All of our Photoh meet up groups have been playing with aperture for the competition this fortnight. Finding the right aperture to suit a scene can be tricky. Achieving sharpness and blur in the desired areas in a frame is harder than it seems, but the finalists in the competition for this fortnight have used aperture very well to highlight a subject.
This image is a great example of how aperture has been used to deliberately widen the depth of field, so the viewer notices the pattern and repetition across the row of bicycles.
Brian Dean, Brisbane
By selecting a wide aperture, Brian has achieved a shallow depth of field which works well to highlight the spider in the foreground, while the background has melded with the light to create lovely bokeh and give a glossy sheen to the web.
Glenn Cockerton, Melbourne
A low f/stop has been chosen to make the leaves in the middle ground the focal point, and Glenn has also used the sun in the frame so they are backlit, enhancing the detail that can be seen in them.
Karen Regan, Perth
Karen has an extremely shallow depth of field in her image, where everything in the frame is blurred except the wire, but the interplay it has created between the light and the gloss of the metal is aesthetically intriguing and unusual.
Tracye Hughes, Sydney
Tracye has set her aperture to make one of the statues her subject, while still giving a sense of context to the photo of being in a graveyard, without it providing too much distraction.
Margaret McLennan, Sydney
By keeping her subject in the foreground sharp, Margaret has been able to use the water and bright light in the background to create a beautiful effect with colour and texture.
The winner this fortnight is...Brian Dean from Brisbane! Congratulations, you have won a $100 JB Hi-Fi voucher!
And in second place we have...Karen Regan from Perth, who has won a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher.
The theme for the next challenge is interesting perspectives where you can have fun playing with size, scale, depth and height in your photos.
Entries will open on Saturday the 25th February and close on Thursday the 9th March at midnight AEST.
To enter, simply post your photo on the Photoh Facebook wall stating your city. First prize is a $100 JB Hifi voucher and second prize is a $50 JB Hifi voucher.