Exhibits in LACMA...
I read a great article in TOP (The Online Photogapher) website the other day: "In Defense of Depth
". The author, John Kennerdell, challenges the readers to take pictures with deeper focus that demands greater composition and timing. He ends the article with: "Just don't be surprised if some day you look back on all that shallow-focus work and find yourself wishing you'd paid more attention to the third dimension. And don't ask me whose old photos I was looking at when I first began to realize that for myself.
Nowadays, especially with beginners like me, we love the shallow depth of field (DOF) and wild bokehs because it's "new" to us. We can't see bokehs with our eyes, and the shallow DOF is something we simply couldn't achieve with our point-and-shoot camera. So, we flock to it, admire it, inspired by it, and shoot a bunch of photographs with hardly anything in focus.
Perhaps, now is the time, having been there and done that, I need to start reminding myself to give things the "proper" focus. It doesn't mean that shallow DOF is bad, but apply it not because I can, but because it's my creative vision to do so. I shall challenge myself to incorporate the background more, to use the background as part of the story I'm telling, and to create an image with many different layers.
I'll include a few shots from my recent visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and you can see the full set [HERE]