Michael ConnellComment

No flash with shiny objects

Michael ConnellComment

I like to attend the annual Cycle World show that always comes through Dallas/Ft. Worth.  There are so many cool bikes to photograph!  In the past, I used a point and shoot camera that forced me to use flash.  The problem is that the flash bounces off the chrome and shiny paint jobs, ruining a lot of shots.  This year, I took my 30D and a lens I recently acquired, a Sigma 30mm 1.4.  This fast prime lens allowed me to shoot in the 400-800 ISO range at the show with no flash.

On my 1.6x crop body, this lens puts me at a working 50mm.  This is a little tight for a motorcycle show where there are lots of people mingling about trying to have a look at the same bikes that I'm trying to take a picture of.  There weren't a lot of opportunities to back up far enough to get the full bike in the frame.  This forced me to get in closer and work with pieces of the motorcycles at a time.  To stay at or below ISO 800, I had to keep my aperture at or below 4, which didn't give me much depth of field.  This was a challenge, but it was actually kind of cool.  These conditions made me think harder about composition and creativity.  I was happy with the shots I got and it was really nice to walk around with a small camera bag.  Since I always ride my bike to this show, the less gear I have to pack, the better!