Day 36 – Move those feet

One of the things that Emma mention in her #Remarkable year posts was to consider the background and foreground… so I took some experimental images this morning… I was looking at the daffodils with my zoom lens….

ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 18mm, F4.5, 1/320 sec - over the road.
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 18mm, F4.5, 1/320 sec – over the road. – Widest Angle
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 35mm, F5.6, 1/160 sec - over the road.
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 35mm, F5.6, 1/160 sec – over the road.
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 120mm, F5.6, 1/125sec - over the road.
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 120mm, F5.6, 1/125sec – over the road.
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 250mm, F6.3, 1/60 sec - over the road.
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 250mm, F6.3, 1/60 sec – over the road. – Full Zoom!

I then moved my feet to the other side of the road to see what I could achieve… a change of angle, a different focus….

ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 18mm, F5.6, 1/125 sec - over the road.
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 18mm, F5.6, 1/125 sec – over the road.
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 24mm, F5.6, 1/100 sec - moved closer
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 24mm, F5.6, 1/100 sec – moved closer

Once I was closer I zoomed in and was able to separate the daffodil from the background – the depth of field became much closer, the focus on the daffodil and the background of less interest, but I was looking down onto the daffodil – so for the final shot I lowered the camera to nearer the ground and looked upwards slightly removing the emphasis on the stems and leaves.

ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 210mm, F6.3, 1/200 sec - closer with zoom
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 210mm, F6.3, 1/200 sec – closer with zoom
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 250mm, F6.3, 1/200 sec - moved lower
ISO 400, 18-250mm lens, taken at 250mm, F6.3, 1/200 sec – moved lower

This was a really interesting experiment – the light was grey and overcast today and the wide angle pictures to start with really do loose the subject – cause I am an a distance the depth of field is not really apparent, and there is too much distration to see clearly what the subject was… as I zoomed closer from my position you could see the subject was perhaps the flowers… but then you start to notice the details – there are dead leaves, damaged petals, the flowers have suffered in the cold weather extra… change angle and you loose the house, you can see only a few elements … but more closer still and from “nothing” in the first photo you can get a strong subject …

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