Picture This! Assignment this month was "Shallow Depth Of Field"
and judging from the many entries received we just might have titled it
"The Birds and the Bees and Flowers in the Field." Readers
sent us a profusion of great shots that depicted etch-edged butterflies,
flowers with beautiful backgrounds, and even close-ups of insects that
made us feel like we were nose to nose with them in the garden. All in
all, each picture provided us with textbook examples of why we use shallow
depth of field and get close--to reveal a world of beauty rarely
seen by the unaided eye.
Trick Of The Eye: This picture seemed too good to be true, but Michael
Gluckman made it happen by making creative use of two images and Photoshop
7. Both were taken with a Nikon D100 and 100mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor 105mm
lens and then combined.
© 2003, Michael Gluckman, All Rights Reserved
Color Play: Jim Mckinney made this photo of a Damselfy using his Canon
A2E with a 75-300mm lens with extension tubes and exposed at f/4.5 at
1/90 sec on Kodak Gold 200 film. The color play between the insect and
flower couldn't have been better had he painted the picture himself.
© 2003, Jim McKinney, All Rights Reserved
Carnival Flower: This incredible flower was captured by Bob Myers using
an Olympus C-720 set on auto. The energy of the flower is made even
more intense by the dappled background.
© 2003, Bob Myers, All Rights Reserved
Janice Braud composed this picture with her tripod at ground level.
The flower in the foreground is echoed by the striking form and color
behind it. She used a Canon D30 with a Tamron 90mm Macro lens and shot
at f/4 at 1/500 sec.
© 2003, Janice Braud, All Rights Reserved
Blue Butterfly: Cesar Rivera made a trip to Butterfly World in south Florida
and brought back this amazingly sharp image using his Canon D60 and Sigma
7-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro lens. He set his white balance to cloudy and
used his Canon EX550 flash to reveal the texture and detail of this amazing
© 2003, Cesar Rivera, All Rights Reserved
Mantis World: This praying mantis seems to be from another world but Diana
Settar photographed it in her kitchen using a Nikon N70 with a Micro Nikkor
lens on her N70 on Kodak Royal Gold film.
© 2003, Diana Settar, All Rights Reserved
Soft Focus And Shallow Depth: This beautiful picture was made by John
Feller using his Mamiya 645 Pro with a 120mm Mamiya Macro lens. His exposure
was f/5.6 at 1/30 sec on Fujichrome Velvia film. He got the effect, he
said, by photographing through "water on a glare-less glass."
© 2003, John Feller, All Rights Reserved
Echoed Forms: Gil Santos lit this vase of gladiolas with a single halogen
spot and made the picture with his Nikon Coolpix 5000 in manual mode at
f/4.5 at 1/60 sec with the camera set at ISO 200. Wrote Santos, "Interestingly,
the shallow depth of field pushed the background stalks way out there.
However, all the stalks were in the same vase.".
© 2003, Gil Santos, All Rights Reserved
© 2003, George Schaub, All Rights Reserved
Picture This! -
Our Next Assignment
Found Still Life
Some photographers spend hours
(and days) in their studio arranging objects for carefully thought out
still life images. But the world is filled with objects and subjects arranged
in many ways just awaiting your creative framing and eye. You can find
still life subjects at flea markets, on the street, or, as with this image,
in the washed out pilings at the seashore. So keep your eyes open and
get ready to frame and capture all those great still life images just
waiting for you in the wide world. It's all about composition, balance,
and exposure...and keeping open to the possibilities all those found
still life subjects afford.
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and information to:
Picture This! Shutterbug Magazine,
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Titusville, FL 32780.
Deadline for submission: October 15, 2003.
Images will appear in our January 2004 issue.
Our next topic: Group Portraits
Deadline: November 15, 2003.
Publication Date: February, 2004