Depth of field changes the compostion. Besides deciding how much on each side and top and bottom to include in a scene, the amount of clear focus in image also impacts the photograph or painting. Here, the Yellow Coneflowers are clearly the main subject since they are the only thing in the photograph that is clearly in focus. In a way this is a portrait of these flowers. Copyright 2023 Pamela Breitberg
In the image, the color yellow of the Yellow Coneflowers make them the star subject. Yet focus includes the surrounding grasses and their wet feet in the waters. The mood of the image is much different from the first image. Which do you prefer? Neither image is better or worse but merely artistic choice in design and composition. Copyright 2023 Pamela Breitberg
This portrait of the Yellow Coneflowers is rather a comprimise between the two previous images. The flowers are clearly in focus while the background goes softly out of focus. But the mottled sunlight in the background does draw our attention to the sunlit trees as well as the flowers. The sharp focus of the flowers tells us they are still the main star. Copyright 2023 Pamela Breitberg


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