1st 35L of gus

1st 35L of gus

Originally uploaded by monitorpop.

“It’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it that counts.”

Well, yes and no.

There are a lot of great things going on in today’s GR Pick Of The Day, not the least of which is that the dog is looking out of the frame instead of directly at the camera. This adds interest for the viewer. The ambient light is also amazing. But the two most exciting things going on here are the bokeh and the incredibly sharp detail.

What is bokeh? Well, to put it as simply as possible, bokeh is what happens when the background of an image is blurry to an unusual extent while the subject remains sharp and clear at the front of the image.

Bokeh can be achieved by opening your aperture up wide to create a very narrow depth of field. It’s easy to over expose your shot this way, especially in full sun, so be sure to adjust your other settings accordingly. Bokeh is a great technique to use on things like portraits and closeup shots of flowers and other objects when you want the main subject to pop out of the image at you. For more examples of bokeh check out the Bokeh Galore group on flickr.

The other stunning thing about this photo is the detail. Even in this small version of the image you can almost see the individual hairs in the dog’s coat. If you click through and view it large, or even medium, you CAN see the individual hairs on the dog’s coat. That’s a direct result of the quality of the lens that monitorpop used.

Wonderful shot, monitorpop!

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