Ric is a well-know Melbourne photographer and has been coming to Flinders since early 2014. He brings a group nearly every month to learn landscape photography. They also enjoy touring the island as they photograph.
Last chance this year to visit Flinders Island!
And "Hyperfocal Distance" - a bedtime story.
We still have places left on our last Flinders Island trip of the year. Life is far too short to miss this amazing place. We stay in beautiful accommodation, Mountain Seas, situated right at the foot of Mount Strzelecki, a granite mountain that rises 2,500 feet straight out of the sea. With gorgeous meals provided by award winning chef, Anne-Marie Wilkins, your stomach will be just as satisfied as your eyes! If you love wildlife, you won't believe that in one weekend you could become so blasé about having wallabies, wombats, possums and echidna running around just meters away. Not to mention the amazing photo opportunities. So if you've been thinking about it, now's your chance. Have a look at the website.
For pictures see: http://www.photoescapades.com.au/flindersislandim.html and for information: http://www.photoescapades.com.au/flindersislandde.html
If you have any questions about this trip please email me - Ric, at this address, or phone me on 0418 365 566.
On a recent trip we were discussing hyperfocal distance. I gave a brief description of my understanding of it from a practical point of view, having applied it throughout my career. However, I thought I would elaborate here as it's a pretty important thing. It enables you to focus at the correct distance to get sharp focus on the things you want sharp in front of and beyond that point, for example, the foreground and the distant mountains or just the foreground and the rocks in the middle distance, whichever you want.
There are two slightly different definitions:
1. The hyperfocal distance is the closest distance at which a lens can be focused while keeping objects at infinity acceptably sharp. When the lens is focused at this distance, all objects at distances from half of the hyperfocal distance out to infinity will be acceptably sharp.
2. The hyperfocal distance is the distance beyond which all objects are acceptably sharp, for a lens focused at infinity.
In a practical sense, the first one is the best and the one I think you should remember because we rarely focus on infinity, even when shooting landscapes, unless we're using very wide angle lenses where depth of field isn't critical because they just give you heaps of it. What it means is that if you focus on the hyperfocal distance you will get the best depth of field at a given aperture, this allows you to select an aperture and a focus point which will give you focus through your subject field, eg. the grass in the foreground through to the rocks in the middle ground.
There are a couple of ways to work it out. Most camera lenses have a scale on which you can calculate it, they vary a bit between manufacturers so it's worth consulting your manual - it's all the little markings near the focusing ring.
Another way is to get an app on your phone - for iPhones and for Android or do a search and find one you like. They're pretty easy to use and you can read it in low light. Failing either of these, the rule of thumb is to focus one third of the way into the area you want in focus and use as small an aperture as possible.... it works surprisingly well.
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