A Comment on Depth of Field in Close-up Photography (Two Photographs)

Wasp Depth of Field To view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

I was interested in how this wasp seemed to delicately walk along the flower but was disappointed in the background, so I took the decision to dial back my aperture to F10. At that aperture I had a brighter photograph and less detail in the background. The best photograph was going to be where the wasp turned towards the camera. I hoped that would keep the focus. Guessing how the wasp would move, as you can see in the second photograph taken seconds later did not work out so well. It is a lesson on how narrow the depth of field at F10 can be. You only get one chance and I should have chosen more depth of field at the expense of light and background to get the shot I wanted.

Wasp Depth of Field-2


13 responses

  1. This is a constant challenge in nature photography – with the dragonfly, the great blue heron and the egret, etc.– those creatures that have extended length and width are difficult to get in full focus (head to tail and wingtip to wingtip) while also achieving a lovely, muted background. What you’ve done in the second photo – to get a focus on the eye of the creature – is a good secondary solution. The viewer’s attention will go to the eye and that will become what I call the “hot spot” of your photo. Still, keep experimenting with your aperture and dof.


    December 14, 2015 at 1:19 am

  2. Excellent.


    December 14, 2015 at 1:58 am

  3. Excellent point on depth of field. An f/10 in normal shooting gives me a great deal of depth. Not so in macro. More to consider when I do macro photography. Victor, you’re a wealth of information.


    December 14, 2015 at 2:21 am

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    December 14, 2015 at 6:54 am

  5. super pic


    December 14, 2015 at 11:03 am

  6. Depth of field is very limited when shooting this close to your subject. The best solution is to keep the main subject parallel to your focal plane.


    January 7, 2016 at 11:42 am

    • Yes. If you look at my images on smugmug. You will see I go for interesting shots and always the side view. But you are correct.


      January 7, 2016 at 11:46 am

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