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brigitte stahre
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2004

how to blur the forground

i could not entice this little guy into the open so had to shoot through the brush.. when I tried using flash, I got sharp brush and blurry chipmonk.. great example of blurring the backgr but not what I was looking for.. did try a trail peanuts but he got the one close to him and outwaited me for the rest..

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5/3/2005 5:22:53 PM

Bob Cournoyer
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  I don't know anything about your camera, but if you use spot focus and focus on a part of the monk thru the brush, the brush infront should be blurred.....ya think??


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5/3/2005 7:47:52 PM

Andrew Laverghetta
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  It's probably going to be pretty hard to get the chipmunk in focus just because there's so much going on in the foreground. I don't think that you can focus your camera manually but that would be the best solution. Does your camera focus by pushing the shutter button down halfway? I'm thinking you might be able to focus on something else that is about as far away as the chipmunk, hold the shutter button halfway, and recompose. Of course, this won't work if your camera doesn't have a two-stop shutter. You're other option might be to use the smaller aperture your camera will allow. Probably something around f/8.0? You would probably have to do this on a sunny day though. Smaller apertures let less light in but more is in focus past the main focus point. Hope this helps!

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5/4/2005 12:35:35 AM

brigitte stahre
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2004
  actually, I can focus the camera manually, just have never tried that yet... and it has the two stop shutter. guess I was lucky to get as much clarity as I got.. it was very hard to find this little guy with the camera.. had to keep looking to see he had not moved..

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5/4/2005 12:05:03 PM

Kerry L. Walker   Focus manually on the chipmonk. Set your aperature as wide as possible. (I am not familiar with your camera so I don't know how wide you can get.) Fire away. If you can get a really wide aperature (like 1.8 or so), the branches may possible get so out of focus you can see through them. See the B&W photo of the church in my gallery for what I mean. Of course, I was really close to the ironwork in that photo.

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5/4/2005 12:19:28 PM

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