Pleasant Valley, Eastern Sierra

© Kerry Drager

Pleasant Valley, Eastern Sierra

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic 7/19/2005 6:15:25 PM

A unique photograph Kerry! Could you please explain to me how you got that effect? Thank you,
Amalia #281045

Kerry Drager 7/19/2005 7:34:40 PM

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 #1611982

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic 7/20/2005 9:10:06 AM

Thank you very much Kerry!, I think that I understand what you did. Thanks again. Regards,
Amalia #1614037

Penny Steiner 8/4/2005 4:03:45 PM

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 #1677971

Kerry Drager 8/4/2005 4:51:04 PM

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 #1678172

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Evening, near Bishop, California; 80-200mm Nikkor lens; F/4.8 to blur foreground reeds

Uploaded on 6/26/2005 8:53:48 PM

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Camera: Nikon D2X Digital SLR Camera

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