This week for professional pet photography blog circle Project 52 we are at Week 11 and the topic of isolation through the use of a wider aperture. A wider aperture is a smaller f-stop number and the lens I used was wide open at f/1.8. Our task this week was to take a set of three different images of our same subject at our same point but with the variation of a different aperture for each. We were to shoot our three images at the following f-stops: f/1.8, f/6.3, and f/16. I am not sure that I succeeded in following the exact steps of the assignment due to the moderately uncooperative subjects, but I did my best.

This week, Mr. Bojangles and I, once again, headed for our favorite local park, but this time we brought Paco. It was a beautiful sunny day, so perfect for taking the dogs for a walk in the park and getting this week’s assignment completed (easier said than done!) Typically, Mr. Bojangles is very cooperative and the few times I’ve photographed Paco, he has also been cooperative; however, because the day was nice there were more people in the park than we usually come across so the distractions were many and my subjects were not as obliging as normal. So, I am not exactly in the same position for each of my three images, but as close as I could be.

My first image shot with an aperture of f/1.8. You can see how the background is rather blurry behind Mr. Bojangles and Paco. 

As you can see in my second image, shot at f/6.3, I was not quite in the same position as with the first, but as close as I could maintain.  You can see how the background is not as blurry as in the first image.

Finally, my third image shot at f/16 (good thing it was a super sunny day!) In this image you can see how the background is even sharper than in the last image. When you shoot with a smaller aperture (larger number) the background becomes less blurry because your camera is hyper focused through a smaller opening. There are times when having a super blurry background is very desirable and there are other times where you want much more of your image to be in focus.

And, just because, here are a couple of pictures of Mr. Bojangles and Paco taken with a wide open aperture of f/1.8.

You can see in both of these images that the subjects are isolated from the blurry background. 
Now, to see more wide aperture isolation, head over to Pennsylvania’s I Got the Shot Photography, and then around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here.

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