The joy of wide-aperture photography

On a lighter note than the previous post–I enjoyed wandering Paris art museums, taking close-up pics with wide-open aperture. Narrow depth-of-field isn’t always best, but it sometimes creates striking effects with a simple 50mm lens.

I switched out the first image for byomtov11…. 








Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

3 thoughts on “The joy of wide-aperture photography”

  1. Nice work, Harold. Good use of depth of field. The first image might benefit from the subject being a bit to the right (from the viewer's vantage point), but that's a nit.

  2. Is image 4 one of the 3D Daumier caricatures in the Musée d'Orsay? Unusual, little known and brilliant.

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