Wednesday, February 17, 2010

On the Fence

Snow Line

While I was out in the snow with my camera this past weekend, one of the things that I played around with was depth-of-field. The depth-of-field of a photograph is now much of it is "in focus" or rather "appears" to be in focus. In particular, the long lines of contrast the snow tends to create are good chances to play around with very narrow, or small, depths of field; i.e. only a very thin sliver of the photograph is actually in focus.

That was what I was trying to do when I took this photograph. I think that it turned out pretty well all things considered. The lens I was using was not the best for this sort of technique as its' largest aperture is limited to f/4.5 to f/5.6 depending on how far out it is zoomed. A lens with a much larger aperture of say f/2.8, or even better f/1.8 oor f/1.4, would produce much better out of focus areas. That means the focus would gradate much more pleasantly to a very creamy / dreamy blur. I still like it though and am happy enough with the picture.

Keep shooting.


Pixel Peeper said...

You did get a nice amount of snow!

I like the picture, and how the pattern of the fence drifts into the blur.

LOL on the lenses with the nice large apertures and being good for any other possible shooting situation...I've searched on Amazon for those lenses, and they all had that "unlimited funds" price tag next to them.

Craig Lee said...


I know what you mean, but they are expensive for a reason ... they are worth it. Still need to be able to justify the expense though.