f/1.4 | 1/800 | iso 100 | Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM
Thursday already…where on earth is this week going? I couldn’t decide which image to use today so you are getting both! 😛 The current theme started with yesterdays image, it’s going to be images taken at f/1.4.
What does f/1.4 mean? Basically, each lens has a diaphragm consisting of blades which open and close allowing more or less light to hit the camera sensor. The aperture value (the “f-stop”…in the photo above it’s f/1.4) is the diameter of the “opening” the blades makes. A value of f/1.4 would create a large opening allowing in tons of light and typically creating more areas which are out of focus where as a value of f/22 would create a tiny opening which of course, would allow less light to pass through and would create more of the image to be in-focus. Does this mean to shoot at f/22 to always get clear images…nope, there are many other factors which are involved and believe it or not, it’s not always best to shoot in the f/22 range as even through more of the image might be “clear”, it won’t always be as sharp. I know, I know, confusing…remember, this is a very very basic description! 😛
f/1.4 | 1/1600 | iso 100 | Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM
Okay, I think I have decided I like the first image the best…
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Oh snap! maybe I should read the comments before posting. In other words, I agree with Gracie. 🙂
I like how the first shot almost looks like a cave.
Like them both. But I admit to a soft spot for shots with duct tape in them, and this decomposed remnant is awesome so I vote for the second shot.
Hahaha, you crack me up! While I do love the duct tape left-overs, there’s just something about that brick that totally does it for me! 🙂
Another vote for the first shot. For me, the colors and shallow DoF gives the photo more depth and focus. The second photo’s “flatness” in both color and focus, makes it almost feel like the right side was a mistake. But that’s just my opinion.
Ahhh, I see what you mean about the second photo…interesting observation. 🙂
Hi David. I like the second one because of the texture… I can’t explain it…..
Thanks for the comment…no need to explain! 😉
I think I like the second one better. While I love shallow depth of field, the first photo has such amazing texture that I think such extremely shallow DoF does it a disservice. But that’s just my preference. The second photo, because it is so flat doesn’t seem to be as affected by the DoF.
I see what you mean about the first image, however, I love how the out of focus area draws your attention to the exposed brick! 😀
Well done, David! I love the first image, a lot. The vibrant colors and the texture of the bricks are what got me. I love how you filled the frame and made it appear like it is a small opening of a cave.
Thank you Gracie, I love that brick too!