A Photo a Week Challenge: Depth of Field

If you read Nancy’s post you will find the factors involved in limiting depth of field explained. The f-stop description is as Nancy says – counter intuitive. The key to understanding is that f-stops are a ratio with smaller numbers indicating a wider opening to let light in. One of the best ways of understanding this is to view the number as being the number of holes of that size that would fit on your film so 2.8 is, by definition, a much bigger hole than the hole that would fit onto your film 16 times. f-stops have been around a long time and the direct correlation to film / sensor size no longer exists. Nancy mentioned that focal length also plays a part in the depth of field – it’s worth adding that cropped sensors affect your lens focal length compared to full frame sensors and therefore also have an effect on the depth of field in your final image. I hope my additional thoughts help.

Limiting depth of field is a technique used in sports photography to isolate the action from the background. Thus, you will find many sports photographers shooting using aperture priority to keep the depth of field small whilst adjusting the ISO setting to maintain a suitable shutter speed. Some photographers will shoot with the lens wide open – I tend to try and use somewhere between f4 and f5 because sometimes I find that f2.8 is a bit too tight for my subject matter. Of course when it gets dark and I’m photographing under the poor quality floodlights at a non-league football match then I have to resort to shutter priority and adjust the ISO to get reasonable exposures at the widest aperture – such is the life of a football photographer 😉 Here’s a couple of shots from a recent match at Leatherhead – one of action and one of a couple of stewards…


A Photo a Week Challenge: Unexpected Windows

I thought long about this challenge from Nancy. I don’t often stumble upon ‘unexpected’ images. However, there is this shot from our visit to Barcelona back in 2017. Taken through the locked gates of the Mercado de la Boqueria, the normally busy stalls are closed with only the pigeons for company…

Then I remembered this from back in 2009……This is a view through one of the wrecked turnstiles into the abandoned Claremont Road football ground, once home of Hendon FC. It tells a tale of falling attendance and the need for investment to maintain league position. There’s an old saying – Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. In modern non-league football that can be paraphrased to ‘Beware of Property Developers offering to help your club’. Hendon were ousted from their home and now groundshare with Edgware. The ground was demolished in 2012 if I remember correctly and is now a housing estate. Hendon were not the first, but hopefully will be one of the last to suffer this fate after a battle last season to save Dulwich Hamlet which saw them return home to their ground mid-season this year after questions were asked in Parliament and the local council stepped in to protect what is a community resource. A set of my shots of the dilapidated Claremont Road ground can be seen here.

A Photo a Week: On the Horizon

A little late with this entry for Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge as I see there is a new post with a different challenge 🙂 However, here is my take with very congested subject matter on the Horizon…
This image is taken from the top of Muswell Hill looking roughly south-east. A 144 bus grinds its way up the steep climb towards the terminus of the route at Muswell Hill Broadway. The houses of Hornsey Vale, Stroud Green and Harringay form a backdrop with the buildings of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford just visible on the far horizon.