Susan is our resident artist, although she would never admit it herself. Compare her minion pumpkin to my mangled triangle eyed basic pumpkin (which wasn’t even worthy of a picture) and it is easy to see why I say this. These days at halloween each kid buys their own pumpkin to carve. Then usually right around the time we get the top cut off they have lost interest and Susan gets two pumpkins to carve herself. She usually pretends, without much success, that she doesn’t enjoy it.
This picture highlights what we like so much about our 50mm fixed focal length lens in general, and especially with portrait photography. Our 50mm lens has a maximum aperture of 1.4, the next closest lens we have for getting this wide of an aperture is the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens which is no where near as wide. Not to mention the 28-135mm lens is a variable aperture lens so the only way to have get the f/3.5 is to be zoomed all the way out to 28mm. Having this wide aperture is what let me get Susan and her pumpkin in focus and have the background be blurry. In a picture like this the background would just be a distraction and take away from the main focus of the picture. Making the background blurry instead draws even more attention to the main subject which is exactly what I wanted.
For the people paying attention to the camera information, the date on this picture is not a mistake. Our old neighborhood would move Trick or Treating to the weekend after Halloween if it fell on a weekday. So no, we don’t just randomly carve pumpkins throughout the year! It is also interesting to note that this picture was taken a couple of years ago. Who would have known that a minion pumpkin would have probably been even more popular this year?
We wish everyone a fun and safe Halloween!
Minion Pumpkin Information
- Taken By: Paul
- Date Taken: 2-NOV-2013
- Camera: Canon EOS 7D
- Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
- Exposure: 1/250 sec at F/2.8
- Focal Length: 50 mm
- ISO: 100
- Flash: Did not fire