Today I have decided to do something about it. I'm starting a weekly photo challenge put on by PhotoChallenge.org. Each week the photo challenge authors will throw down a challenge in the form of a photographic theme. The challenge is to go out and make a photo within the theme of the week. The themes are designed to challenge photographers to try new things, get a bit out of the box, and best of all -- practice the art of photography.
I made my decision on day 6 of the first week so I had to move quickly. The theme for this week is MACRO - KITCHEN. I needed to quickly make a close up or macro photo of something in our kitchen. After spending about one minute looking around the kitchen this evening, I came across my subject for the week -- toothpicks.
|Week 1 - MACRO KITCHEN - Toothpicks|
These are in a little round plastic bottle designed so you can shake one out of the top at a time. Taking the top off the bottle reveals a repeating pattern of miniture logs daid out in a spiral pattern.
I tried shooting this with my 100mm macro but the depth of field (DOF) was too small. I couldn't get a photo with most of the toothpicks in focus. I switched to a 70-200 zoom with a 36mm extension tube, which allowed me to focus closer to the subject. This was taken at 200mm f/29 and then cropped down to a square image.
I'll learn what the next challenge is in the next few days. I can hardly wait. The slump is over!