Finally I’m taking part at one of Word Press’ weekly photo challenges, something I always wanted to do but just couldn’t get into it for some reason!
This week the challenge is based on Focus, an element of photography that has been my main problem for a long time – as my lenses wouldn’t focus as I wanted, and most times I didn’t realized the subject was blurred and completely ruined my picture. (Has it ever happened to you?)
I still make mistakes from time to time, but I think I’ve learnt how to master the depth of field after some practice (and new lenses!).
Here’s my first entry, a photograph I took this March in Sri Lanka, while travelling on a four-month trip around SEA:
I was on the slow train from Nuwara Elia to Ella, and during one of the many stops I decided to take some photos from the door. Two kids saw me from their window seats and we played together, them making funny faces and me portraying them. This one is my favourite, as it shows the surprise and just their heads peaking out in curiosity.
I find it important to have a slightly shallow depth of field, enough to show the setting, but not so much to put the subjects on the same level as the background.
The next photo was taken in Vietnam, and it shows the opposite way of using the depth of field – especially when shooting landscapes as I did here.
Here you can clearly see everything that happens in the frame, as deep as the far mountains in the back.
Hope you liked my two chosen photographs, let me know what your thoughts are on them and if you agree with my points!