Tuesday, 28 June 2011

depth of field


Six-Spot Burnet Moth

On Saturday I had the opportunity to participate in a wildlife photography course for beginners. It was arranged by the suffolk wildlife trust and held at their Carlton Marshes site. We were gently guided through the day by Kevin who encouraged us to be brave and not use the automatic settings on our cameras but to experiment with different appertures and shutter speeds.

As you adjust the apperture and shutter speed you change the depth of field, the amount that will be in focus is changed. This was particularly noticeble with the background when I was taking macro photos - how "blurry" it was.

It led me to think about how we as humans respond to situations. Do we have a tendancy to switch on to automatic settings and respond in a way we "know" works, our safety blanket if you like? Are we brave enough to adjust our apperture and shutter speed, to take account of everthing else that is happening? Perhaps if we did this more often we would be surprised at some of the results.

longhorn beetle

drinker moth caterpillar

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