Sweet Gum Leaf #1

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  1. Diana says:

    beautiful.. I think that is a kind of Marsh tree with it.. How did you do the leaf so in focus with the marsh leaf in the foreground ??

  2. John says:

    Thanks! I think the tree/shrub is called wax myrtle aka bayberry. Anyway, to answer your question, what I am taking advantage of here, and in all of the leaf photos, is what is called a shallow depth of field/focus (dof)- in this case VERY shallow. The shallow dof refers to the way the subject, or part of it, stays in sharp focus while everything else in front and back of it remains out of focus or blurry – soft. By employing the shallow dof it allows me to isolate specific leaves from everything else that appears in the photo. Technically, this is a result of several factors including a very wide lens opening (aperture), a very short distance from camera to subject, and in this case, the moderately long focal length (telephoto rather than wide-angle) of my lens. And that’s your photography lesson for the day – you asked!

  3. Cindy says:

    Wow…especially .love all your gum leave photos John….

  4. John says:

    Thanks so much Cindy! I’m so glad that you enjoy the leaf series!

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Sweet Gum Leaf #1

Posted: March 5, 2013 
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