I was enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend at a local restaurant the other day and I saw this hill covered with dead weeds in a neighboring lot. Thought to myself – that might be interesting at sunset.
When I returned that evening, the restaurant’s outside patio was full, providing an awkward audience and a great soundtrack for me to work with. As I framed my shot with the weeds, toward the coffee shop and the sun beyond it, I laughed, wondering what the crowd on the patio was thinking of this 6’5” guy doing a really bad job of hiding in knee-high weeds with a camera pointed their way.
Concentrating on the shot, I knew I wanted to lose the background, but shooting into the sun doesn’t normally lend itself to shooting wide open. Enter the handy neutral density filter! In the end I shot this at ISO 200, 1/4000 of a second with my Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm at f2.8. The reddish bokeh (center, bottom) was from a car in the parking lot.
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