t realize Foto Friday was going to be such a hard weekly topic!

Something tells me I might need to think about making this twice a month instead of every week! But, if that happens, it will be down the road. For now, let’s tackle a new week of Foto Friday.

Specifically, making something that might not be so interesting into something that can be really interesting.

Mainly, I’m taking about using the zoom on your camera.

Not all of us have macro lenses — and that’s fine. I don’t have one and get by quite well without it. You can still get in on a photo and have a macro feel without having the specific lens.

Take, for example, a couple of weather shots I took for my 366 Project.

When I initially took this shot, I was thinking bigger. I wanted several pine trees with the snow all over them. But it looked crowded, jumbled and blah. I moved to different spots and couldn’t get anything that seemed good. I zoomed slightly to get part of a bigger tree.


This, of course, left me unhappy. It was cold and I wanted to get my shot for the day and call it a day.

Then I zoomed in. I changed my focus. I did some angles. and I got this shot, which I truly love. I made the focus on the pines and went with the snow just being part of the depth of field. I loved the way it seemed to pop. I took something that I was convinced wouldn’t be a good photo to something that I thought looked pretty cool.

Then there’s a wet day…

This was a tough one because I was hoping to capture a drip (which I did, but the focus went off. Argh!) I, again, took more of a wide angle shot trying to show the whole branch. But it was too small to fill up the frame and if I took away some of the depth of field, it became really busy.

So, instead, I zoomed in as much as I could. I wanted to get the pricker with the drops. I loved how this came out with the reflections and such.

The depth of field is something I was stoked about as well. This is one of my favorite shots from the 366 so far.

Even zooming in or making a frame as tight as possible can give odd objects a cool feel.

Take, for example, a hubcap.

I drove by this on a smaller road in an area town the other day.

I was late for an appointment, so I had to skip it on the way over. But the way back? I knew it was going to be my shot of the day. The problem was making it seem interesting.

Though this shot is OK, too, I felt being zoomed in gave it a little more life.

Because, honestly, things like this are seen quite often in my area.

Alas, I was up for the challenge. With a solid blue sky as the backdrop, I just needed to figure out how to frame it. I took many images as cars zoomed by, no doubt wondering what the heck I was up to!

I liked a lot of the angles I took. I made some wide-angle, some close in and shot from different vantage points. And I liked several shots.

But I thought the life was given to the object once I closed in on it, framed it on the right (rule of thirds!) and then made sure to get that wonderful sky and the country backdrop in the shot.

I got down in a catcher’s position and aimed up. I had to zoom in tight because the sun was behind me, thus making it quite hard to keep my shadow out of the shot. Then I snapped away and I was super pumped with the image that came out.

With digital, too, it’s easier to do things like this. Back in the days of film, you wanted to make sure you liked the shot beforehand because it could get expensive to develop all that film! So take chances, try angles and zoom in. Sometimes you’ll take something you don’t think would be a good image and make it into something wonderful!

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