January 13, 2011

once again, the Lagunitas Creek


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photo by Donald Kinney

With all the recent rains my beloved Lagunitas Creek has gotten faster, wider, and deeper.   It's roar has gotten louder, and I'm pretty sure if I fell in I might get even wetter...



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Oh, here's that same mossy tree I showed you a week or two ago.   Right now it's residing right on the edge of the water -- another big rainstorm will flood it's base.



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On Monday our morning temperature had dropped to freezing, and maybe just a bit below.   I had a hunch that steam might be rising off the creek.



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Since I rarely use a tripod I am often forced to use wide lens apertures, and this results in a very limited depth-of-field -- the range of in-focus parts of the image is limited, giving good visual separation between the front and rear of the image.



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Continuing on the out-of-focus background topic --
Had I put my camera on the tripod, I may have been able to take a long exposure at a small f-stop and thereby have everything in focus from front to back -- but the photo would look horrible because everything would be a jumble.   The selective-focus simplifies the photo, in my opinion.


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4 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I am slowly learning that same belief of the selective-focus as you put it. I've been working with a monopod lately. It is limiting the up and down motion but I still feel I am waving my long lens around like a band conductor. Just need more practice.

photowannabe said...

Pretty fog rising off the creek. Your technique works well with me and my non techie ways.

Laura~DancesWithTeddyBears said...

Great captures. I like the limited depth-of-field, sure makes the subject pop.
I also use a monopod, occasionally, and when I think to grab it.

AphotoAday said...

Thanks EVERYBODY for the comments -- appreciated...

 
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