I’ve been getting in to photography over the winter spending a lot of time understanding all the theory about focal lengths, apertures, shutter speeds, ISO, depth of field, hyper focal distances and all the rest of the technical side. Its been quite interesting but more so when put in to practice.
I’ve had a few successes which I might put up but many failure. Most of the failures were caused by forgetting to change something like the aperture and ending up over exposing. Most of these can be recovered by shooting in RAW format and using programmes like Adobe Lightroom. Just occasionally, though, the failed picture just works.
I read a magazine article on photographing animals that all you can do with cats is follow them round and hope to get a good shot. I was following our female cat, Sadie, one day and she wasn’t having any of it. One thing you must do with portraits is focus on the eyes so I set the auto focus on my 70-300mm lens and pointed. Unfortunately because I had to be quick I missed the eyes. The other setting meant that I had a very shallow depth of field and this was the result: