Depth of Field Macros

Hello!  It’s photo day again!

Yeah, okay, it’s three days past photo day.  Saturday was one of GirlKid’s competition days.  Long ass, very toxic, very painful day for me.  Yesterday saw me spacing out more than anything.  I did edit the pictures but then I totally forgot about posting them.  Yesterday I was struggling with pain and I had to do a bunch of driving and shopping. Today I am again struggling with pain (more so since the lidocaine shots have worn off) and keeping my focus together.

While we were at the beach on Friday all I had for a camera was my phone.  It took some interesting pictures.  *laughs*  The colours weren’t quite right but I do like the end results.  

I was looking for a theme (because I do better when I’m focused on something) and as I looked around the driftwood studded beach  I decided that perspectives might be nice; do a study in depth of field.  

Trees are such interesting things when you look at them up close, studying the textures and lines.  They become more interesting when they’re exposed to the elements – and yes, I meant elements and not just weather.  These trees have tumbled through the lake,  battered by waves and storms, before ending up thrown onto the sand.  I have four bark pictures for you and two of things that belong to trees but aren’t part of the main support structure.

I think we’ll end with the prettiest of the pictures.

I like the almost sepia-toned colours of this first picture. I’m happy with the placement of the focal point though I like the lines in the foreground and I even like the way the beach and water look in the background.

Yes, I know the horizon is off-kilter. ;)

Yes, I know the horizon is off-kilter. 😉

This next one is strange and kind of hard to look at.  The focal point is is off to the right and starts in the foreground.  It’s hard to look at because you want that focus to be in the centre and it very much isn’t.  It’s a small strip of bark I found, about five inches long and it insisted on lying on its side – which is why the very blurry outer bark is the first thing you’re trying to focus on.  I love the larger pebbles on the left contrasting with the very clear grains of sand on the right.  The picture is dark and light at the same time and I like that.


See?  Difficult to see as a whole.

See? Difficult to see as a whole.  You have to pick and choose bits to look at.

I love this next one!  I love the colours and shapes.  I love the curve of the focus.  It starts just above center on the right (following the curve of the log) and curls through the center of the photo to just below the middle on the left. It looks like someone molded it out of clay.    The spikes in the top right corner are part of it and that’s the lifeguard tower in the back on the left.

Isn't it lovely?

Isn’t it lovely?

This next one is gorgeous.  I love the colours.  I love the way the perspective seems to go almost all the way through the photo from top to bottom.  I love the colours (so much so I had to say it twice *laughs*) and the grains of sand so transparent they look like glass.  The moss on this small branch (4-5 inches long, little more than 1 across) is what made me get on my knees and elbows in the wet sand to photograph it.

Beauty eh?  My favourite picture, by far, of the ones I took on Friday.

Beauty eh? My favourite picture, by far, of the ones I took on Friday.

Last two.  This first one is a small …I don’t know what you’d call it.  It’s shaped like a pine cone, approximately an inch long and seemed to be tightly packed like a pine cone  Yet, when I took this extreme close up, it proved to be floral.  Those are grains of sand mixed in with the flowers(?).  I think it might be a seed pod but I’m really not sure.  The focal point is so intense and so tight it looks like I slapped the picture of the red florets on top of it, which is kind of cool.  An unintentional side effect.

I think it is a breathtaking picture.  I may, however, have a fondness for my own work that exceeds other people's. ;)

I think it is a breathtaking picture. I may, however, have a fondness for my own work that exceeds other people’s. 😉

I took this last one because of the hit of colour on a beach mostly made up of 500 shades of brown.  The foreground, again, is all the focus and the mid-to-background is a fuzzy set of shapes and colours, just the way I wanted it. 

Love, love, love the green.

Love, love, love the green.

And that’s it for me folks.  I’m going to spend some time researching lidocaine, lidocaine shots and infusions.  There isn’t a lot about them on the interwebs and I’d like to do something about that.  Using lidocaine as a nerve-blocker is kind of an off-label way to use it (especially in the States) but it is effective.  

Until it isn’t.

Have a wonderful day, folks!



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