Photo 52: Within the Frame

Depth of Field {Week 40}

Depth of field is a fundamental technical concept in photography. It refers to the amount of the field of view that is in sharp focus, and results from three factors: the lens aperture, the length of the lens, and the distance from camera to subject.  In this week’s post, we go beyond the basic understanding of depth of field that is typically gained in an introductory photography course and use depth of field as a creative compositional element.  

In my image below, the leading lines of the fence and the sidewalk lead the viewer's eye back in space, almost three dimensionally.  With a narrower aperture, the field of view remains in focus as you follow the boys of summer chasing their balloons.  

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balloon chasers