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…

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A Photo a Week Challenge: The Things that Matter Most

“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.” Bill Shankly


Rob Laney celebrates after scoring the first of two goals for Wingate & Finchley against Dulwich Hamlet in the FA Trophy on his Birthday 🙂

Catch up with Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge Here.

A Plethora of Apologies

… And a bit of football…

I seem to spend much of my time currently apologising for not posting. Here’s the situation report. Because of the way the league and cup competitions have worked out I have 5 matches to photograph and process the images from in the next 12 days. You will appreciate that this will leave me with scant time for producing blog content 😦 We were down at Tiverton on Saturday in the FA Trophy – a new ground for most of us and a very long journey for the team (5 hours on the coach each way). We’re down to Brightlingsea tomorrow evening – that’s 3 hours each way. Then we’ve got to go to Chippenham – another 5 hour each way trip. I go and take the photos. Then, I have to process them which takes 2 – 3 hours after each game (home or away). So, with so many upcoming matches I am going to be struggling to blog more than my weekly Trucking Digest and even that’s going to be a bit sparse of content 😦

I can show some footie phots though and I hope you like them. These are from our away game at Tiverton.

We won the game 3-2 after a tragic back-pass by their defender to the keeper that bobbled over his foot and into the back of the net. Full of sympathy for him and had a great chat with some of their fans afterward. If you’re ever down that way, pop into Tiverton Town FC – very fine people!