Unit 1: depth of field

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The beautiful Stefan Sobel guitar owned by Alan Franks. I experimented with depth of field at F1.4, focussing on different parts of the guitar neck, the frets and strings, using the lovely gentle natural light of an early February morning and switching off all artificial light in the room. (Check out Alan’s music here the latest album here.)

 

Cactus in the Princess Diana Conservatory

Opuntia Robusta cactus from Mexico, in the Princess Diana Conservatory at Kew Gardens

Spanish Angel at Kew

Pelargonium or Spanish Angel flowering in early Feb in the Princess Diana Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Early Feb in the Palm House at Kew

Photograph of leaves in the Palm House at Kew Gardens near Richmond, London

Leaves in the Palm House at Kew in early Feb

Photograph of leaves in the Palm House at Kew Gardens near Richmond, London

In the Palm House at Kew in early Feb

Photograph of leaves in the Palm House at Kew Gardens near Richmond, London

Kew Gardens Temple of Aeolus

Temple of Aeolus, Kew Gardens

Daffodils in February at Kew

Experimenting with depth of field at F1.4. Here the focus is on the daffodils in the foreground

Week 2: Aperture – size and number, shutter speed – time – shorter – longer. Home work: Depth of Field exercise. Depth of field = zone of relative sharpness. F1.4 to create large aperture and therefore shallow depth of field = soft background. On fourth pic, contrasted with third pic by focusing on different leaf. Experimented with better effect by ensuring background at distance from subject. Used low apertures to isolate subject from background.

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