Saturday, December 17, 2011

Too Much Depth of Field

400mm f5.6, 5.5m distance

Try as I might I haven't been able to capture a satisfactory shot of a blue jay yet this year.  It's not that there is a lack of bird for at times more than a dozen jays will swarm the feeding area.  Rather the problem is their wariness.  Seldom will they perch for more than a split second unless they are in or near cover when I am positioned close enough to the feeding area to capture an acceptable image.  When I snapped this image the bird was close enough to the camera but too close to cover. 

It is a good sharp image of the bird but the busy background is too distracting.  While reviewing my shots from the day I thought for a moment about hitting the delete button and then decided to post about those times when having too much DOF ruins the shot.


 



5 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Aw, he's beautiful!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

The blue jay is just beautiful. The birds color makes the image quite lovely regardless of the background.

Country Mouse Studio said...

It's such a good shot of the bird I'm glad you didn't delete it.

Gary said...

Yes but It's still a grand close up!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Passinthru Outdoors said...

great shot. I have that problem shooting birds around the house. They are always perched on this tangled mess. Still beautiful though.