Chautauqua Park in the Spring - Images of Colorado
When entering Chautauqua Park from Baseline Road in Boulder, there are flowers that bloom in the spring. Here the Flatirons rise up in such a dramatic way. It is a dream photo site for landscape photographers. These rock formations are made of sandstone and have been formed over millions of years. The Flatirons have become a symbol of Boulder and are probably the most photographed portion of the Front Range.
Photo Tips - Depth Of Field
Often we find great compositions with flowers or interesting plants in the foreground and mountains in the background. The difficulty here is the depth-of-field. There is a tendency to just set the aperture at f/22 or whatever is the smallest aperture available for the lens. It is true that this will give you the greatest depth-of-field; however, it will usually not give you the sharpest image.
When doing landscape photography, it is best to find the sweet-spot that has the sharpest aperture for each lens. It is usually somewhere between f/8 and f/11. I recommend that you test each of your lenses to find the sweet-spot and then write them down for future reference - unless, unlike me, you have a really good memory and don't need to take notes.
Once you know the sweet-spot, use that aperture and focus one-third to one-half the distance to the background. Take a number of shots with different focal points, then review them to find the sharpest one. Take a few at f/22 as well just so that you can see the difference.
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