Fine Art Photography in Georgia and folding laundry go hand in hand. Folding laundry is such a mundane task. Sometimes I think I will never get done. I always use the kitchen table so I can look out the picture window at the yard and ponds. Today, as I was folding and looking, I saw the butterflies coming into the yard and heading to the azalea bushes. I knew I had to get this image. I grabbed my trusty girl MiCanon (that’s what I have named her) and my 70-300 4.0. I didn’t have time to get the tripod so I knew I was taking a huge chance on blur. I bumped MiCanon up to 3200 ISO, upped my shutter speed to 640 because the wind was blowing the flowers around, I extended all the way to 300mm, and opened up as wide as I could to f/5.6. Since I didn’t have a tripod and I KNOW that I am not very steady with the weight of that lens on MiCanon, I tried the weird looking elbow hold that I had read about. OH MY WORD!!!! IT WORKED! I will try to explain this hold to you…you bring your left arm straight out, then bend your elbow and bring your fist into the middle of your upper chest area (above booby level). Then you rest the barrel of the lens on your bent elbow, bring the camera to your eye and shoot away. Awesome! The only issue…when the lens was auto focusing I had to lift it slightly off my bent arm so it could do it’s thing. But for the convenience and quick shot that I needed to make, it worked wonderfully. If anyone needs to see images of what I am talking about then leave me a comment and I will get some images up for you so you can try it too.
These images were not TACK sharp, but they are good enough for me. I call this slight blur “emotionally focused”…just a wonderful couple of words to use when the image is just pretty like that and it was a complete accident it happened. I did a slight painter effect on these as well. Enjoy!