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Photographing my beloved Vespa

    Besides photography I have another hobby, tinkering around my 1967 Vespa. I love to take it apart, experiment, learn the technique, bolt it all together again and drive it around. The Vespa is over 50 years and it shows. It has scratched and dents, but mechanically it’s ok. I’ve had the idea of combining both my hobbies for a while, photographing my beloved Vespa. The planning of the shoot began.

    Frontal photo of my beloved Vespa

    In my mind I saw a long empty road in the countryside. The Vespa in the middle and photographing with a low F-stop to generate anice creamy background. As I live near the Brabantse Wal, I drove around to find the spot. With the tripod mounted to my backpack, I drove on the Vespa to the spot I’ve found. It was a wonderful Sunday morning, with the sun shining through the leaves. What I really liked about this particular spot was the sunlight shining true the leaves, creating a nice colourful background.

    I recently bought the Fujifulm MCEX-16 macro extension tube. An extension tube shortens the minimum focus distance of your lens and therefore magnifying the subject. You’re able to create macro-like images. Is it the same as a real macro lens? Certainly not, but as macro is not my core photography, a relatively low-priced extension tube is a nice compromise.

    Gear selector of my Vespa

    Using the macro extension tube result in a very shallow depth of field. Getting a larger in-depth field requires larger f-stop numbers, resulting in longer shutter times to ensure enough light hits the sensor. A great example is the picture of the horn cap of my Vespa below. I wanted the writing for the most part in focus resulting in setting a large f-stop number (18) and a slow shutter speed of 1.5 seconds. Bringing your tripod is a must in this case.