A Shallow Depth of Field (DOF) Saved My Day

DOF Played a Beautiful Trick on Me

A bland backyard turned to be a great lake front paradise, thanks to a shallow DOF.

EXIF Data: 

85mm, F/1.8, 1/200 sec, 500 ISO

ENVIRONMENT: 

October 30, 5:25pm, a generic plastered backyard with a tree nearby, sunset time was 6:01pm.

HOW:

The original plaster wall in the back projected a bland look for the model. By turning the aperture to wide open (smallest number), all background element turned blurry due to the shallow DOF, and suddenly the generic wall became a lake water body. It went well with the model's swimsuit look and the tree's setting.

SUGGESTION:  

Use the wide open aperture to block out details in the background, and it puts the focus on the model specifically.

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