52 week challenge: Depth of field

As I wrote about in a previous post, I'm still getting back to normal from the ImagingUSA conference in Nashville. It was such an inspiring trip that left my head filled with ideas that I now have a wish list of a hundred things to try and far too little time to attempt everything! But I'm getting back into the swing of things, and that includes the 52 week pet photography challenge.

This week's theme is Depth of Field, which can mean creating separation between the subject and the background. Colby was flopped over on the floor in her usual "frog dog" position, as we call it, and I had a long lens on my camera that was wide open. If I had had my usual shorter lens on this should would have been impossible because getting anywhere close to her, at floor level, means she'll immediately hop up and lick my face.

columbus dog photos

It's almost like capturing the photo of a wild animal in the Serengeti. Look at that face - she's not exactly a predator, though. This is definitely Colby in her natural state. A rare peek at a hyper beast.

Because I had the aperture wide open I kept Colby's eyes in focus, which kept her nose in focus too. The depth of field goes from about her nose to her ears, and then it gets fuzzier definitely by the point her shoulders start. It causes her reflection in the hardwood to be softer and dreamier too.

Now is time to look at pictures from across the pond! Up next is The Hoof & Hound Photographer covering Lancaster UK. Keep clicking through and you'll wind up back here. Thanks for reading!