Hmmm… so where do I begin? Melanie sent me two photos for the red competition. Does she not know that I can’t even pick out a dozen doughnuts? Decisions, decisions!
So this was my dilemma… one was a close-up of a red mug but I think what happened was, she was too close with her camera and because of this was unable to get anything in focus which made me clean my glasses just to be sure. Or perhaps it was visualized on the small screen of a camera and thought to be in focus. There is a lesson to be learned here. All lenses will have a range of focus… get too close and you will lose that focus. You must work within your lense capabilities and if that doesn’t work, it may be time to invest in a macro lense.
The second photo is the one I am presenting here. Her comment to me was that she was thinking about the challenge when she looked over at the fireplace and saw her red mug setting there and decided to shoot it.On second thought… let me also post the photo of her mug and let you be the judge. And here is the rest of the story… after transferring this image to Lightroom, I was able to see that it was taken at an ISO 400, at 49.7mm with a shutter speed of one second. So with this information, I surmise that it is virtually impossible to hand-hold this for one second and get a sharp image without using a tripod or setting the camera on a stable surface. The least bit of movement will show blur. If unable to do that, then try using flash to get more light on the subject so you can use a faster shutter speed. Easier yet… take the mug to a bright location and re-shoot it. You can also increase your ISO if you have that capability on your camera.
It is all about light and there is a fine balancing act between all of your settings to get the optimum image. It is important to know at what point you cannot hand-hold a shot. And perhaps that is why photography can at times be so frustrating until we grasp this understanding and know how to work with the numbers.
Thanks Melanie for your entries and I think we can all learn a lot by reviewing this information!