EYV 2 Exercise 2.6

The brief

Use a combination of wide apertures, long focal lengths and close viewpoints to take a number of photographs with shallow depth of field. Try to compose the out-of-focus parts of the picture together with the main subject. Add one or two unedited sequences, together with relevant shooting data and an indication of your selects, to your learning log.

My shots

f/4.5 1/60 ISO 800 focal length 135.00 mm

f/4.5 1/80 ISO 800 focal length 135.00 mm

f/4.5 1/50 ISO 800 focal length 135.00 mm

f/4.5 1/50 ISO 800 focal length 135.00 mm

f/4.5 1/100 ISO 800 focal length 135.00 mm

f/4.5 1/160 ISO 800 focal length 100.00 mm

Comments

I found framing these shots a bit more challenging because the balance between the in-focus and out-of-focus areas change the composition and it wasn’t until I looked at the shot afterwards that I could really see what it looked like – not because I couldn’t get a live preview of the blurring (I could) but because I found I needed to step back a bit to see the overall balance of the image.

With the images showing my in-focus reflection in the mirror ball lamps I tried three different focal lengths (100 mm, 135 mm and 200 mm) and was surprised to find that although changing the focal length altered the perspective somewhat, it seemed to have little effect on the degree of blur in the out-of-focus images.