Photography technical challenge: shallow dof

by Beth January. 27, 2012 1152 views

I have a couple other shots but haven't been loaded on this computer so this is my “stand-in” shot for the challenge.
I love using a shallow dof when taking pictures of flowers and when taking pictures of people too. It seems like even with a shallow dof there is variation in how shallow (blurred) the background is and what the resulting effect is. I like to use it when I want the subject to stand out more.
In a photo workshop I went to last spring I learned how to use the manual focus to get a clear, crisp subject with a soft focus of color in the background. I think I'll post this shot too just for comparison.

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Moira 5 years, 8 months ago

perfect shots lovely sculpture? in the first

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Chossid 5 years, 8 months ago

Excellent post, and 2 is so beautiful!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Yves Monast 5 years, 8 months ago

job well done

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Felecia 5 years, 8 months ago

Really cool (((((Bethany)))))

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Lisa Charbonneau 5 years, 8 months ago

very good!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Christa 5 years, 8 months ago

Shot 2 is wonderful!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sherij 5 years, 8 months ago

The last shot is just beautiful nicely composed great color! Nice DOF post!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Gonia 5 years, 8 months ago

very good! I prefer 2nd one - I love tulips!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Leslie D 5 years, 8 months ago

Both striking images.
I love the recycled bird and those flowers shot like that are just beautiful!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Masoud Ahmadpoor 5 years, 8 months ago

#2 is so lovely and what it should be for this challenge!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Marsha 5 years, 8 months ago

Wow....love that last one.....a beautifully done photo!!! Wonderful post for the challenge, Beth!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Ricardo 5 years, 8 months ago

1# is in a perfect timing :)
but 2# did you take this week? or is an archive photo? beth, don't be lazy :D you should learn with our game ;))

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Rob Gant 5 years, 8 months ago

Great focus, great set

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Mark 5 years, 8 months ago

Wonderful capture of this Bird! Beautiful 2nd shot of these tulips! Works great for this weeks challenge!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 5 years, 8 months ago

Good work!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jorge L Moro 5 years, 8 months ago

Beautiful focus and bokeh in the tulips. So well done.
J

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Eric 5 years, 8 months ago

the flower shot is just awesome! :)

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jennifer Litwinowicz 5 years, 8 months ago

i love both shots! that bird is awesome!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Glo 5 years, 8 months ago

I prefer the second shot, its quite beautiful and the shallow dof rocks! I think everyone should learn to shoot in manual mode!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jeniffer Sams 5 years, 8 months ago

Love the tulips

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 8 months ago

The second is "strawberries and custard"!
The first ... have you been playing with mecano?

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 5 years, 8 months ago

Wow great angle and beautiful tulips :))

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 5 years, 8 months ago

You did a great job here.
Love the first very much.

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Maz 5 years, 8 months ago

Stunning! The second is my fave. :))

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Lennart Andersson 5 years, 8 months ago

Great pictures.
Love the colors.

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Tom 5 years, 8 months ago

Is that a sculpture in the first shot? would like to see more Cool captures

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 5 years, 8 months ago

Great bird!! :))

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