Selective Focus – A must in Photography

Now you might say to yourself,why I stopped on this road? Is it to shoot close ups of those yellow flowers? And the answer is no, but sort of, not quite, maybe. Actually why I’ve stopped was because of that lone tree on the dike here in West Friesland, Holland. As I mentioned I’m here on a dike you can clearly see. I’m in West Friesland, Holland about 45 minutes north of Amsterdam,and the challenge that I am presenting to you today is simply this: selective focus. Which when done correctly in a situation like this,will allow you to get down low, that’s step number one, and then utilizing the flowers themselves as little points to create mergers with the busy background of those houses.

So you’d be moving around here too noticing the butter cups, in this case, or yellow dandelion’s.And how they line up and hide that somewhat busy background beyond the tree.You will be shooting an aperture around 5.6. Focal length in this case is at 35-50mm range. And subsequently we’re gonna end up with a lone tree in what appears to be a meadow of massive amounts of yellow flowers, and again hiding all those houses and distractions in the background when combined with alow point of view, and utilizing the flowers as a way to block those houses.

I’m gonna get down low here and there is the tree. This beautiful already.Moving over just a a bit this way. That one white house is a small problem.Now it’s gone. Click, and take a look at that.Pretty simple stuff. Again selective focus, 5.6 keeps the field limited to the focused tree, and all that foreground that we see there is nothing more than out of focus yellow flowers. You’re racing off to the tulips.Great idea but in your haste to get there don’t overlook someone of the least and not so obvious photographic opportunities as well. Until next time this is Bryan Petersen saying you keep shooting.