f/10, 1/20-1/125, ISO-100, 50mm

Thanks to Michael Tuuk’s advice and encouragement on this post, I took a trip recently with the express purpose in mind of playing depth of field calculations. I wasn’t sure I was going to get anything really creative from the excursion – that wasn’t really the point. I just wanted to play around with settings and challenge myself to predict what the outcome would be . I’d guess out of about 200 shots, I calculated correctly on a little less than 50% of them.

Anyway, here’s about the only photo I feel comfortable posting. I did a little bit of HDR on it to punch it up, but my primary goal was to work on focus. I originally took the shots at f/1.8, and realized that given my distance from the subject the DOF would be more narrow than the pod itself. Sure enough, the computer revealed than none of the 1.8 shots was in focus, but the f/10 shots were perfect.

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  1. Cardinal Guzman April 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Great shot!

  2. Stefan April 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Interesting composition!

    • AJBopp April 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

      Thanks! I don’t even want to know what came out of that thing…

  3. Bella Remy Photography April 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    That is funny about your DOF calculations. One of these days I’ll work on it as well. That darned F1.8 really throws me off.

    • AJBopp April 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

      Yeah I used to try to use it all the time before I had any clue what I was doing. I always figured I was doing something wrong because it never came out right. But really, all I needed to do was get further away from the subject!

  4. michaeltuuk April 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    How can I not like this post? 🙂 Glad you got to experiment!

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