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depth of field

One of the best ways to improve your photography is to learn about depth of field (DOF).
It can make ordinary subjects stand out. I shot this dried Thistle last Friday in Flagstaff.
Knowing how to control the DOF, I was able to cause a very busy background to become
a beautiful blur. The color in the background is simply grasses and other weeds.


(I used Nik and Topaz to bump up the contrast).

Here’s a link to a YouTube video with an excellent description of depth of field:

Understanding Depth of Field

Note: You’ll have more success achieving Depth of Field (DOF) with a single reflex camera (SLR).
It’s difficult to control in a compact camera because they tend to be sharp at all f/stop settings.