Cool Abstract Sand Patterns

Posted: April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized
If you live near a beach, go check it out for some cool abstract patterns. I shoot these with my largest f-stop, f/32, to get all the sand and pattern in focus.. Don’t go the day after it rains, the rain washes away the patterns, so wait a few days after a rain for the patterns to rebuild.
Use the “Structure” slider in Viveza 2 to help pull out the texture in the sand.








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  1. Your choice of terms confuses novice photographers: “I shoot these with my largest f-stop, f/32.” Aperture f/32 is the SMALLEST aperture on many lenses, not the largest. The number 32 is larger than the number 4, but aperture measurements are the ratio of lens iris diameter/lens focal length, always presented as a fractions, so f/32 (1/32) is smaller than f/4 (1/4). Please do not dilute optical fact and nomenclature based on “accepted” use. Educate novice photographers by using proper terms. Please do not pacify those who want to use common terminology because they do not understand the math used to determine aperture measurements (f/stops).

    • Mike Moats says:

      Douglass, it’s not confusing at all. I said I shoot these with my largest f/stop number F/32, which is my largest f/stop number. I’m not talking about the aperture, I’m talking about my f/stop number I chose. I teach novice students every weekend and never once mention the aperture. I don’t care about the aperture and what it’s doing inside of the lens. Neither do the novices care about what’s happening inside the lens, all they want to know is how to adjust the amount that will be in focus when they shoot. I tell them the smaller the f/stop number, the smaller the amount of focus, and the larger the f/stop number the larger the amount of focus. That’s all they need to know to achieve depth of field, where to set their f/stop number. It doesn’t matter what is happening inside the lens nor is it important to a novice. You just confuse them when you start getting technical with what is happening inside the lens with the aperture opening and closing. If you tell a new photographer that if they want to take a picture, just press this little button on the camera and it will take a picture, you don’t go into details on the mechanics inside the camera on how the shutter trips when you press that button to take the picture, it’s not important how it happens, just need to know when you press the button it takes a picture. Same with the f/stops, just need to know where to set the f/stop number to achieve the desired amount that will be in focus. My students tell me it’s the first time they understood the f/stops in simplistic terms, and not confusing them with the aperture opening and closing in relationship with the f/stops.

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