HOW TO: Depth Of Field-An Alternative

In a post last week I discussed Depth of Field, and used a photo of a rhododendron flower head to illustrate shallow depth of field. I liked the shape of the flower head, and wanted to isolate it from it’s surroundings. By using a wide aperture setting and the appropriate shutter speed to give a proper exposure, I was able to put the background out of focus. And by doing so, the center of interest became the flower head.

I visited the site a few days later hoping the buds had opened so I could capture the flowers in mass with a more apparent depth of field. Using a smaller aperture and the appropriate shutter speed to give a proper exposure, produces in increase in depth of field, allowing the majority of the image in to be in focus. In this photo the emphasis is on the groups of flowers.

The sky was bright but overcast, and it had just begun to rain when I took this hand-held photo of this cluster of Rhododendron blossoms. I’m glad I took this shot of the flowers when I did because it’s been raining for two days straight. With that much rain, I will probably have to wait until next year to photograph these flowers again.

  1. May 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Great photo, David! I took several photos with greater depth of field yesterday. I was not able to get the shutter speed and aperture I needed, even with ISO at 1600. Your post has inspired me to try again today since I have more light!

    • May 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Karen, wow it must have been pretty grey out!! Keep on shooting!!

  2. tedgriffith
    May 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Excellent, David

    • May 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks Ted!!! It’s been a good spring for the Rhodies!

  3. May 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Great photograph… I loved the colour… Thank you dear David, with my love, nia

    • May 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you NIa, the color was pretty vibrant!

  4. May 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Rain puts a bit of a dampner on things doesn’t it? Pretty image!

    • May 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      It sure can! I went back to the same site yesterday and the blossoms were pretty much done…too much rain!

  5. May 17, 2012 at 1:13 am

    They are beauties!

    • May 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      They sure are…these bushes/shrubs are about seven feet tall!!

  6. May 17, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Very pretty!

    • May 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      They sure are. They are on another property downhill from us on another street…we call it the landscaped house. There are five or six of these about seven feet tall !!

  7. Jo Woolf
    May 17, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Perfect tones, especially considering the rain. Our rhododendrons are really late in flowering this year – probably because it still feels like February!

    • May 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Brrr chilly!!! It’s been good year so far.. last year the blossoms only lasted a few days because of the heat.

  8. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    May 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

    How stunning. Crimson, although I suppose these are pink, is one of my favourite colours. I envy you your spring coming on. I SO envy that time of year. In Australia, it’s winter.

    Truly beautiful capture of life 🙂

    Noeleen /

  9. May 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks Noeleen, well it seems like spring has jumped right into summer…but looking back it always does and then cools a bit. What are winters like where you live??
    Thanks for stopping by!!!

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