Last week, using my iPhone, I shot several pictures of many of my old watches. Shooting with an iPhone has some significant limitation, and shooting close ups (macro photography) with an iPhone is particularly challenging.
Most of those shots were just awful, frankly. Blurred. Even though I mad some attempt to focus the photos… Pulling focus is always a huge issue, even with good cameras/lens.
So, I felt compelled to shoot some of the watches again using my Canon 5dMK2 and 100mm 2.8 macro lens. I played a bit with depth of field (how deep the area selected to be in focus is). Some of the photos below have a very shallow depth of field while others are somewhat deeper. The challenge: without using anything but the ambient light in the room, how deep can the depth of field go without having grainy images because of high ISO?!
For some reason I felt compelled to stop these photos down. (Maybe I was in a somber mood or something? I don’t know. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and I still don’t dislike the more dramatic look.)
So, here you have some of them…