View of the Drew | Andrew Halpern Photography

Photographing Oxford

Photographing Oxford

iso 200 , 50mm, f/2.2, 1/1000 sec

This shot is interesting because of it’s extreme shallow depth of field (focus).  By keeping the aperture very wide at f/2.2, I was able to keep my friend Cristian sharp, while blurring out Radcliffe Camera (the round building) in the background.  Unfortunately, many inexpensive lenses do not allow you to get very wide apertures, but the lens I was using is a real cheap one, the Canon 50mm f1.8 II which retails for only $100.  I highly recommend this lens even if it’s very chintzy looking.

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