An Ordinary Evening Bath – Testing Canon 100mm f2.8 L Macro Lens

I played around with a rented Canon 100 mm f/2.8 L macro lens the other day, and I think it’s safe to say that it is by far the favorite lens in the Canon lineup I’ve tried so far. If only I could afford purchasing one. It can do 1:1 macro and that can certainly be fun in and of itself, but besides true macro, just the ability to get anything in focus in whatever distance you want to is amazing and the 100 mm focal length is just right for a lot of what I like to shoot.

I had a tough night yesterday having to get all three kids bathed and in bed all by myself while not feeling too well. To take my head off my miserable state, I decided to drag my camera with that awesome macro lens to the bathroom while the kids were playing in the bath, not really having any clear plan of what exactly I was going to take photos of. And then I looked at my oldest daughter’s face through the inner transparent shower curtain that was covered with endless drops of water, and it looked so perfect. There it was – my shot. I managed to get a nice focus partially on her face while still keeping the water drops sharp but the lighting in the bathroom was too dark and flat to have what I captured on camera match what I had imagined in my head. So I grabbed a flashlight and while reaching it around the shower curtain with my left hand, I somehow managed to manually focus and take the image with my right. I have to give a lot of credit to my daughter, who not only put up with all that, but also, all on her own, leaned over and pressed her lips on the shower curtain, helping me create what is now one of my all time favorite images.

(100 mm, ISO 1250, f/3.2, 1/125 sec + flashlight on camera left)

Bathtime 2

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