Project 1 The distorting lens

Exercise 2.7

Use a combination of small apertures and wide lens to take a number of photographs exploring deep depth of field. Because of the small apertures you’ll be working with slow shutter speeds and may need to use a tripod or rest the camera on a stable surface to prevent ‘camera shake’ at low ISOs. Add one or two unedited sequences, together with relevant shooting data and an indication of your selects, to your learning log.

I used this as an opportunity to experiment with my new tripod and shutter speeds. These shots were all at a focal length of 16mm, in hindsight I should have taken the opportunity to use my wide angle Tamron 10-24mm lens to further accentuate the effect on perspective.

_MG_4256 enh 100 no tripod   _MG_4301 enh 200

1/25 f22 ISO 100 with tripod                        1/60 f22 ISO 200 handheld

_MG_4286 enh 100   _MG_4287 enh 200 best

1/25 f22 ISO 100 with tripod                         1/50 f22 ISO 200 with tripod

_MG_4310 enh 100   _MG_4311 enh 200

1/40 f22 ISO 100 with tripod                     1/85 f22 ISO 200 with tripod

_MG_4244 320 no tripod   _MG_4266 enh 200 no tripod

1/50 f22 ISO 320 handheld                       1/25 f22 ISO 100 handheld

_MG_4260 enh 100 no tripod   _MG_4280 100 tripod

1/50 f22 ISO 200  handheld                       1/25 f22 ISO 100 with Tripod

On reviewing these images it is certainly easy to achieve a deep depth of field, however they are generally uninteresting unless they have foreground interest or a leading line. I think that the leading line in particular draws the viewer inside of the picture whilst foreground detail adds depth.

What was interesting for me to see was that whilst I would usually use foreground interest or leading lines when shooting a wide angle shot with a small aperture, I am doing this less often when using a tripod. I think that I am still developing my ease of movement with a tripod and must therefore make a conscious effort to place it and manipulate it to obtain the viewpoint/perspective that I would naturally without it.