you capture – depth of field

I don’t know about all you, but I really needed this week’s challenge. I’ve been so swamped and overwhelmed with work. I’d think of all the things I have to accomplish in a day and waste two hours not being able to start any of it. But in a free moment, as I was snapping pictures for this challenge, I actually realized something.

Photos don’t work so well when all the elements are competing for attention. It’s busy and distracting and screws up the visual balance. The mental balance.

So what do you do? You take just one thing…
…and you focus on it.

You pay attention to what’s in front of you…
…and everything else just fades away.

And you just do that with everything, bit by bit…

Until you get to the last of it…
…and discover it was easier than you thought it’d be.

Then you can just have fun!

And you start running gleefully through the house, taking pictures of random shite.

Everything from statues…

To glass stemware.

Until everyone else wonders what the heck is wrong with you.

…Or…is that just me?

Seemed like a nice lesson for life anyway.

Psst!! My birthday’s coming up and this is what I want!

For more DOF action, check out this week’s You Capture challenge at I Should Be Folding Laundry.


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26 thoughts on “you capture – depth of field

  1. Well, I can't get it to load at all. I keep refreshing, which probably isn't helping the sitation. I don't remember seeing your name but I was too focused on looking for mine.

    It's passed my bedtime now, so I'll check again in the morning!

  2. Really great photos. The yellow flowers are stunning and the red rose is very beautiful too with great DOF.

  3. Every week I look forward to seeing your captures. This week is another reason why. I loved your shots!

  4. Your daughter is SO beautiful! And so are your pictures this week! You are so funny and creative the way you worked her in : ) Very cute! Hope you are having a great week Jade!

  5. I love depth of field. It is probably my most fun (other than trying to capture the clouds in the sky lately) pictures to take. I am constantly trying to take different ones. I had a lot of flowers too, but I *love* your niece's expression. She is too cute.

  6. my favorites are the last {of course-what an expression!} and the yellow flowers! beautiful… love short depth of field! :)

  7. The yellow flowers are stunning! I love how you can see the shape of the petals against the background.

  8. Love your shots, gorgeous.

    And I love your daughter, LOVE HER.

    We brake for Hello Kitty up in here too.

  9. "I don’t know about all you, but I really needed this week’s challenge."

    TRU DAT. :)

    I love that you tell a story with your photos (the look on her face is HI-larious). Also, I like the contrast between the outdoor & indoor shots. Nice job, as always.

  10. I wanted to tell you about The Happiness Project over at my Blog. It's simple, every Tuesday you just post a photo of something that makes you wildly happy. It's been so rewarding to meditate each week on what brings me happiness. I would like invite you to join and link up to Mr. Linky. I am trying to take over the Blogosphere with happiness!

    Here is a link to last weeks round up if you want to check it out!