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.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010