Wildermuth Trail, Budding Oak and Acorn, Shallow DOF

ISO100, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec
Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail, Lake Pardee, CA

A few minutes before this specific shot, I had it in my mind to take a few photographs of the oak leaf buds emerging.  The only problem was the lack of a true focal point.  Luckily, this tiny acorn made an appearance as the anchor for the composition.

(Click through the image for the 700px view)

One of the tougher tasks I have to overcome when photographing the rolling hills during the Spring is the overwhelming amount of green.  Bright green leaves set against neon green new grass creates photographs where elements blend together in a giant mass of green.  It is a compositional nightmare.  At least here I am able to place some elements against the sky and further create separation with a shallow depth of field (DOF) by forcing everything in the background into a blur.  Remember, it is not always about placing all elements in focus.  Just because the meter is centered in manual mode does not mean you have taken into account the various creative variations at your disposal: f/stop, ISO, and shutter speed.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec

Wildermuth Trail, Budding Oak and Acorn, Shallow DOF. Lake Pardee, California. March 16, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


One thought on “Wildermuth Trail, Budding Oak and Acorn, Shallow DOF

  1. Yes, these blurs are nice to look at, but generally require some decent lenses to achieve, which I don’t really have. I was able to make it work here since I focused on an object VERY close while the tree in the background was relatively far away, thus achieving a decent focus separation.


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