Sunday, July 5, 2015


I like to try every technical thing I can with photography, and one of the most interesting technical aspects is aperture. If you look at the rules of optics, a wider aperture allows much more light to enter the camera, with the trade-off being depth of focus. This means that if you are very close to an object and take its picture with the aperture very wide (I have a 50mm f/1.4 prime, and the widest I get on my zoom is 3.5) you can take some pretty interesting shots.

Since flowers tend to stick up above their backdrop by a fair distance, they make a very good depth of focus practice object. Here are a bunch of examples where many are shallow depth of focus, but some are just really pretty.