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A very nicely composed local study: if only gates could talk, the stories they might recall.
I agree with Frank( Focus Man) Brenda. It's potentially an interesting scene and I can see why the gate caught your eye. You have made it the focal point of the shot but it is always necessary to see what else is going on in the shot. The logs on the right catch my attention because they are intruding into the scene and are out of focus. If they had been sharp they might have blended more into the overall scene. With an aperture of f2.8 even though you have a shortish focal length of 18mm you have to be ever so careful about what will be in focus and what will not. I agree with Frank that f8 would have been a better option.
I also agree with him about the position of the gate. Open gates invite you to come inside and have a look around, whereas here I am a little frustrated that I am not able to look what lies beyond.
Hope this helps
Thank you so very much Frank! I greatly appreciate all your advice. It has truly helped.
I am going back to retake this shot today, using all of your advice.
Again thank you so very much.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your help. I greatly appreciate it and I welcome it. I am going back to retake this shot. using all of the advice that you and Frank have offered. I will also see if the gate can be closed, or maybe I could shoot it from a different angle.
Again thank you so much Catherine.
The advice from Frank and Catherine is always good and they have helped me understand more the basics of photography.
Although they both agree about the composition of being able to look through the gate i quite like the composition as it is. To me it offers intrigue as i can't see what is behind. Obviously an opposing viewpoint. However, you would be better advised to listening to Frank & Catherine as they know what they are talking about.
At 18mm, using f/2.8 you will have a total depth of field of 14.7 feet, 3.5 feet in front of the subject, and 11.2 feet behind, assuming you are 10 feet away from the subject. This shows any detail further than 11.2 feet behind the fence as an out of focus blur. You may very well want to have this in many shots, especially where you want for example to pick a person out of a crowded area and make everything blurred except your target.
Theres two distinct points being made here. Point one is that your lens, like every other lens, has a "sweet spot" for aperture where its sharpest, from centre to edge, and this is f/5.6 90% of the time.
The second point is that unless you really want the background out of focus, a smaller aperture (thats a bigger number!) will provide a deeper area front to back where the shot will appear sharp.
For example, If you had taken the shot from exactly the same position using f/8, the total depth of field would be from 6 feet in front of the subject to infinity (assuming 10 feet from the subject), and if you used f/5.6 it would be 5.1 feet in front of the subject to infinity. So I would try both 5.6 and 8 and see which you think is sharpest.
The comments re composition, open gate etc are spot on.
Heres a useful link for you to calculate your own dof:
BTW, - where in Canada are you located, - Im in Oshawa, ON.
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