Jun 282010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/160; 5mm; 7:10am;  (Super Macro, camera on the ground)

Look what I found on this morning’s bike ride!  Yes, a beach ball!  It’s only 5″ but who cares.  Doesn’t it look like it is lost in a beach dune?

I experimented with the aperture setting on this.  I took it at f/2.8 and f/5.6 and f/8.  Normally, I’d say that the narrow depth of field would be the better shot, that is, if I wanted all the attention on the beach ball.  But I don’t in this case. To fool the viewer that this is indeed a beach scene I think the f/8 shot is the best one.

But for the Friday Assignment, the f/2.8 s best, especially with a little vignette added:

ISO 80; f/2.8; 1/250; 5mm; 7:08am;  (Super Macro, camera on the ground)

You really will have to look at each photo enlarged to see the difference that the aperture makes on the focal point. I also think that the weed stems help frame the ball. I’d like say that contrast helps, but I think the colors are more complimentary than contrasting.

In the next one, there is no doubt what the focal point is…  this is how I found the ball before I got off my bike and walked around to see what other shots there were:

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/320; 100mm; 7:04am

This ball was so much fun, I might have to go back with the car to pick it up.

  7 Responses to “THEME: Beach (Ball) Scene”

  1. One would never know just how very far you are from the beach. I like the wider DOF.

  2. Yay for the theme accomplishment – I had faith in you and just knew you’d find a way to capture the beach scene even in the middle of the desert! I’m torn between the first two – I think the first does work good for the beach theme but the second is my preferred shot just for the beauty of it and the softness in the background.

  3. I also like the second one the best.

  4. Beach Ball? Don’t you mean desert ball, where is the surf?? When you go back get a shot of it in proximity to it’s natural Enemy – The Cactus!!

  5. I like the f/8 shot best – I agree that the wider depth of field gives it more of a beachy feel. Also, I really like that you positioned the ball (or yourself) so that you got that gorgeous blue sky in the background.

  6. The second image is my favorite, it really draws attention to those bright colors!

  7. Great job! I have to say I like the middle one best. You took something ordinary and turned it into a beautiful photo with your DOF and vignetting.

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