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Neodigital Art | Apertures

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Narrow aperture

If you read last weeks blog you will know the aperture is like a doorway that lets a lot of light in, if it’s open a lot and less light, if it’s open a little. How long the door way is open also determines how much light gets into the camera. You don’t have to set the aperture, most cameras have settings for landscape, portrait and so on. I set the aperture to wide for this shot of a couple of geese. I get more light into the camera and a short depth of field.

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This photograph was a narrow aperture again because the subject was the pussy willows. It didn’t quite work because some of them reflected a lot of light anyway because they’re white. A flower in the foreground would work better and the sun was to my right; maybe not quite enough light for the shot.

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There appears to be a lot of pussy willows around and these on the canal gave an interesting landscape scene. I just set the camera on landscape, with the sun behind me and I took the shot off a bridge. I was leaning on the rail of the bridge to steady the camera. I waited for the sun to come out a little and also for the ducks to swim into the foreground!


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I improved this picture a little by cropping some off the bottom, but still didn’t get what I wanted. The trees in the background are all different colours and some silhouette against the sky. I was looking for depth and used the tree in the foreground to try to get depth but that is all that gives it some depth and it doesn’t seem to be quite enough.

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I have this shot a dozen times over. I have it without the sign in the foreground, I have it with cars and without cars and this is taken with me standing up. You can get a different shot sitting down and we took some shots from the car. I like this the best because it has lots of depth provided by the sign, the road going away from us, the trees and the bends in the road in the distance.

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This picture overlooking the golf course is boring but you can see how I tried to get depth. The trees appear to get smaller as they go into the distance. It’s a typical shot of a bit of English countryside, but not very spectacular.

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I have a few branches in the foreground for depth in this shot, but it doesn’t go away into the distance, quite so much.

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I took this photo last week when it was freezing. The others were taken yesterday in bright sunshine that kept going behind a cloud. You can see the light is very different, but it’s still an interesting picture.

For the benefit of local people,  the first picture two pictures were Wednesbury and then on to Ridgacre canal near Swan village, then the next two were at the Delves in Walsall, Sandwell Valley and finally the one from last week was the Milky pool at the Mill fields near Wednesbury. I do get about!

You can also read my blog about narrow apertures on A Zillion ideas. There are more amazing blogs on the Home Page too! 

15 responses

  1. Hi Mike, One of the amazing things about your blog is that you include pictures that you think don’t work and tell us why they don’t.

    The geese picture at the top seems especially clear. Does that have to do with aperture?

    It’s funny, the shot of the golf course you say is boring, I think is great. The green rolling hills of England never failed to impress me when I lived there. I miss seeing that scenery on a daily basis (though where I live in the US is also beautiful).

    Thanks again for sharing your talents with us, Mike. Are you going to be moving this blog to zillion ideas or are you going to be having two blogs?

    20, March 2012 at 12:38 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Yes, The geese picture is wide aperture. I think the golf course picture is OK, just not a lot of depth and that sort of picture people often like. I like the canal picture and the one of the road going away from us, lots of depth.

      I did a different blog to this one with more narrow aperture pictures on a Zillion Ideas. I intend to miss more and more days on this blog and try to keep up daily blogs on a Zillion Ideas and eventually stop blogging here. I will probably miss tomorrow, but have written one for Thursday and so I hope to write 2 blogs for A Zillion Ideas tomorrow. It took a long time to build this one up and a Zillion Ideas is slow but faster than this was. I understand Google doesn’t like duplicate content but I have posted some blogs on both sites.

      You can tell I’m keen, I’m typing this lying in bed! 🙂

      20, March 2012 at 10:02 pm

      • Hi Mike, You know you can move your blog here over to Zillion ideas so you don’t give up on this blog but merge the two. Then you can redirect people to your new site with a post here. I just don’t want anyone missing out on any of your great posts! 🙂

        21, March 2012 at 1:28 am

  2. Hi Carolyn,

    Yes, I’m not moving all my posts from here to the new one because my writing and photography has improved since I started this blog. It’s not as funny as it used to be but I’m working on that! I’m slowly reduce what I have here and increase a zillion ideas and put lots of links in here to the new website. I have to be careful not to lose readers! I shall probably make some posts here shorter with a link at the end to a longer post on There is a neodigital art blog on there about apertures that is different to this one and more about wide apertures and F stops, for example.

    Thanks for the idea though!

    21, March 2012 at 8:58 am

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