Orange impressions

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The photographer is looking for generalized feedback about the aesthetic and technical qualities of their image.


This is from a walk in my local park. I intentionally brought only an 85 mm/f 1.8 lens to play around with shallow depth of field. I wanted to highlight to orange (and red and yellow) foliage but in an impressionistic manner so I used a wide open aperture.

Technical Details

85 mm, f/1.8, 1/800 s, ISO 64.

As a thumbnail this is harder to appreciate. Looking at the larger views, I really like the shallow DOF; the leaves look like they are in motion, dancing around the branches and trunk. Nice aperture choice to get that affect.

Thank you, @John_Williams. I was hoping to convey a sense of movement.

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Great use of the shallow depth of field. And the more I’ve viewed this, the more I’ve liked and appreciated.

At first, with the shallow dof, there will always be a very shallow plane in good focus. In this case, that would be the main tree structure, which I think works as the branches are surrounded by the OOF fall color - implying motion too as has been mentioned.

If anything, I might be inclined to further blur (gaussian or other…) the leaves in the ULC area. They are sharp like the main tree. Maybe some selective blurring will complete the feeling of motion around the main tree. Just a thought.

Thank you, @Lon_Overacker. I had similar thoughts about the ULC. Perhaps I’ll revisit that.