Subject: Leaves, 100mm Canon macro lens, battleplans…
Opened the year’s first shoot with a new weapon of choice: the Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens. Always wanted a macro lens to shoot close ups of plants, insects, etc and finally got one to kick off the year. Went to the studio to shoot some test shots with the lens and to try also another new piece of equipment: a Sekonic L-358 light meter, which was needed for using my manual cameras as I do not trust the TTL metering on the Pentax K-1000 and the Canon AE-1. So I used some shots of myself to just to get use to the light meter (not using the macro lens at this point) and found it relatively easy to use. I shot myself sitting by the studio window looking outside, etc, but as I was sitting there I noticed the studio light I was using was casting a great light on a spider plant I have hanging by the window. I turned my attention to the leaves how they were backlit and the contrast between light and shadow on the leaves were striking.
I moved the camera to the leaves and grabbed the macro lens to shoot and the results were fantastic! The lens got the fine detail of the leaves texture and also captured the light at the edge as a sliver compared to the rest of the darkened, silhouetted leaf. I was enthralled with the results and cannot wait for the springtime for budding flowers, insects, plants, anything!
The time at the studio was used in discussing the plans for 2010 with my friend and collaborator artist Jeremy Pereira. The focus of the conversation being doing an artshow together with Fall River as the theme. The peculiars of when , why and where were discussed and ideas were thrown up to see what sticks. How would we tackle Fall River in our mediums? We decided it would be a year-long project and it would morph into other angles and light as we moved the project forward. So stay tuned on the evolution of what is to become…
Coffee does a body good at 1AM,
Mike Smith, photographer