A few weeks ago I found myself in a photography slump. I didn’t know if it was me, my camera, or my lenses, but no matter what I did I just couldn’t seem to get what I had in my mind to come out in my images. Don’t get me wrong, I was generating some really pretty pictures, but my work seemed to have hit a plateau and I needed to figure out what the problem was.
I was pretty sure it wasn’t me. Not that I don’t have a whole lot to learn – I don’t think photographers ever stop feeling this way, there’s always something new to discover! But, I feel fairly technically on point for where I’m at in this photographic journey of mine. So this left either my lenses or my camera body at fault and I was afraid of the answer either way. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s been an expensive year, and while I might be able to scrape together the money for a new lens in the next few months, finding the money for a camera body upgrade is just not going to happen in the near future.
Fortunately enough, there are a few options for photographers who are still growing their equipment collection. There are quite a few stores and websites that will rent equipment for a reasonable fee. Hoping to find the answer to my problem was in fact my lenses, I rented a 100mm Macro and a 35mm prime lens. I chose these because I’ve struggled with fine detail with my lenses and have seen and heard great things about the 100mm and I wanted to see how much more a 35mm is able to capture as compared to my 50mm.
I nearly cried tears of joy when I pulled these images from the 100mm up on my computer and saw how crisp and clear they were!! I was even a little afraid to show Surfer Hubs how awesome they had turned out since you could even see all the gashes in my bands from some of my less than careful moments…
Here are some of the edited images I took of our wedding rings:
For ring shots, I love the 100mm Macro. These were shot with an L-series but I’ve heard many photogs mention the non-L works just as well for how little you’ll use it. I’ve found that manual focus works best but if you can get your autofocus to pick up the front prong closest to you, you’ll get a great shot that way as well.