DOF/shooting wide open in Landscape

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All at f1.8 or close.
 

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Wide open landscape can work but the foreground has to have interest in it such as a gnarly old tree or post with moss. This gives you a "story" of a small (ish) thing living in a large world.
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Some oddly rigid thinking above. Personally I find shallow DOF interesting in landscapes occasionally. Perhaps being shortsighted means I can relate to this perspective of the world. In any case, I sometimes appreciate how removing sharpness and fine detail can accentuate shape and colour.
 

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Yes if you are shooting wide open otherwise there is no point to the blurry out of focus mess you are left with. I find foreground often takes away the grandeur of scenes. I recently saw a set of images where the excessive use of foreground completely dominated the magnificent cliffs and seascapes that should have been the focus of the pictures. Just my opinion, of course, it's all in the mind of the beholder.
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Yes if you are shooting wide open otherwise there is no point to the blurry out of focus mess you are left with. I find foreground often takes away the grandeur of scenes. I recently saw a set of images where the excessive use of foreground completely dominated the magnificent cliffs and seascapes that should have been the focus of the pictures. Just my opinion, of course, it's all in the mind of the beholder.
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Agreed, we all have different preferences.
 

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Yes if you are shooting wide open otherwise there is no point to the blurry out of focus mess you are left with. I find foreground often takes away the grandeur of scenes. I recently saw a set of images where the excessive use of foreground completely dominated the magnificent cliffs and seascapes that should have been the focus of the pictures. Just my opinion, of course, it's all in the mind of the beholder.
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You can also have blured-out foreground as a frame for main subject further back. Or... Or... Or... Thousand people, million likings. ;-)
 

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You can also have blured-out foreground as a frame for main subject further back. Or... Or... Or... Thousand people, million likings. ;-)
Indeed, but we were talking specifically about the posted pictures. You are correct about opinions as I said earlier.
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Background is blurred intentionally in above cases. An idea, or a goal, and in those cases also an improvement over what was a dull sky on imperfect conditions for far landscape. The subjects are paths that lead from or into those blurred background. I'll take a few images like that whenever I go just for general mood. Most of them then come out poorly, and are never used. Sometime I like what I get.

As for general bokeh on landscape discussion, I'm quite indifferent. It's a tool. Once I'll use it, the other time I won't. Normally I'll try and look so I've a hint of blur in the immediate foreground, sharp subject, and maybe a hint of blur on background as well. All to lead eyes a little. It also depends on lenses, light and situation, but for the most time I'm really conservative. Negative about this approach is that I'll occasionally come up with photographs where I really will miss focus on a great opportunity, as one of the below will surely justify.



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Wait, so why were last images moved into new thread and the other remained in 25mm f1.8? I had no plan going offtopic with my post, I just wrote something along, as the discussion was about it.
 

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It is an area I have intentions to explore, I have dabbed with the "working title" Landscape or Nature portraits. I think it gives away my line of thought on the topic. :)
 

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