170520 Rebar - matthew piers robertson • photography writing creative toronto

There are tangles of rebar all along the lakeward shoreline of the spit, which are surprisingly difficult to photograph. You'd think that a twisted mass of rusted steel would be a natural and easy subject, but in truth it's surprisingly difficult. It really benefits from being able to work with the compositional precision and focus control of using a tripod, but finding a place for one is a struggle. The results look best when the camera is low, so using an SLR with an optical viewfinder is problematic; a flip-out screen on a mirrorless camera is ideal. Moderately wide lenses look good, and close focus really helps. A little touch of extra light is also good.

The first photo was a three-second exposure taken around sunset, while this second photo was a nine-second exposure taken somewhat later than that. I thought about trying to clear out whatever the debris is in the upper-right corner of the bent pipe, but I'm glad I didn't. It's an exceedingly large spider. Who says you can't photograph wildlife with a 35mm lens?


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