Depth of field, blur and sharpness
My camera is usually on aperture priority and i tend to favor the largest possible lens opening (with my Olympus tele zoom this is somewhere between 4:0 and 6:3). I move in very close to my subject so i can separate it from the background and achieve maximum depth of field. This results in a very crisp and sharp focused subject against an extremely blurry background. Like in this close up of a reed plume, bending in the wind
Today i decided to divert from this path and move back a bit, thereby allowing more plumes to show in the foreground and more detail to show in the background. As a result the foreground turned out less crisp, more blurry and unsharp. A while ago i would have discarded this image, but now i think it has a lot more depth and context than the first one, specifically because of the subtle unsharpness of the plumes and their repetition in blurry rows in the background. This gives the image a sense of movement, and makes it more expressive/dynamic.
this image is linked to the Creative Exchange