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Barbara Hopkins
Thu May 3 2007 8:27 pm

was looking at photo # 627, Spring in Oregon - comment by judge was "more use of DOF" - what is this?

"Spring in Oregon" by Tina

Thu May 3 2007 11:39 pm
Example using DOF...

That comment was by Anouschka, but I added a similar notation: "I agree about using a narrower DOF to blur the background..."

DOF (Depth of Field) is a measure of how much of the scene is in focus, from near to far. Photographers will often select a specific lens aperture and focal length to throw the background and/or foreground out of focus. This helps draw the eye to a portion of the scene that holds the most interest.

In this particular photo, the background (and to a lesser extent the foreground) was a bit distracting, so using a narrower DOF centered on the row of flowers could improve the image.

Here's a very crude illustration, using Photoshop to blur the foreground and background to simulate a narrow DOF. The results would be more dramatic in a full size image, of course.

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Barbara Hopkins
Mon May 7 2007 8:54 pm

thank you for the info - will try to use it in future compositions!
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