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Old Feb 11, 2009, 10:05 AM   #1
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During the past year, we have had a couple challenges related to depth of field. For the next two weeks, we are going to revisit short or shallow depth of field but from a different perspective. We are going to be shooting scenes with both foreground elements (near) and background elements (far). The idea is to shoot two identical shots, one focusing on the foreground element and one focusing on the background.

Here is how we accomplish this.

Mount your camera on a good tripod. Look through the viewfinder and frame the shot by adjusting the zoom and camera position. Once you have the desired image in your viewfinder, don't move the camera or zoom setting. Set the camera for manual focus and aperture priority. Select the smallest aperture setting your camera and lens will permit--that's the largest f-stop number. Adjust your focus so that one or more near foreground elements is in focus but not the background. Shoot the photo. Now, without changing anything else, change the focus so that the background is sharp but not the foreground. Shoot a second shot.

After you have played with this concept a bit, you can try focusing on elements that are little farther away but not the background. The basic idea is to be able to focus on different elements in the scene while other elements are blurred. Some spectacular results can be obtained using this technique.

Please post two photos, each with a different focal point but the same scene. Put selective focus in your subject line. If you have three shots of the scene with different focal points, you may post all three. The limit of two photos per posting is temporarily increased the three for the duration of this challenge.

I will post a couple archive shots illustrating this technique as soon as I can find them.

Enjoy!

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Old Feb 11, 2009, 10:38 AM   #2
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Here are a couple shots where the selective focus is very obvious. These are scanned 35mm negatives and the color balance is off a bit.





Here a couple of similar images but the selective focus is more subtle. Look at the grass in the foreground.





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