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Nov 12, 2012 09:00:33   #
It looks like a shrew.
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Nov 7, 2012 14:20:13   #
Hey Tulip Time can be nice if the weather cooperates. If you come for that make sure that we don't have an early or late spring or you will miss most of the tulips. Last year was perfect but this year was an early spring and most of the tulips were already done by the time of the festival. I have attached a few photos that I took two years ago.

Tulip Time

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Oct 23, 2012 10:18:17   #
Great pictures! SBD is one of my favorite places in Michigan.
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Oct 17, 2012 09:58:11   #
Ivy Beane wrote:
I wanted to have depth of field...what did I do wrong. Can it be fixed in editing? Is there too much color in this photo?

I don't think you phrased your question correctly. You have depth of field, you have a "short" depth of field. I'm guessing you are asking how to achieve a "wide" depth of field.

The first question is what were you trying to achieve when you took the picture. Were you trying to take a portrait of a woman and a child in a nice scene or were you trying to take a picture of a nice scene with a woman and a child in it?

If you were trying to take a portrait of a woman and a child in a nice scene, then I think you achieved it. Normally people prefer to have the subject of the picture to be "in focus". If you are taking a portrait of someone, usually you want to try to draw attention to the subject. One of the easiest ways is to put the subject in focus and give the rest of the picture varying degrees of blurryness.

In this picture, the stuff in forground and in the area of the people is the most interesting part of the picture. The background (other than adding nice color) is rather boring and I can't think of any reason why you would want to have that in focus when it doesn't add anything to the overall picture. By blurring the background, you have the benefit of focusing the attention on the subject and you get the nice colors in the background.

However, to answer your question, to change your depth of field, you change your appeture. To get a more narrow dof, you use a small number appeture and to achieve a wide dof, you use a big number appeture. Remember that if you change your appeture you need to compensate by adjusting your shutter speed and/or ISO to make sure you have the correct amount of light for the correct exposure. Also, if you want to dig even further into it, there are applications that you can download onto your computer or smart phone that are depth of field calculators that will tell you how much of your picture will be in focus at different f stops.

In my opinion, the color is not too saturated but the overall picture is dark and I would brighten it up a little. Also, I'm sure you chose the angle that you did for an artistic touch, but I find myself leaning my head to the left when I look at it. With the way she has her head turned, I don't think the angle adds to the picture (but that is just my opinion).
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