Subject Isolation

In photography there is a concept called subject isolation, which simply means make sure what you want people to see in your photo stand out. This is commonly done by using a narrow depth of field to cause an intentional blur of everything that is not the subject. This effect is often called bokeh, and its popularity is the reason that so many wide aperture lenses are being made to day.

I recently got the ‘thrifty 50’ 50mm 1.8 prime from Sony. With the aperture open to 1.8 this lens should have a very narrow focal plane and lots of background blurring. Throwing on a tube extender for some ‘macro’ shots narrows the depth of field even further. I went for a walk to the local rose garden, self assigned to practice some subject isolation and try out the new lens.

A Salty City

After flying into Salt Lake City late on Friday, Saturday was really our first and only day to experience the city. We started the day by heading down town to check out some of the impressive architecture at the heart of this city.

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Driving into downtown Salt Lake City

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Stopping by the local library

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Its a very impressive building

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Utah really likes its bees

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The fallen comrades

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An albatross in the Tracy Aviary

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Shooting through a fence is a challenge

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The Andean Condor removes all doubt that birds were dinosaurs

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rawr

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A Southern Ground Hornbill with its lush eyelashes

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Glamour shot of this Green Parrot

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Those feathers look very fluffy

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The Parrot’s red brother

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This little guy is about the size of a softball, adorable

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This Owl is terrified…

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of whatever this owl is planning

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This bird has a hat

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This Sun Conure is in the middle of a pedicure

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More fluffy birds

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A majestic Bald Eagle

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Is this Peacock dead?

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Nope, he was just sleeping

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Salt Lake City is also the new home of the Mormons

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That’s a large Temple

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“Its only a model”

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The Utah state Capital Building

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Abe of the golden schnoz

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Philo Farnsworth

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We stopped at a Lake on the way to Moab

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Justin always taking photos

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Jonathan always on his phone

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The valley of the wind

We continued driving until we reached our motel in Moab, by then it was already dark.  We retired to be up early to try and get a spot on the ranger guided tours of the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park.