Once upon a time, we tried to start up a somewhat periodic/regular routine of forum members collectively shooting the same "Assignment" over a period of time and sharing the results in a thread. A fun idea, but it just petered out rather rapidly for whatever reason. Maybe we just came up with a subject that didn't interest enough people or something, but perhaps it's time to try again.
For residents of temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere, fall is in the air. It's a great time to get outside and shoot a bit, and one of my favorite times to be out and outdoors, period.
With that in mind, yet recalling that not everyone shares in the season, I think it's an excellent time to try to restart a bit of collective shooting with a theme that may be particularly relevant to those of us experiencing autumn yet applicable to anyone anywhere. I propose a group shoot for the next month with the theme of "Small World". Basically I'm looking for detail shots, macro photography, any photos of small stuff. Anything from a modest point and shoot to a pimped out macro shooting SLR setup should suffice as far as equipment's concerned. It's just gotta be used well. Take some time, go for a walk, look around at the small details that you might overlook when passing by - their small-scale beauty might not be as grand as a forest in full fall bloom but they're certainly no slouches.
For those of you elsewhere, there's undoubtedly still loads of interesting small subjects around you, you just might need to work a bit harder.
Maybe we can start something that runs a bit longer than one or two iterations this time. Then again, maybe we won't even get past the starting gate.
Share photos, share suggestions, share technical details. Hopefully we can all learn a bit.
Of course I get this idea/urge right after
I post the picks from my recent macro playtime in the general thread. Oh well, I'll dig a bit deeper here. I've been playing around with some somewhat unorthodox macro setups lately
First, one from my 300 f/4 w/ tubes
Tech details for the interested:
Nikkor 300 f/4 ED-IF lens w/ 68mm extension provided by kenko tubes
Wide open at f/4
I'm cheating here, I posted a different crop in the other thread.
Nikkor 18-70 @29mm w/ 12mm extension (hooray for having the plane of focus practically touch the lens!)
and something with a boring ol' budget macro lens in the traditional ~100mm focal length
Phoenix 100mm f/3.5 macro