Photos and Critiques

From an on-line photography class by Carol Leigh

Developing Your Creative Edge #3

Assignment # 2: Depth Of Field

From: caroleigh@c...
Date: Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:36 am
Subject: Critique: CJ Middendorf (DOF - 6 photos)

Vases - Well, ha! I liked the f/3.5 and the f/16 better than I liked the f/8. So there goes your "middle ground" theory shot to heck. With the aperture at f/3.5 the effect was nice and soft and serene, despite the blazing red background. The photo taken at f/8 seemed a bit boring, having to struggle with a focused foreground and then a slightly sharp background. But then when you get to the f/16 shot, the back vase comes more clearly into focus and so isn't as annoying.

Santas - Yes, you're right, subject matter also plays a large part in all this. My feeling with the Santas is that we need to see them all sharp or just have one in the photo. Maybe it's because they are faces and we want to see facial detail so that we can relate to the subject. I don't think that any of these images really worked -- no fault of your own -- it's just the nature of the subject and the nature of the assignment.

Thanks for posting both sets of photos. This has turned out to be an even better assignment than I'd hoped.

Carol Leigh


Vases 3 point 5

Vases f / 8

Vases f / 16


Santas 3 point 5

Santas f / 8

Santas f / 16

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