Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - "Nifty Fifty"

Recently I pulled my "Nifty Fifty" out of my camera bag and experimented with a little depth of field. The 50mm f1.4 or 1.8 lens is referred to as the "Nifty Fifty" because it is a very good all around lens. The depth of field refers to how much of the image is in focus from front to back. This makes the pear, the ceramic, or the pine cone to be in focus and the stuff in the foreground or background to blur. This allows the photographer to bring attention to the intended subject while diminishing the importance of other objects in the image. It's a fun exercise.
Here the pear is the subject.

Now, the ceramic commands your attention.

Finally it's the pine cone's turn to take center stage. The f1.8 setting makes only the portion of the cone toward the front is in focus. Everything else is blurred to some degree.

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  1. I really like this, it's amazing how shifting what is in focus changes the whole picture.

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    1. It's an exercise that I do from time to time just to remind myself to look for and focus on what is really important in the photo.

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  2. I like all of them!
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/09/inwardly-gazing-with-monochrome-eyes.html

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    1. Thank you. I like exploring what lenses are capable of doing.

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  3. Yep, it's almost that time of year. I'm still waiting for it to cool down though.

    I love your photography.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. It was 88 degrees here yesterday afternoon. It's going to be 49 here tonight. Fall has come to the Ozarks.

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  4. it's as if you are painting with f stops! Have a fun photo day!

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    1. "Painting with f stops" I like that a lot.

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  5. Driller,

    Good lesson on depth of field! I need to practice with everyday stuff to create images such as this. It's easy, fun, and educational. How else am I expected to turn into a world class photographer if I don't practice, practice, practice? Thanks for stopping in and linking up today. Have a fototastic week!

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    1. The depth of field is an exercise that I don't do nearly often enough. Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogosphere.

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  6. Nice photos I like the way you have done them very festive too I love this time of year and the run up to dare I say Christmas LOL

    Have a photographictastic week :-)

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  7. The festive part is all my wife. I just photograph what she creates. and yes, the holiday season is near.

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  8. The low f stop is interesting, it adds a different aspect to photography. I need to take my camera off auto again and start experimenting again.

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    1. I am looking forward to seeing your experiments with low f stops.

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