Same Composition, Different Focusing PointsIn the warm light of late day, I ventured out to my collection of old trucks and ranching equipment. For this photo, I couldn't decide which should be the main focal point and, thus, sharply focused - the diagonal yellow subject or the distant wheel ... easy solution: I shot two versions! In this picture, I focused directly on the wheel, and then used a small aperture in order to make the grass at the lower right fairly sharp too. Note: Due to the extreme closeness of the foreground subject, it was impossible to get total front-to-back sharpness (deep DOF). Data: f/22; 1/6th sec.; 105mm lens; 100 ISO; tripod and cable release
Data for Focus on Close-up Subject: f/22, 1/6th sec., 105mm macro, 100 ISO; tripod and cable release
Same Composition, Different AperturesPhotogenic government buildings can make great subjects ... when they're closed, that is! Normally busy, this stairway outside the front entrance to a courthouse made a fine subject for the soft overcast light on a weekend day. I used a telephoto lens - 105mm - to zero in for a tight composition, including a very close subject (green railing). Since I wasn't sure how much - or how little - Depth of Field would be best, I shot it two ways: at right, with a small aperture (high f/number) at right; and, below, with a larger aperture (lower f/number). It turns out that I like both versions! Data for More Depth of Field: f/32 for a fairly deep Depth of Field; 105mm lens; point of focus on close-up green railing; polarizer (to reduce glare and deepen colors); and tripod!
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