September 4, 2011

Dog Tag Chandelier, Fayetteville Veterans Park

Photograph by John Creech Jr., My Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos With Tips From Photographer Catherine Karnow

Sometimes there’s a beauty in a purely abstract image. Shooting in black and white and playing around with depth of field are ways to create images that mesmerize us with their shapes and forms. The success of this shot, for me, is the shallow depth of field. A sharp depth of field would have been very confusing, as all the elements would have been in focus. The interplay between the sharp tags and the soft ones, as well as the light and dark, make for an image that has staying power: You want to keep looking at it endlessly.

Photo Tip: Use shallow depth of field when shooting busy abstract images.

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