Thursday, January 7, 2010

stay with me

stay with me

It was purely accidental. Or at least a part of it was. It started with my fascination to take a picture of twin items next to each other, suggesting one of them to be more prominent than the other. My plan to accomplish this was to find two items of the same kind standing side by side, one of them slightly further away from the lens. With an appropriate depth of field, one should be in focus and the other blurry while appearing almost of the same size.

There, I found these 2 wild flowers on the University Square's lawn. With one hanging not a lot further behind than the other, I thought I would need to select a razor-thin DOF (say f/1.8). However, practically anything less than f/5.6 makes the 'secondary' flower too blurred for my liking. One contributing factor was the close focusing distance. Thus, with all intent and purpose, I got what I was looking for--the primary-and-secondary shot.

But then, upon reviewing the shot on the computer later, I got a further idea. A further feeling if one may. I feel a story. A conversation involving a speaker and a listener: 

The speaker has come from far overcoming many things, finally crossing a small bridge that stems into the frame from the left. At the dead-end tip of the bridge, the speaker now stands; apparently furthest can it reach. There, the speaker tilts (to the right), reaching out. It has found the intended listener. Beckoning, the speaker has one last to do. To say. To say such words that fill the title of the picture.

Location: University of Melbourne, Australia
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/250s
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 50mm
Filter: N/A
Flash: No
Tripod: No

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