One of my greatest photography pleasures is to spend two or three hours photographing a single item from angles and distances other than the usual ones. This piano has been in my life for over nine years now and I’ve never really looked closely at it. I have taken a couple of photographs of it but they were pretty superficial.
I enjoy working with different focal lengths and at different distances from the subject. If I haven’t worked one particular way for a long time I find that I miss it and will often just put a particular lens, or attachment on my camera, or use the point and shoot on a particular setting and spend a few hours getting my eye back in.
I hadn’t done any real close up work for quite a time and felt the need to rectify that. I wanted to do some atmospheric, small depth of field image making which is a very different exercise than macro photography. On this occasion I wanted miniature landscapes not what look almost like, for instance, diagrams of compound insect eyes. Nothing against this type of photography, I have enjoyed it in the past and will, no doubt, do so again but my eye knew what it wanted to see.
The footpedals were shot with what was, in effect, a 15mm focal length, i.e. a very wide angle of view from very close while most of the other shots were made with, effectively a 10x macro attachment on a 28mm lens. There wwasn’t much avalable light and I didn’t want to use artificial lighting as I wanted to keep the atmospherics. This meant hand holding at very low shutterspeeds (as low as 1/2 seconds) but I did manage to stabilize myself and the camera pretty well.