The weekly photo challenge this week was to compose an image using Rule of Thirds. The classic Rule of Thirds Composition says that you divide an image into three, both horizontally and vertically, and place the subject or point of interest on these lines and their intersections. For example not placing the horizon slap bang in the middle, but lower or high to allow the sky or the foreground to naturally flow. The rule also creates balanced and unified images. As compositions go the rule of thirds is easy to achieve and greatly improves any image.
I thought these copters would look great, I got out my macro lens and started framing the shot. The Challenge post said, to get some Bokeh just stop the lens down, this is true but as you stop down you reduce the depth of field and and move the lens away from its sharpest aperture. With a Macro lens the depth of field is already shallow and stopping down to 2.8 would leave a sliver of the copters in focus. Instead I kept my lens at f/8 ( even then the closest edge of the copter drops out of focus ). Knowing that my close distance to my subject and the far distance of background elements would create a soft blurred (bokeh) background. It is not the bokeh caused by spectacle highlights. just a softer bokeh that adds depth and helps frame the image.
In Lightroom I used a cool tone preset and applied selective sharpening and warming to the copters.
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