February 6, 2013
The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Focus: Technique (Shallow Depth of Field)
They say a book lover never goes to bed alone. Well that is certainly true for me. I love books and I cannot get to sleep at night unless I have spent at least a few minutes reading in bed. Lately, I’ve been downloading books to my iPad and reading them that way. While I appreciate the convenience of the new technology, there is no replacement for the weighty feel of a good novel in your hands – the texture of the paper, the way light from a lamp gives the pages a golden hue, even the crisp sound as you turn from one page to the next. I sure hope that we never completely lose the sensory experience of reading a paper book.
For this photo, I purposely set my camera to a low aperture/shallow depth of field. This way I could convey a sense of intimacy with the book, as if you were crawling between the pages and tucking in for a good story.