My Week of Photos - Focus

At the beginning of this year, I was determined to start taking pictures everyday with my DSLR. I started out following some daily photo prompts, but honestly, sometimes those daily prompts just don't inspire me.

So, I was happy to find a new Instagram account to follow called Easy Camera Lessons.  They also have a blog and a YouTube channel where they have been sharing weekly photography tutorials and tips. This past week, they shared a lesson on 'How to Start Loving Your Auto Focus'. And since I enjoyed focusing on just black and white photos last week, I decided to 'focus on focus' for my DSLR photos for the week.

 ISO 800, f/1.8, 1/100 sec with 50 mm lens

ISO 800, f/1.8, 1/100 sec with 50 mm lens

Simple objects make great subjects for photos because you can move them around to where you want them. 

 ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/320 sec with 50 mm lens

ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/320 sec with 50 mm lens

Some outdoor light in the backyard and a few apples were fun to play with. I moved the focal point over to the left on the one apple in the front, then placed the other apples toward the back of the bench.

 ISO 1600, f/2.2, 1/60 sec with 50mm lens

ISO 1600, f/2.2, 1/60 sec with 50mm lens

Chess pieces always make great subjects for photos. I made sure the board was getting some good window light and moved the focal point in the camera over to the right this time so the castle was the one piece that was in focus.

 ISO 100, f/2.0, 1/200 sec with 50mm lens

ISO 100, f/2.0, 1/200 sec with 50mm lens

The whole valley is filled with blooming trees right now, so I took a bit of time on Sunday afternoon and found an orchard to photograph some of the blooms.

 ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/50 sec with 50mm lens

ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/50 sec with 50mm lens

I love the look of the pink blossoms against all the green. By moving the focal point over to the right, the blooms are in focus with most of the background out of focus. This is also achieved by the wide open aperture.

 ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/200 sec with 50mm lens

ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/200 sec with 50mm lens

Not the most exciting subject, but I loved all the blurred out colors in the background. And by focusing on the window frame, you can see a lot of details in the chipped paint and the rusty window hardware.

This wraps up my week of photos focusing on focus (try to say that three times fast!)

Were you able to pick up your DSLR this week? What types of things do you like to photograph?