The depth project was interesting for me in the sense that part of it was difficult and part of it was fun and easy. I think it will be easy to tell that learning about shallow depth was much easier for me than showing deep depth.
I learned during this project that I enjoy shallow photography. Therefore, I have quite a few shallow pictures to show. It’s amazing what you will find in the BYUI gardens. I believe the sprinklers had just turned off when I arrived, so I got lucky with the flowers having tons of water droplets on them. I also found some over cooperative bugs that were more than happy to pose for their picture while I figured out my zoom and aperture to get plenty of bokeh in the photo. Once I figured it out, my process was to zoom out my lens as far as it goes (55mm) and set the aperture as wide as it goes (f/5.6). I then moved the camera closer or farther away from the subject to find a place where it was in focus. In Photoshop I enhanced each photo’s vibrancy and curves setting and increased the sharpness in the focal area.
I found deep focus much more difficult to capture than shallow focus. My process for each picture was to set the aperture on a high number in the aperture priority mode. Once I took a photo I thought had the majority of everything in focus (although I think some things still blurred even at the higher aperture), I then took the photos into Photoshop. I sharpened the images and enhanced the colors using the vibrancy and curves features.
This first photo is my favorite of my depth photos. I wanted it to tell a story, so I drew little faces on the little berries that have been falling off trees around campus and made it look like I was squishing one of their friends.
For the next photo, I thought it would be fun to try to make a little fairy house. It didn’t turn out as I hoped, and I also realized when I was editing it that it most likely doesn’t show enough depth. However, I am including it because I still like the concept.
To make up for the fairy photo, I took this photo of a lamp post. I think the sharp clouds against the post show depth much better than the last photo, even if it isn’t as fun of an idea.