It has been a great spring for wildflowers here in Texas. After a wet winter and spring with some nice drought breaking rains we have had a great wildflower display. Bluebonnets have already come and gone. It was a good show. Now we have a variety of red, yellow, purple, white, etc. A visual feast.
I took the 4x5 out today to see if I could capture some of that spring color. I had some Velvia 100 I wanted to shoot but I also decided to take the 50D along and hook it up for some digital work with the Arca-Swiss.
I carefully waded out into the wildflowers and found a good spot with some bare ground for the pack. Then I set up the Arca-Swiss. I went with the 210mm to compress the flowers. I shot a couple of sheets, then switched over to the DSLR to see what it could do.
When working with the DSLR I can only use the longer lenses to get anywhere close to infinity. Now the 210mm on a crop sensor DSLR is like using a 300mm on a full frame camera as I am only using a small piece of the image circle.
Open up the lens like I normally would. Use Live View to compose and focus. Use Aperture Priority mode for the image. Viola-image.
I get the 4x5 experience with instant digital feedback and I did not have to spend $30,000 for a high end digital back. I just get a smaller file and cannot use wide angles. However for what I was doing I thought the longer lenses would be a better choice.
I saw a few Indian blankets and thought they might be a good subject. Used the 10x on Live View to really check focus. Then it was just wait for the wind to lull for just a second.
Then when I caught that lull, I got this one. Canon 50D, on Arca-Swiss 4x5 with a 210mm Nikon lens.