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Old Jul 6, 2012, 9:05 PM   #11
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I also am one who sticks in my comfort zone, shooting primarily scenic landscapes, occasionally dabbling in wildlife, and very rarely trying any other photographic genre. I really admire your effort to push yourself to try new things, and to share the results with all of us. I love the turtles (of course), I also really like the textures in the paper rolls, as well as the pink Porche in front of the white building.
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 12:51 AM   #12
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Les - In some ways I'm struggling with bokeh and dof, to me they are related. Bokeh is primarily a lens thing, and I do have several lenses that render out of focus areas very nicely. When I first got the FA31, I kept trying to take advantage of its creamy bokeh, but found I tended to use too large an aperture and didn't get enough in focus. So recently I've been using smaller apertures and getting more in focus. I seem to be getting better results, I don't yet have that good of a handle on how each of my lenses will handle dof at various apertures. I really need to do some aperture exercises with each lens that I use on a regular basis, because reading a chart, while helpful, isn't enough. Knowing something academically (how many inches) doesn't translate into looking at an object and instinctively knowing what aperture to use to get exactly all of it in focus and nothing else.

As far as the paper picture goes, I processed another one, taken from a different angle, where I used light/dark and a dark vignette to separate out one roll. It was pretty good, but I liked the angle this one was taken better (I should upload it to my album). I had taken pictures using several different larger apertures but didn't like them as well - I liked this dof for telling my story - the foreground is more or less in focus, which is what I wanted.

Thanks, mtnman. I know what you mean - I go in cycles where I only stick to flowers (easy once you get the hang of it) or other simple things. But that does get boring after a few years, so I try something else.
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Love the first photo..
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Just love that turtle shot Harriet !
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I agree, the turtles and then the paper rolls are the best images this week.
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