This week I used and experimented with several different lenses in an effort to get closer to things. I could not get out of my mind those flip board games we used to play as a kid. You know the ones that would have 5 different faces, 5 different mid-sections, and 5 different rest-of-the-bodies? You would flip one face, then flip until you found the middle section you wanted to match it, then flip for the bottom sections. They were made with both animals and people. I have seen versions of them in today's world with Disney princesses.
Maybe this came to mind because it is flippin' hard to get really close to animals with a camera and lens in your hands unless they are asleep or heavily sedated.
At any rate, some lenses will let you get close and some will not. Some will present a shallow depth of field the closer you get and some will not (and this can also depend on your settings with a particular lens). I tried a 50mm, my 24-70mm and a macro (35-105mm). Over and over again. Not in a PITA over-and-over again sort of way, but in a FUN over-and-over again mode.
Because getting closer will undoubtedly leave quite a large portion of your image out of focus (that depth of field thing) I always feel it's a good thing to use a creative crop. I also used texture overlays on all of these images.
As part of the process, I learned that Lilah will sit for anything, even getting uncomfortably close to her with the camera because she knows beyond the shadow of doubt that a treat will follow. It is often hard to keep her OUT of photos you don't want her to be in.
Of course, this method CANNOT be used with eight dogs in the room. The resulting kerfluffle would not be something ANYONE would want to be close to.
So my question to you would be, do you think you can recognize which image I took with which lens? I am not quite sure how to give you the answer. It's not like a crossword puzzle, where I can put the answer on the back of the page, or write the answer upside down at the bottom.
But, if you decide to respond in the comments section, I will reply and let you know if you are correct. Give it a whirl. See what you think.
Here is a final photo of Lilah's full head shot. It's her close up, Mr. DeMille. I find it much easier to get closer to flowers, insects and small amphibians. Except spiders. Never spiders.