#beinspiredby: Blurring the Foreground, Top 5

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Depth of field and depth of story.  These are two things you can play with when you are out in the field to create great wildlife images.

This week we asked you to share images with a blurry foreground and we were not disappointed.  All the images showed great depth of field, lovely blurry foregrounds and a wonderful understanding of how to create more interesting images and stories.

It was awesome to see very diverse subjects and approaches to this week’s theme so once you have had a look at 5 of my top choices this week head back to the Wild Eye Facebook page to see more great wildlife images and stories.

As always on a Monday, in no particular order, here are five of my favourite images from last week along with a few thoughts on each.

#beinspiredby: Blurring the Foreground, Top 5

#beinspiredby:  Blurring the Foreground

Simon Beevers     |     Facebook

What makes this image jump out is the low angle on the croc.  The little bit of out of focus grass on the bottom right of the frame adds to the power of the image by making the viewer feel like they are looking at the croc through the grass, implying that you are on the same level as the croc, rather than from a slightly higher angle than is usually the case.

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#beinspiredby: Blurring the Foreground

Hannes Rossouw     |     Facebook

Classic foreground blur which not only puts the buffalo in it’s environment but also adds to the ‘suspense’ of the image by making the viewer feel they are hiding behind the bush while viewing the animal.

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#beinspiredby: Blurring the Foreground

Alistair Swartz     |     Facebook

Great depth of field and the out of focus cat int he front makes for a great story telling image.  Oh, and the lovely leading line of the road through the frame also helps!

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#beinspiredby: Blurring the Foreground

Johan Barnard     |     Facebook

The image of the Leopard on it’s own would have been pretty cool but now, with the out of focus Springbok in front, the story becomes more clear and the image has way more depth.

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#beinspiredby: Blurring the Foreground

Nick Rabjohn     |     Facebook

Lovely natural framing and shallow depth of field has made for an image that not only shows the ellies in their natural environment but also gives the viewer a great idea of what it would be like to be out in the field witnessing this scene.

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Thanks to all of you who posted image this week.  Make sure to check back on Thursday when we will announce the new #beinspiredby theme for this week on the Wild Eye Facebook page.

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt 

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