Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

It’s been a while now since I have had any inspiration to write a post on the blog. Mainly this is due to a very severe adverse reaction to the last lot of chemo which saw me in the hospital intensive care unit for three days and following four days in a side room with isolation nursing. It has knocked me sideways but I am glad to say that my energy levels (and appetite) are slowly returning to normal.

It has been even longer since I have made any contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge. This week it is FOCUS, something that I have never been able to get to grips with. I have read books and even been to a six week photography course at the local college, but apertures and depth of field are still a puzzle to me. It makes me very annoyed with myself that I am failing to get to grips with the concept. It doesn’t stop me from fiddling with the aperture and focal length of the lens. I find that photographs of soften foreground and out of focus background are my favourites and below are just a few examples.

This photo was taken at the end of July when I visited Geoff Stonebanks lovely Driftwood Garden in Seaford, East Sussex. I like the way the lily sculpture stands out from the background.

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This is my wildflower patch. Although the poppies are slightly out of focus, the blue cornflowers stand out.

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These are some of the beautiful Antirrhinum with the white Cosmos out of focus in the background. It is photos like this that I would like to be able to get to grips with depth of field and have both flowers in sharp focus.

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This is my favourite photo with the Astrantia softened in the foreground and, again, the white Cosmos in the background.

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These photos were taken on my Nikon D3100 DSLR camera and whilst I am still very much an amateur I love practising and taking photos from different angles and I will get to grips with aperture numbers eventually.

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16 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

  1. Sorry to hear you ‘ve been having a bad time.
    I can’t remember whose blog I saw this on but they said if you think to f2 as 2 fence posts and f22 as 22 fence posts then you will get the idea of DOF!

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  2. Good to hear from you after so long but so sorry to learn you have had such a difficult time. I can barely begin to imagine. All your photos are an inspiration and I absolutely love the Astrantia and Cosmos – two of my favourite plants. Hope you continue to feel stronger and stronger as each day passes.

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  3. So sorry to hear that you have been through all that Ronnie, and glad that you are feeling better.
    I love that bottom picture. I tend to favour close up photos of flowers and we also struggle with focus. Sometimes it takes many attempts to get it just right. Thank goodness for digital cameras!

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  4. every photo is lovely Ronnie, but the Antirrhinum really stands out for me … perfect focus against the softened background …. hope you continue to go from strength to strength 🙂

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  5. Thanks Ronnie for the wonderful photos, so inspiring. Hope you feel much better soon.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers,
    Love Susie Dixon
    Willaston, Cheshire

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