Photography technical challenge: shallow dof

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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    • # Tom

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

      2012.01.27 Reply Cancel

    • # Justmeg

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

      2012.01.27 Reply Cancel

    • # Mark

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

      2012.01.27 Reply Cancel

    • # Ricardo

      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 ;))

      2012.01.27 Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha that last one.....a beautifully done photo!!! Wonderful post for the challenge, Beth!

      2012.01.27 Reply Cancel

    • # Leslie

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

      2012.01.28 Reply Cancel

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