shallow depth of field

Butterfly Sunshine

What would a butterfly quote, on looking in the mirror? It would say, “the adventure was worth it!”
— Manali Oak

As promised, here’s the last of the three butterfly shots I unexpectedly came upon a few evenings back. Like the photos in the last two posts, it’s a significant crop of the original image. In fact, you might notice it looks a whole lot like yesterday’s composition, altered at capture by 1/200th of a second and a ray of sunlight. I like the rich yellow — dare I say buttery — backdrop created at this exposure by the yellow flowers under heavy bokeh/shallow depth of field.

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"Butterfly Sunshine" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/1000 sec., 85 mm

“Butterfly Sunshine” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/1000 sec., 85 mm

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Pet Portrait: Cleo the Cat

I love to photograph cats. It can take a tremendous amount of patience, but most often just requires a desire to get to know the cat before getting out the camera.

Cleo loves her cat tree; she spends the majority of her sleeping and awake hours in the security and comfort of its carpet-padded shelves. It was the perfect place to photograph and interact with her. I think the shallow depth of field works well here to draw the viewer into Cleo’s eyes.

"Cleo Kitty" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 2500, f/1.8 at 1/125 sec., 85 mm

“Cleo” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 2500, f/1.8 at 1/125 sec., 85 mm

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