Depth of Field
Depth of Field (DoF) is one of my favorite areas in photography to play with. This is the zone in a photograph that is in focus, and everything outside of that zone is out of focus. When there is a tiny little zone in focus, that is called shallow depth of field. A wider zone of focus where nearly or all of the image is in focus is called a deep depth of field.
On Monday, I took the dogs out to our favorite hiking spot and let them run run run. I was armed with my 50mm f1.8 which isn't the best for action shots but is wonderful for playing with shallow DoF.
I typically save my deep DoF shots for wider landscapes but up on the hill, it can be used to my advantage as well. The area closest to the camera (the grass in the lower left) is out of focus while Galileo and the surrounding grass is in focus.
Here's an example of a bit of a shallower DoF. Galileo is bouncing over the brush, in focus, while the green hills and trees in the background are out of focus. This helps separate the subject from the background and draw's the viewer's eye to the in-focus focal point.
If you want to get super shallow, there are a number of ways to achieve this. A nice wide open aperture (the smaller the number, the shallower: f2.8, f2, f1.8, etc.), getting very close to the subject, and if your lens is a zoom then expanding it to the maximum mm focal length.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some muddy dogs who are very overdue for a bath!
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