April Assignment: DOF

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April Assignment: DOF

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In keeping with the idea of some basic composition themes, this month we are going to be looking at using our depth of field when composing our photos.

Depth of field (DOF) is quite literally the amount of distance between the nearest and farthest objects that appear in acceptably sharp focus in your photo. Many think only of using a shallow or very narrow DOF when composing a photo, but a very deep DOF is also a useful composition tool.

DOF is an often manipulated element in composition and an essential tool of every photographer.

Here are a few really nice tutorials regarding DOF to help get you started:

from Cambridge in Colour

from Second Picture

from Digital Photography School

To Blur or not to ?

from Studio on a Shoestring

I look forward to seeing your DOF examples this month! HAVE FUN!

Best,
GiGi

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Ok I'll go.....

Shallow DOF (f/5.6 @ 300mm):

Very deep DOF.....for getting sunbursts/rays of light, or moon details....

f/10 @70mm:

f/10 @ 300mm:

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PERFECT AMY! TFS!

GiGi

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Those are fantastic, Amy!

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Not the best, but it's all I have at the moment.

f/2.5 50mm

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Pretty!!! I love dandelion shots.

Here is another....

f/4.5 @ 154mm:

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Beautiful shots, love the dandelion, Steph... and the first one of yours, Amy, with the light on the leaves, is just gorgeous!

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Thanks Tracy!

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I thought I'd add these two photos in here, since they kind of fit with the assignment this month. It was an experiment with background compression that I did about a month or so ago.

These were both taken with my 55-250mm lens on the lowest AP that it would allow.

This first one was taken at 55mm at f/4.

The second, I took at 250mm at f/5.6. I had to back up quite a bit to get the gnome to the same size as the first. Notice how the background appears to be "closer" to the gnome, even thought I didn't move it an inch.

It gives the image a completely different look. The subject stands out quite a bit more with the background compression.

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Taken with a 50mm at 2.8

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That's gorgeous, Kerry, I love stuff like that!

Here's just a fun one with a shallow DOF:
The Old Favourite

In my recent "big share" thread I had a bunch with wide DOFs, but here's one from this week:
Cheam Wetlands 2