Saturday, October 17, 2009


I have always found tall grasses appealing. When I was young they were a great place to play and hide. I don't do that anymore. Now I like to make pictures from them.

There are two things I'd like to point out. First is the colour. This image was made in the late afternoon sun; when it's light turns a goldish colour. This is why it is called 'the golden hour'. Scenes take on a wonderful warm feeling because of the light colour. Look for it.

The other thing is depth-of-field. We can see that the grasses on the left are in sharp focus, but those on the right and a little further away are not. The trees in the distance are lightly blurred. This is a result of the f/2.8 aperture that was used for this image. The blurry background is one way that photography differs from your eyes. We don't perceive the world like this (unless we aren't wearing our glasses!). The effect simplifies the image by not providing detail to draw our attention.

1/500 f/2.8 ISO 200 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM @ 145 mm Canon EOS 40D
Victoria Square,Markham,Ontario
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