Musings on m
y life as a busy opera singer, voice teacher, photographer and mom - not necessarily in that order! I consider myself immensely fortunate to have carved out a way of doing all of these things which mean so much to me - it may sometimes get a little crazy, but it's always worth it. Welcome to the madhouse!

Friday, July 25, 2008

I was glad

Gladioli (and a dahlia) from the garden....


Beach Bum said...

Lovely! Did you take those outside? How'd you get the black background?

MG said...

Actually, they were in a vase on my dining room table - there was light coming in from the window which caught my fancy and started me snapping.

Some were taken with my 1.8 50mm fixed, others with my 28-105; in both cases, I tried to avoid using them at maximum aperture (which tends to be soft), although I let the camera go to wide open on a couple just to see how they turned out. Black background was simply the result of shooting in that light senza flash and with shallow depth of field, I'm assuming.

I want to know how you got the portraits you shot SO clean and sharp-edged - what's the maximum aperture on that zoom of yours - it takes STUNNING picture. I have an older Canon 70-210 which I love (although not an L, it's much higher quality than some similarly-priced newer lenses), but even that isn't getting the kind of clarity you captured in what looks like fairly soft light. Impressive!