On Appreciating Just How Shallow f/2.8 Actually Is

By | 2012-04-02T10:43:11+00:00 Apr 2nd, 2012|

It was a pretty wet weekend here in Portland. Sporadic breaks of blue sky and sun would essentially flanked with varying heaviness of rain. So goes PDX, I guess.

One of the goals that I looked forward to meeting this weekend, though, was getting at least one shot for what is quickly becoming a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine – #MacroMonday . This Search Tag is curated by the G+ G.L.O.M. (Gorgeous Ladies of Macro – +Kelli Seeger Kim, +Kerry Murphy and +Jennifer Eden).

Admittedly, it had been a very, very long time since I slapped on the ol’ 100mm Macro lens. I forgot just how sensitive f/2.8 actually is when you’re focusing in that closely. If you look at the little branch, you’ll notice the water drop is perfectly in focus and as you trail upward, we start getting into a break and very quickly lose focus. The branch actually bent backwards, maybe by 1 or 2 millimeters, but it was enough for it to essentially exit the plane of focus.

It was a quick reminder of how much padding I need to factor in as far as my f-stop goes when getting all intimiate with my macro subjects. But, the good news is that it rekindled all sorts of fun ideas and I’m really excited to take part of this awesome Monday tradition.

Thanks for curating it, ladies!

In terms of processing
Nothing very special here. One exposure taken with my Canon 100mm Macro lens. As you can see, the water drop was my focal point with not much wiggle room. I did position it aggressively against the left side of the frame so that I could fill the right side with some shrubbery, thereby breaking up the rather bleak color.

Stylization was achieved in Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software. Mostly a custom Duotone with some tonal contrast masked onto the drop for texture.

Final touches in Adobe Lightroom 4.1 RC.

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96 Comments

  1. Maggy Meyer April 2, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Awesome composition and excellent image, Brian. Love also the colors!!

  2. Benoit Chassé April 2, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Really magnificient!

  3. Kerry Murphy April 2, 2012 at 8:58 am - Reply

    This is gorgeous, +Brian Matiash! That is one fat juicy drop and the tones are the sort that make me swoon. I'm happy you were inspired to join us this week and I do believe that is the best set up us girls have had thus far – G.L.O.M! Love it!

  4. Kelli Seeger Kim April 2, 2012 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Freaking AWESOME shot, +Brian Matiash. Awesome. "G.L.O.M." – Ha ha ha ha! Love it. You do know how to flatter a gal. ;-)

  5. Sebastian Ruhs April 2, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Great! I love the colors and the nice depth of field!

  6. Manuela Azevedo April 2, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Beautiful!

  7. Shelly Gunderson April 2, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Wow, beautiful! Lovely tone and great DofF.

  8. Brian Matiash April 2, 2012 at 9:28 am - Reply

    +Kerry Murphy +Kelli Seeger Kim I thought you may like that… ;)

    Thank you, all, SO much for the kind words and +1s! Macro FTMFW!

  9. Reuben Cohn April 2, 2012 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Really nice shot, very clean, excellent colors! +2

  10. Douglas Sandquist April 2, 2012 at 9:41 am - Reply

    This is very nice!

  11. Dave Veffer April 2, 2012 at 9:42 am - Reply

    +1

  12. Alex Bass April 2, 2012 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Nice shot dude.i love playing with macro. Is this macro monday a circle on here or just an informal thing?

  13. Peter Ortado April 2, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

    That photo is beautiful, thank you for sharing

  14. Lisa Langren April 2, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    i love the photo <3

  15. Brian Matiash April 2, 2012 at 10:13 am - Reply

    +Alex Bass It's not a circle – rather, it's a curated hashtag that you can save as a custom search here on G+.

  16. Brad Sloan April 2, 2012 at 10:14 am - Reply

    This is great +Brian Matiash the colors and drop details really pop.

  17. Annelise Hansson April 2, 2012 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Magnificent shot & one which speaks volumes. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Alex Bass April 2, 2012 at 10:22 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash cool thanks. I'll have to check it out when i get home on the computer. Once again, i realy enjoy following you

  19. helen samanon April 2, 2012 at 10:23 am - Reply

    amazing piccy how did u get that like that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Maryan Pelland April 2, 2012 at 10:30 am - Reply

    ahhhhhhhh. I tried for one on a lilac yesterday but my eyes are not good enough to see the focus, or lack of.

  21. Pete Godfrey April 2, 2012 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Brian – If you think that's shallow, check out the Leica Noctilux f 0.95 lens: http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2009/12/09/the-leica-50-noctilux-f-0-95-lens-review/ (though at $10k you may want to sell an organ or two !)

  22. Brian Matiash April 2, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    +Pete Godfrey I don't need two kidneys, do I?

  23. b venkatesan April 2, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    NICE CLICK

  24. Brad Sloan April 2, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Need is such a fluid term +Brian Matiash

  25. Maria Turner April 2, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    lovely, like a jewel

  26. Chef Manoj Das April 2, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    rare yaar

  27. Brian Matiash April 2, 2012 at 10:50 am - Reply

    +Brad Sloan Appropriate use of the word fluid, as my kidney would be filtering much of the beer fluid that I'd be imbibing to forget about how much money I dropped for that lens. :)

  28. George Hough April 2, 2012 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Thank you so much. I needed a little beauty for lunch and your photos provided more than that. I will send some sunshine Portland's way.

  29. Chris Smith April 2, 2012 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Love the cool colors, and the gradients. Gorgeous!

  30. priya debnath April 2, 2012 at 10:53 am - Reply

    so breathtaking

  31. Brian Matiash April 2, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I'm sort of shocked/amazed that this little water drop image made the What's Hot section here on G+. Thanks to +Dave Veffer for the heads up. :)

    And THANKS to all of you for receiving it so kindly.

  32. Dave Veffer April 2, 2012 at 10:58 am - Reply

    It's because you're hot!

  33. Brad Sloan April 2, 2012 at 10:58 am - Reply

    That's Hot

  34. Brian Matiash April 2, 2012 at 10:59 am - Reply

    +Brad Sloan I hope you said that in your best Paris Hilton voice.

  35. Victoria Morgan April 2, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Me like!!

  36. Brad Sloan April 2, 2012 at 11:01 am - Reply

    That was the intention +Brian Matiash. You can only go so far with italics. A little imagination on the other end is needed.

  37. Brian Matiash April 2, 2012 at 11:02 am - Reply

    +Brad Sloan Indeed, my friend.

  38. Gabriela Green April 2, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Something so small, so beautiful.

  39. Robin Griggs Wood April 2, 2012 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Really gorgeous, Brian. I love the colors and a most excellent composition!

  40. William Johnston April 2, 2012 at 11:07 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash It's not the drop but the manner in which it is submitted

  41. Adam Menges April 2, 2012 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Beautiful photo!

  42. Linda May Hughes April 2, 2012 at 11:23 am - Reply

    I am holding my breath waiting for the drop to fall…lovely!!

  43. hayley holmquest April 2, 2012 at 11:24 am - Reply

    agreed ^^

  44. Angelique Garcia April 2, 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Its pretty :3

  45. Vijay Kumar April 2, 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Nice Pic

  46. justin lopez April 2, 2012 at 11:28 am - Reply

    uhhh ya

  47. Siddhartha Biswas April 2, 2012 at 11:31 am - Reply

    brilliant job…

  48. ambadas pawar April 2, 2012 at 11:33 am - Reply

    VERY NICE!!!!

  49. Jason Thomas April 2, 2012 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Brian, that is a great photo and a great idea that one day a week you work on Macro photography. One that I think I will steal for myself.

  50. Carol Bay April 2, 2012 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Jaw-dropping:)

  51. sofie steel - taylo April 2, 2012 at 11:48 am - Reply

    soooooooooo cool

  52. Brian Matiash April 2, 2012 at 11:53 am - Reply

    +Jason Thomas Good artists copy. Great artists steal. Have at it, my friend!

  53. Lauren bichara April 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I have some friends that live in Portland. I dont know if I could deal with all the rain. I love my sunshine.

  54. zach cobbs April 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    hell yeah i love the sun to but with a little rain is beautiful

  55. waterlily glitter April 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    water is life!

  56. zach cobbs April 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    you know we survived off beer back in the 1800s because we didd'nt know how to purify the water to drink it lol we drank beer till some people died lol

  57. zach cobbs April 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    it was the only purified source of water they had

  58. Cassidy Isaacs April 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    YOU LIVE IN PORTLAND!!!!…I LIVE IN INDIANA!!!!…WHERE IS PORTLAND?

  59. veer shah April 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    hi cassidy how r u

  60. Kuba M April 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm - Reply

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  61. J. C. Russell April 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    +Cassidy Isaacs its near the stateline on the ohio side. about 2 hours from Westfield where im chlling out at :)

  62. Don Johnson April 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Mmmm… bokah!

  63. Al Seaman April 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    dew it

  64. Megan Sullivan April 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    sometimes i think i see them come out my eye and go down my face

  65. asim shah April 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    hi megan

  66. Line Dallaire April 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Your picture is wonderful

  67. Rhea Surgimath April 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Exquisite photo!

  68. Lissette Loge April 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    great shot!

  69. madison perkins April 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    is that rain

  70. Page Proctor April 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    One word. Wow.

  71. josh lee April 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    awesome

  72. Rishika Kumar April 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    that looks so cool.

  73. Christopher Toon April 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. I achieved this effect – http://500px.com/photo/6191176 – using my M.Zuiko digital f1.8 prime lens with my Olympus PEN E-P3.

  74. Raju Ahmmed April 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    nice

  75. ree talimao April 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    beautiful

  76. W Brian Duncan (AKA IPBrian) April 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Nice…I have been thinking about this lens…I end up doing some food work strangely enough and it seems like it might come in handy at times.

  77. MaryLovesJustice Neal April 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Brian, I love your photos. May I use this one for one article? It is perfect for my motto: A steady drip of water hitting in the same spot over time will make a hole in hard rock. Of course, I would give credit to you and ask people to visit your portfolio or website. Let me know, please. I'm at MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com– See my profile on Google.

  78. MaryLovesJustice Neal April 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Brian, I love your photos. May I use this one for one article? It is perfect for my motto: A steady drip of water hitting in the same spot over time will make a hole in hard rock. Of course, I would give credit to you and ask people to visit your portfolio or website. Let me know, please. I'm at MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com– See my profile on Google.

  79. Ajaya Dahal April 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm - Reply
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  81. brianna jacobs April 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    wow nice pic ;)

  82. brianna jacobs April 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    wow nice pic ;)

  83. Brehanna Abraham April 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    smh

  84. Brehanna Abraham April 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    smh

  85. John C Pickens April 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    beautiful Briaan I love the texture and the blending of the colors in the back ground.this is a perfect peice. TY

  86. John C Pickens April 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    beautiful Briaan I love the texture and the blending of the colors in the back ground.this is a perfect peice. TY

  87. Daria Parker April 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    so pretty.

  88. Jadyn McCullough April 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    thats soooooo pretty

  89. Pablo Morossini April 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    reminds me of Tony O'Connor's music

  90. kaylee anne thurston April 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    so cool !!!!!!!!! love it !!!!!!!!!

  91. Midhun Janardhanan April 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Very nice…………….!!!

  92. pretty naina April 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    niceeeeeeeeeeee

  93. Navin Harish April 3, 2012 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Lovely macro. 2.8 is shallow indeed

  94. Chris Lazzery April 3, 2012 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Awesome simplicity here.

  95. Adeetha Sandeepani April 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    nice pic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  96. Anna Lowry April 5, 2012 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Such a pretty drop of water, babe. :-)

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