Aperture is one component of the Exposure Triangle, and is a setting that controls how much light is entering through your lens, and the depth of field.
You can use a wide aperture (a low f-stop number) to create a bokeh effect using lights and objects in the background of a photo.
The photography challenge this fortnight was to show us what you can achieve by playing around with your aperture settings, and getting experimental with bokeh.
All of the photo entries from this competition theme can be seen on the Photoh Facebook page photo album here. Definitely check them out! We had a stunning collection of entries for this theme.......and a tough old time trying to narrow down the finalists!
Let's take a look at the finalists for this fortnight!
Dallian Macadam, Adelaide
Simon Parnell, Brisbane
David Collins, Melbourne
Cheri Tiglias, Perth
John Baker, Sydney
The winner this fortnight is...David Collins in Melbourne!
Congratulations David! You have won a $100 JB Hifi voucher! The shallow depth of field works so well here, as David has used it to highlight only the foreground, leaving the trail of statues graduating into blur towards the background. We love how David places the statue at the front to one side of the composition, so we can get a glimpse of the other statues' faces behind, whilst focusing mainly on the one closest to the camera. Very thoughtful and well-considered use of composition and aperture! Big bonus points for also getting in some lovely bokeh that forms an almost halo around the figure at the front. This works to pull your attention in to exactly where the photographer wants it! A great shot and fantastic use of aperture and bokeh.
And in second place we have...Dallian Macadam from Adelaide, who has won a $50 JB Hifi voucher!
Well this is a beautiful use of bokeh here! A great way to produce a colourful and 'clean' background to allow all of the focus to fall on the foreground. The very wide aperture setting has created the illusion that the figure is life size, and wandering down the street. It's such a simple but effective idea and shot! This photo would not look out of place on something like an advert or movie poster. And yes, very cute!
The theme for next fortnight is Architecture Photography
It doesn't matter if you find yourself regularly photographing architecture, or have never given it a go...this photography challenge is a great opportunity (and excuse!) to explore your local area, and the buildings that make it.
Try to see your town or city through the eyes of a tourist, and look out for details that you may have simply walked past everyday.
What's the story of the architecture where you live?