Depth of Field – Week 4/52 of 2014

52 of 2014 - Week 4

I have featured this lighthouse so many times in my photographs that by now should be able to name it without prompting from me. No prizes for guessing, but what’s it called?

And so to this weeks challenge. In optics, particularly as it relates to film and photography, depth of field (DOF) is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image.

How many times have you seen a landscape photograph that is in full focus from foreground right through to the background? Yet, sometimes by minimising depth of field and selectively focusing on our subject we can create a more impressive photograph.

Or to put it another way. By controlling what is in focus, as well as what is not, the photographer can direct the viewer’s attention to what he wants them to see in his photographs.

The 52 of 2014 Challenge on Flickr allows for post processing of photographs, in fact some of the challenges will have an element of post processing to them. So for this week I thought  I would play around and make the photograph look like a vintage print. What do you think? Does it work?


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7 thoughts on “Depth of Field – Week 4/52 of 2014

  1. The lighthouse looks vintage without the treatment so why not? I wouldn’t want to use this very often but it works well here Mike. I tend to avoid this sort of effect in Silver Efex but now and again I will experiment with them. I like the film noir and pinhole styles.


    1. Andrew, this effect came from the new Analog Efex that Google (NIK) added to the complete suite a month or so back. If you haven’t seen it, all of the effects are designed to simulate the looks of old style cameras


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