Shooting opportunities over the last few weeks have been few and far between to say the least. Snow, ice, rain, more snow, more rain…I’m ready for spring! The weather did finally break for a bit over the weekend so I took advantage of it to get out and shoot for a while.
It’s interesting to see the same locations at different times of the year. The changing surroundings force you to look at scenes from a new perspective. The same could be said for how you photograph those scenes. Recently, I have been exploring different ways to put a fresh face familiar locations. One of the methods I’m enjoying most is shooting with a much shallower depth of field.
I have photographed the cascades and waterfalls along the Virginia Creeper Trail many times. However, all of those photographs have one thing in common – a deep depth of field that brings everything into focus. The lack of scenery in the dead of winter forces you to concentrate on the more intimate aspects of the landscape. Individual cascades become the lead actors rather than simply playing a supporting role. A shallow depth of field, f/6.3 in this case, changes the mood and alters your perception of an otherwise innocuous subject.
This simple change creates a powerful tool to have in your bag of camera tricks.
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