Ants and Some Comments on Depth of Field (Two Photographs)

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I gave a presentation on nature photography last month and one of the things I touched on was depth of field. One of my points was that it is a myth you cannot get good out of focus backgrounds and even bokeh from small sensor mirror-less cameras. The ant on the leaf is an example taken with an Olympus OMD-5. To achieve this the background has to be further away from your subject than your subject is from the camera. The photo was taken at F3.2 and you get more depth of field close up with smaller sensors. The second photo taken with a DSLR illustrates that there are other creative uses for depth of field. The out of focus area can be used as a frame or to add perspective to your photograph.


20 responses

  1. Very helpful Victor.

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    April 19, 2016 at 1:41 am

  2. Stunning image, Victor. Adrian


    April 19, 2016 at 6:23 am

  3. Nice to know since DH just got a mirror-less Sony which I will “borrow” occasionally.


    April 19, 2016 at 6:55 am

    • Great!


      April 19, 2016 at 6:58 am

      • Found one issue with it though…since I have older editing programs that can’t read the Sony raw files we have to shoot jpeg, use their data converter or buy new PS. It’s a learning curve.


        April 19, 2016 at 7:00 am

        • After a certain point PS stops updating and forces you to get s new version for new cameras. I went with the subscription plan for LR and PS. Shooting JPGs limits processing.


          April 19, 2016 at 7:06 am

  4. gorgeous


    April 19, 2016 at 7:03 am

  5. Both are great macro shots but that first image of the ant on the flower is spectacular.


    April 19, 2016 at 12:31 pm

  6. Great examples – I esp. love the framing with the lily.


    April 19, 2016 at 4:22 pm

  7. Your first photo is so intriguing, so much photo interest to drawing my eyes in. Thanks for the tip.


    April 19, 2016 at 10:15 pm

  8. Travel Nurse April

    Stunning photos!


    May 14, 2016 at 9:58 am

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