In an effort to kick start this little thread again, I thought we'd try something a bit different this month.
Conveying a three dimensional space on a two dimensional plane can be a difficult task. The 2 most common ways to produce depth in a photo are using a hyper-focal DOF with a wide lens or using a very shallow DOF with a long telephoto lens.
The objective of this month's exercise is to practice both techniques.
Use a wide lens to help create a very deep DOF and make sure you show distinct foreground, middle-ground, and background. (Tip: Angle you camera slightly downward to help included a little more foreground)
Use a telephoto to employ what some call the "cut-out" technique. Focus on your subject and throw the background completely out of focus. This will isolate your subject and if done correctly can make you subject look almost like a cut-out.
These are 2 very different techniques, but both serve to add interest and depth to your photos.
If you are in the mood for some editing challenges, you could also try the Out Of Bounds (OOB) method. I have used this in some of my collages and it's a lot of fun to play with.
Here's a link to a tutorial & some examples if you're interested in this method:
Most of all, I hope you can all have some fun with this little assignment!
OK I have one I took yesterday that seems to work for this assignment; please let me know if I am wrong!
But I captured some foreground as well as middle (subject) and background here, and it seems to really be dimensional to me...to portray a viewpoint from within my garden, since the foreground flowers are there too.
I'm sure I could do better than this for the assignment but this one seemed like a start.
I may try using different tricks to do this one. Sounds interesting but don't have the hardware for it.
* Amanda *
Great example, Amy!
We were on vacation last week and decided to check out a cave near San Antonio. Though I feel like I didn't get the shots I really wanted, I did get a few that seem to work for this assignment:
and just for fun, I did one of the OOB examples too (Logan loves to see these):
I'm hoping to get out and try to do better with my in-camera examples.