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31 Days to a Better Photo: Days 8-9

Guesswhat, guess what, guesswhat!!?? I am getting this! I really am. I went for a walk along the trail in my neighbor’s back yard, shot 144 photos. And I nailed DOF!!! Check out my Flickr Stream Photography Experiments to see some opf the one’s that I uploaded.

But for a DOF example, how is this?

And this one:

I used only manual Mode for all of the photos. I was able to set the aperture based on whether I was looking for full view/landscape style, or one with more DOF. I payed close attention to the shutter speeds. I even played around with some of the wind chimes and a slower shutter speed to get some movement in them as they were blowing in the breeze.

I have to say that 31 Day Series has been so helpful. I am even re-reading the book Darcy recommends, Bryan Peterson’s book Understanding Exposure.  I had gotten this a long time ago, and until now, it never really stuck in my head.Thanks Darcy!




31 Days to a Better Photo: Day 5 and 6

I am getting this! I really am. Darcy over at http://my3boybarians.com/ is amazing at explaining all of these technical terms.   I don’t have anything really that makes a good subject in the house to show off my new depth of field skills, unfortunately. I tried to take some of my plants in my office, but there is not that much actual depth in this small room. I took 5 shots, ranging from f/4 to f/22.  Even though it was difficult to see much difference, I *know* that I was looking for, and where under better  circumstances and more room, I would have seen some bokeh happening.

One of the best ways that Darcy could have explained dept of field was to say that you have to “think in planes “  I always thought of DOF as being “behind” the in-focus subject, totally ignoring the planed in front. As I was taking this batch of photos, I was almost able to visualize  the different  planes that would be in front of and behind the plant I had picked as the focal point.

I never thought I would say learning about aperture could be exciting, but knowing that I am finally understanding how it works, is pretty darn amazing to me.