Canon 7D Tips – Daffodils and Selective Focus

Daffodils are the first flowers of the season.  They bloom while everything else is still sleeping off the winter.  But, how many ways can you really shoot them?

I was tempted to skip shooting the daffodils this year, but I thought I would try an experiment in Selective Focus.  By shooting at f/2.8, you can blur the background to dabs of color.  It creates a very shallow focus.  Take a look at these examples:

All photos were taken with the Canon 7D and the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 EF-S lens.

Even the difference from f/5.6 to f/2.8 produces clear results.  Next time, try shooting at various f-stops down to f/2.8 and compare the results.  With the Canon 7D, it’s easy.  Just use the AV – Aperture Priority mode and let the camera set the shutter speed accordingly.  You can also preset the ISO to be sure that the photos compare under similar circumstances.  It’s a great exercise and reminds you what is possible in the shallow end.


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