Depth of (Depth of (Depth of Field)))
A map of the garment district where I work. I wanted to get just the "You are Here" in focus, but after numerous attempts, including developing film, I gave up.
Parking meter in front of B&H. Guess how much it cost to park here on the street. Any guesses? Answer is further down the page.
Yellow twisted fluorescent energy saver light bulb. Say that five times fast.
Here is my favorite dee of eph. (Depth of food). A pastrami sandwich from the Carnegie deli, ogled last Monday night, which cost $12.75, but was eaten in two subsequent meals.
The meter cost 50 cents per 15 minutes, which is one dollar an hour, credit cards are accepted. The parking lot behind the meter is something like $15/hour. I hardly drive into the city, but when I do, I find on free street parking.
In Awe of the Jungle
Quachita Mtn exploration
This shot was taken without a tripod and using my Concord digital 3.2MP that has a fixed lens 9.0mm f/2.8. I think this one came out nice.
New Camera using DOF feature
The first is a shot of "he who shall remain nameless". I thought the light filtering through his mane made it look rather full (as compared to usual), and so I shot it... head . He was not impressed.
The others are nature shots, which I thought would fit the bill. More twigs and berries: dangling , obscure, and picky. And at the other end of the DOF range - a neat pic of a pond, with a bit of fog at sunset twilight. I'm loving this new hobby of mine!
sunrise or sunset?
Fun with focus
So, here are a few more examples of playing with depth of field.
I liked the road like qualities of this shot: Yellow Brick Road The flower is a Tansy. They grow in Northern Minnesota and are known to keep mosquitoes away. I liked how the picture was framed with flower heads on both sides of the picture. Focusing on the flower heads in front, you can see the progressive blur of the rest of the flowers as they go off traipsing down the yellow brick road.
[editor's note, by kwsNI] The following photos may be considered NSFW.
This next shot had to be taken with the smallest f-stop available...I think 1.8. Remember, to get good depth of field, you have to consider not only the f-stop, but the distance from the subject. I stepped back far enough to get some foliage in the picture that was close up, and would be blurred. The low f-stop allowed the trees and foliage immediately behind the subject, just about six feet away to start to blur. Mushroom on a tree You can see that the tree behind her arm is still in focus, and would have drawn attention from the subject had it been directly behind the center of the subject. The tree immediately behind the center of the subject is out of focus, which keeps the eye on the subject.
This next photo is slightly different. I used depth of field to create a "soft focus" on the main subject, yet at the same time work the eye towards the main subject. Eve of the North Woods The foliage up front is definitely out of focus, but the focus gets tighter as you approach the subject. Notice the lines in the picture to the right, created by the primitive path and bushes also point to the subject. Again, with a 1.8 f-stop and a quick shutter (to freeze the subject's movement), I focused on the trees and foliage directly behind the subject. In working with this particular subject matter, because I am an artist and interested in the feeling for the entire picture, I often use a soft focus.
Finally, again, what most would consider the subject, I considered the background. I focused on the flowers, and the model in back is blurred. Daisies I shot three versions of this picture, the second with both the background and foreground in focus, and the third with the background subject in focus and the foreground flowers out of focus. The one posted here is much more artistic, at least in my opinion.