So here are more wonderful photographs by Inge Hawkins, where the chosen F-stop really contributes to the final impact of the photograph.
With this image, we know Inge chose a small number on her depth of field scale, because the background is blurred.
Wonderful isn’t it? With animals we want to isolate our subject/subjects from the background. So we don’t want a lot of the scene behind our subjects to be in sharp focus. Instead, we want the animal to stand out from the background. The best way to do this is to choose a small number on our aperture scale. Review the last blog if you need more information. Of course there’s tons more information in my book if you really want to nail it.
Here’s another one where Inge chose to blur the background so our eye is immediately drawn to the squirrel. Way cool.
And look at this one, where Inge chose such a narrow depth of field that we can easily see the blurred foreground and background. This effect is magnified by the use of a long lens. Wow.
It would be nice if we could just choose the f-stop we need for each exposure and shoot away. But darn it, exposure isn’t that easy. Exposure is always a combination of the shutter speed we set, the ISO we set and the f-stop we choose.
Work on selecting the best f-stop for your images this week, and we’ll delve into the way shutter speed impacts the chosen f-stop next time.