Tip of the Day – Shallow slice of focus

Tip of the Day – Shallow slice of focus

Image 3 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions

When she was younger, Chloe had a reputation for being mischievous and just a little bit naughty, but being an older girl she’s slowed down a bit and is more content to sit and watch the world go by. I wanted to capture this so found a pretty spot among some roses in a garden bed for her to rest. Granted, she did need a little persuasion to stay where we wanted her but if she wandered off, we patiently put her back again until she resigned herself to sitting down and looking around instead.

A visually busy garden bed background like this has the potential of distracting the focus from the subject, so I used my long lens at it’s maximum aperture to create a shallow slice of sharpness, firmly centering the focus on Chloe.

The sun was low in the sky behind Chloe so there is just a little subtle backlighting to help separate her from the background.

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ 123mm, ISO 500, 1/800 sec, f/2.8

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