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Pleasant Valley, Eastern Sierra   Featured in PhotoFlash #029
  Pleasant Valley, Eastern Sierra
Pleasant Valley, Eastern Sierra
Evening, near Bishop, California; 80-200mm Nikkor lens; F/4.8 to blur foreground reeds
© Kerry Drager
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Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas
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    A unique photograph Kerry! Could you please explain to me how you got that effect? Thank you,
Amalia

7/19/2005 6:15:25 PM

 
Kerry Drager
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Hi Amalia,
How nice to hear from you!! Thanks so much for the wonderful comments. Several things are at work in this image:

- The beautifully warm light of late day (just before sunset).
- The high grasses right at the edge of a meadow (where I was standing).
- A fine scene in the distance ... the meadow, a well-positioned tree (for a background focal point), a distinctive ridge line (at a strong diagonal and in contrasting shadow), and the distant mountainside.
With those ingredients, I decided to move up close and shoot "through" the eye-high grasses - i.e., I focused on the background, rather than the foreground. Along with the combination of a telephoto perspective (80-200 zoom, set at 200mm) AND a wide aperture (low f/number), I was able to keep the foreground grasses verrrry softly blurred.
I hope this makes sense ... if not, please follow-up.

Again, Amalia, it's great hearing from you ... and I appreciate you taking the time to comment.
All the best,
Kerry

7/19/2005 7:34:40 PM

 
Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas
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Thank you very much Kerry!, I think that I understand what you did. Thanks again. Regards,
Amalia

7/20/2005 9:10:06 AM

 
Penny Steiner
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Hi Kerry: I love the effect of the tall grasses at sunset. It has been awhile but still miss being in one of your classes. I might have to take another soon. Hope all is well.

Penny

8/4/2005 4:03:45 PM

 
Kerry Drager
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Hi Penny,
It's great to hear from you! Thanks for the nice comments ... much appreciated! Actually, with my gradual switch to digital, it's me who should be talking about taking a course :-) Thanks again, Penny!
Kerry

8/4/2005 4:51:04 PM

 
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