Project 52: Depth of Field | Week 10

March 08, 2019  •  5 Comments

It's Week 10 of professional pet photography blog circle Project 52 and our theme for the week is "depth of field." In photography, depth of field refers to the distance between the nearest and the farthest object that are in acceptably sharp focus (Wikipedia.) The shallower your depth of field the less objects are in focus. Generally, unless I want the entire background to be in sharp focus, I shoot at a depth of field where my subject is in focus and the background remains nicely out of focus or blurred. This week we are, once again, visiting with the Frey cats for our blog images.

In this image, I focused on Pipkin's (the cat) face so that is in focus and the rest of the image is out of focus. Her dad's shoulder underneath her is on the same focal place so is also in focus, but the rest is blurry as a result of the shallow depth of field used. This image gives you a good example of the focal plane (the area of the image that is in focus) using a shallow depth of field. You can see how Lina's head is in focus, as is the area right in front of her on the carpet. The same goes for this image of Tiger as only the area of carpet directly in front of his head is included in the sharp focus. Using a shallow depth of field allows you to isolate the subject from the rest of the image. Next up in the blog circle is Rachel Moore with Touched By a Dog Photography, where Spokane, WA dogs and their people go for an artisan experience. After you visit Rachel, click the link to the next blog and then around the rest of the circle until you end up back here.

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Tracy Allard(non-registered)
Nice creativity with the cats!
I love the shot of the kitty on dad's shoulder. I am very impressed that you were able to blur the "dad". This is a common pose we use at the shelter for small pups that are not vaccinated as yet. I have yet to master this perfect depth of field in these situations.
Do you call the coloring of the top kitty a tortoise shell? I've always admired that fur pattern.
Linda Perdue(non-registered)
Ah, the Tortie - with the attitude? or not (I've owned both but the one I have now has 'no attitude'). Love the kitties - lots of kitties in this last few weeks blog circle.
Love the one of the cat under the coffee table!
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