2020 Photo Challenge: #23 Being creative with DOF

OK, finally here I am, shaking off the recent slothfulness with regard to this challenge. Jude has asked us to:

“Take three images of a chosen subject at three different aperture ranges. Low (shallow like f/1.8), medium (intermediate like f/5.6) and high (deep like f/11). Which photo pleases you the most. Why is that?

So here are 3 examples close to a cup of coffee and some books behind
f1.8 – wise aperture, only the cup and coffee capsule are in sharp focus

f5.6 – now the books are in focus as well

f14 the distant objects are becoming rather more evident

The above images all illustrate the effects of aperture on depth of field, but I just thought I’d add a few more, just because I could, and I’ve got an easy dinner tonight

f1.8 – only the foreground book in sharp focus

f5.6 things in the distance are less fuzzy, but still not well defined

f14 Even the distant flowers are pretty well in focus

Personally, I’m a great fan of wide aperture, as you will have noticed in my recent posts when I was looking at Small Things

Linked to 2020 Photo Challenge at Jude’s here


  1. I’m still a big fan of the vase of peonies 🙂 🙂

  2. I like f/5.6 in the first photo. We see the books that go with the cup of coffee but the background is not too distracting. Good examples, Sue.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. It’s funny how the subject matter makes such a difference. Like Pete I prefer the mid point for the coffee cup, but for the second photo I prefer the wide angle. A very nice and useful post Sue.

    • Sue

      Yes, on reflection, the mid point for the coffee cup, and the longer depth of field I think you mean for the second….no wide angle lens used here! Thanks, Jude!

  4. Great examples you’ve really nailed it Sue. Makes me wish I had a DSLR to play with

  5. I like this approach of examining different corners/details of a picture, thus giving us all different perspectives rather than a momentary impression. It’s what I try to do when analysing artworks in a gallery, in the flesh (as it were) or in a blog post.

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