D took this picture of a dandelion with a 100mm f/2.8 lens.
We’re looking for different things in a photo, D and I. He’s doing a lot of pixel picking. Sharpness is key when post-processing a photo. Each little detail must be perfect, every hair, every drop of water, every wrinkle. If you can count the eyelashes of your subject, D will be very pleased.
I, on the other hand, am more about contrast and colors and oooh, depth of field. I can go with less than perfect sharpness, or a slightly noisy photo. If the colors are vibrant and the contrast just right to make the picture come alive than I’m happy.
This 100mm lens is a real gem. It’s got everything. Look at that depth of field. The background is so smooth you can’t tell me what was behind that flower, can you? And you can see all the small striations on the petals.
Needless to say D was really happy with the end result of his dandelion and asked me if I like it.
I’m not crazy about the photo despite the excellent quality and detail. I’m hard to please, what can I say…
“It looks like a bath rug” I said. “Actually no, it makes me think of French fries”.
“French fries? Are you hungry?”
I wasn’t hungry. But even now when I look at the picture I still see McDonald’s fries.
Do you also see French fries in this picture? Please say yes so I don’t look like the only weirdo.