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Lead the Way

One of the stops I made on the way home from Golden, BC this past weekend was at Wapta Falls. From the parking area, it’s about a 3km hike to get to the very impressive falls, and on the way back to my car I decided to slap on the 50mm, set it to f/1.4 and see what I could come up with. I had a great time experimenting with how to make the shallow depth of field work in that environment, and I came away with a few shots that I’m happy with. It can be very rewarding to limit yourself to a single lens or focal length while on a shoot. It forces you to think a bit differently and get out of your comfort zone.

Chris Nitz - June 8, 2011 - 7:21 am

Love your choice of focal point and low perspective. Great work my fried!

Jesse Pafundi - June 8, 2011 - 7:26 am

One of my favorite exercises. Dig the simplicity of this shot and how you really emphasize depth and tones.

Mike Olbinski - June 8, 2011 - 7:48 am

This is great Heath, a fantastic low angle shot, love the path disappearing.

Chris Lane - June 8, 2011 - 7:49 am

Lovely shot. Looks like a great hiking trail with a nice reward (falls) at the end.
I like to limit myself to a single lens a lot too. It can really help with visualization.

Barbara Youngleson - June 8, 2011 - 7:55 am

This DOF teases you with an unknown trail; makes you want to keep walking. Looks like you stopped and looked back! Great beginning to a story. . .

Scott Ackerman - June 8, 2011 - 8:26 am

Looks like a good path for my Rockhopper. Nice shot man.

Jan Winther - June 8, 2011 - 8:28 am

Very cool shot – almost miniaturistic.. is that a word? I like the POV a lot. Btw, how are the black flies in BC?

Chris Frailey - June 8, 2011 - 8:38 am

Nice bokeh.

Jim Denham - June 8, 2011 - 8:49 am

Great work on the dof and perspective Heath! Well done!

Curt Fleenor - June 8, 2011 - 9:03 am

Great shot Heath – love the DOF!

Helene Kobelnyk - June 8, 2011 - 9:23 am

I love this shot. Such a great idea to use one lens on a little trek instead dragging all your gear. Using just the one lens makes you really “work” for the photo. Besides, this is such a great lens! You used the shooting angle and limited depth of field very effectively.

Bob Lussier - June 8, 2011 - 9:31 am

I love this. Nice job taking a common scene and making it unique.

Dave DiCello - June 8, 2011 - 9:39 am

Love this kind of shot man, awesome DoF, your POV is perfect

Tom Baker - June 8, 2011 - 12:01 pm

Sweet photo Heath.

Hans - June 8, 2011 - 12:26 pm

I did that the other day going to a wedding. I wasn’t the photographer for the wedding, but did want to capture a few shots so I put on the 50mm prime. It took me a bit to get used to not having a zoom, but finally got my muse. I love the DOF work you can do with a wide open prime! Excellent shot, Heath!

Chrisdmrf - June 8, 2011 - 6:10 pm

great perspective and DoF

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - June 8, 2011 - 6:33 pm

Great comp and depth