Subject Distance & Backgrounds In Photography.
© 2005 – Michael Brown
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“Halloween Pennant” Dragonfly – (Celithemis eponina)
I really enjoy laying back and to take in my surroundings while out in nature. I also like to photograph those subjects as I see them in their world, and to do it in a way which shows their surroundings in an appealing way.
It can be quite difficult at times to show those surroundings in a subtle way because of the distance objects may have from your subject, so I usually can handle this by simply selecting a lens setting for instance in the f8 to f11 range, which tends to soften up that background yet still leave enough details to show what kind of world you are viewing. With these lens settings, you may have a difficult time in keeping your entire subject sharp, so try to get yourself and the camera lens on the same plain to your subject.
Plus, another factor is your light. It really helps the overall appeal to that background if you shoot like this on a cloudy day. Having deep dark shadows or very bright highlights can be very distracting, and pull one’s eyes away from the main subject.
Soft backgrounds that holds details, yet it still lets your main subject to take center stage can really produce some images you will happily keep in your files!
The first image was shot at 1/250 sec., lens setting of f10, and the ISO at 400.
The second image was shot at 1/200 sec., lens setting of f13, and the ISO of 400.
Thanks for looking gang!
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