Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Day 25: Shallow Depth of Field (Little Hands)

What better way to show shallow depth of field than lunch with the smallest hands in my house?

little hands holding a can of seltzer

little hands next to a plate of raspberries

little girl licking her fingers

I kind of love these, especially the last one. Once again, I've learned the lesson to take shots of the everyday. So far in this challenge, those shots are the ones I will continue to cherish.

For those keeping track, I took all of these photos using my 50 mm camera at f/2.2.

I am in the home stretch of the 30-Day Photography Challenge. I've enjoyed the constant reminders to pick up my camera, but I'm ready to return to a more eclectic mix of topics on the blog. Only five more days....

The scheduled challenge for tomorrow, based on the Expert Photography 30-Day challenge I have been following, is light graffiti. When I failed at the previous light painting challenge, my kids and I posted light graffiti photos instead (light sabers). No point in doing things twice, so I've created a challenge of my own.

Tomorrow I will try to capture a photograph that is a reflection without using a mirror. I thought it might be a fun reason to look at my world in a completely different way. Anyone want to join me? Post your favorite result to the Flotsam of the Mind Facebook page.

I've looked ahead at the final days of the photography challenge, and I see that day 30 is another Photoshop trickery challenge. Not my thing, and I don't have Photoshop. Anyone have a suggestion for my final day of the challenge? I'm sure I could come up with something, but since you will have endured 29 days of this nonsense at that point, I thought I would give a lucky reader a chance to push my boundaries (but hopefully not my buttons). Post a suggestion in the comments or on the Facebook page, and I'll do my best.


  1. The last photo turned out really nice! Great job :)

  2. I love these too -- and also love shots of everyday life up close. Great job.