This week my photography focus was playing with depth of field. It was a good time to practice with wide and narrow aperture, and taught me I should remember to bring my tripod with me more often so I can get more stable shots to compensate for longer shutter speeds. But let’s jump in!
I snapped this photo while I was wandering around the university gardens looking for interesting angles and shots. I saw this little guy and decided I would get a shot, it even looks like he was posing. I was assisted in getting a shot with bokeh because I had my telephoto lens on at the time. The zoom and the distant background made for a good shot, the bird stand out against the blurry background.
I am not quite sure why, but my favorite pictures from this week include this statue. I found her in a grove-like area in the gardens, and thought the blend of trees around her and the lighting made for an interesting shot. My goal was to have my photo add to the original beauty that the sculptor had created.
This is a build-up shot to another photo I would like to take in the future. I have had the idea to get a picture of many bikes lined up on a rack, but started by taking this photo. I like that I was able to get a portion of exposed rack that leads up to bikes, helping lead the eye. As a side note, I found myself enjoying wide aperture shots over narrow, since it is easier to single out an object in an interesting fashion than it is to get a photo of many objects over a distance and keep it engaging.
On that topic, here is another narrow aperture shot. I had finished a quick shoot in the gardens and was walking to meet with my wife when I walked by this angle. I was impressed with how much there was to view in the distance, so I grabbed a quick shot. You can see the I-center, a main road, R-mountain, church spires, and mountains even farther off. This helped me understand how I might find and compose narrow aperture shots in the future.
I hope these shots playing with depth of field have been interesting and helped inspire shots you might look for in the future. Good luck!