A photo of a fall flower taken 2 days before Thanksgiving 2012, with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro at St. Lukes Garden on Hudson Street, New York City
100mm Macro 2.8
A colleague of mine pulled a little joke on a co-worker. The co-worker had a little bird on her desk. He took the bird, wrapped a napkin around it's eyes and placed a rubber band around it's torso, to simulate rope. The bird is only 3 inches long. Perhaps 2 inches tall. His goal was to send her a note informing her that her bird was bird-napped. He wasn't extorting money or anything. It was just for laughs.
He asked me to photograph the bird, so he can send her a picture of the bird-napped bird. We use large WACOM tablets. I placed the bird on top of his tablet and used my tablet as a background. Effectively making a semi-seamless. I used a small lamp to act as one of those hanging lights we are all so familiar with when someone is given the third degree when being questioned.
Since I was using a Macro lens, I knew my depth of field (dof) was going to be pretty shallow. I under exposed as much as I thought the image could sustain without muddy-ing up the bird. I went into Lightroom; and I used the gradient ND filter effect to under-expose the image further at the top, bottom, and sides. In the end my colleague loved it and our co-worker roared with laughter.
This photo was taken in the garden of St. Luke's Church on Hudson Street, New York City. I used a Canon 5D mark II with a Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro IS USM lens with natural light.
A photo of a New York City Calvery Officer while he's on horse back, at Times Square. The title says it all. He saw me lining up my lens from at least 20 feet away. He made the face on purpose. I believe he was having a bit of fun. It makes me smile.