It’s All About Perspective: Using Depth of Field

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This was taken this past summer when I was visiting Yosemite National Park.  This is a picture of the iconic Yosemite Falls.  We often see pictures trying to highlight the massive size of the waterfall.  Sometimes size is all about perspective.  Sometimes a closeup with other things in front create the same feeling of size.  The attempt was to highlight the size of this massive waterfall, but to give a perspective that is often not seen.  This was taken with a 300 mm lens and using depth of field to highlight the falls.  Although the whole waterfall does not appear in the picture the trees in front and the fact that the waterfall disappears out of the picture at the top and behind a hill in the front give the idea that there is something massive.  It is all about perspective and sometimes getting away from the norm.

 

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Shiloh National Cemetery

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Shiloh National Cemetery sits within the battlefield of Shiloh National Military Park in southern Tennessee.  It lies along the Tennessee River at Pittsburg Landing which was the crossing point for the Union Army during the battle.  It is a quiet and scenic memorial that was once a spot filled with rage.  The cemetery stands as a reminder of not only what happened there on April 6 and 7 of 1862, but also what happened along the Tennessee River.  The cemetery was established to bury Union dead, but now is a resting place of several soldiers from many American conflicts.  The picture above is looking out of the cemetery toward the battlefield.  Two flags fly above the cemetery, the POW flag and the flag of the United States as memorial to all the fallen.