More Pictures For Dreaming

Harlow Carr roses in front of Harlow Carr Library
Harlow Carr Library

HeyJude’s challenge for June has been depth of field and so far I’ve been missing in action… or perhaps that should be missing in inaction. Notable only by my absence. That kind of thing. I’m not going to make excuses.

In my first scene, Harlow Carr Library has lovely rooflines against a clear blue sky. Lots of pink Rosa ‘Harlow Carr’ are proudly displayed on one side of a path leading to the building with purple accents provided by nepeta, lavender and salvia.

For the challenge we must share pictures with a greater depth of field – in focus over a larger distance. The Library is in focus. The rest is an acceptable compromise towards being in focus: we get the gist.

Sweet peas growing up canes at an allotment
Sweet peas at an allotment

For focus is a compromise, or at least it is the way I deal with it, given my ability, my equipment, the effects of any breeze and my reluctance to carry a tripod. Hang on – that looks suspiciously like four excuses! Ignore any excuses.

I actually think the sweet pea picture is a very decent effort. The only thing I could wish for is a blue sky. For those who are unsure what an allotment is, it’s an area of land set away (often by the council) where people without good sized private gardens can grow things in allotted parcels of land. Competition is often high for spaces which means lengthy waiting lists – it must be a red-letter day when confirmation arrives.

Farmland and moorland between Tockholes and Darwen Hill

Finally, a local view from Darwen Hill looking roughly towards Tockholes.

Is it in focus? The jury is out, but the attempt has been made. Technically the aperture on my iPhone does not alter, so the only way to control depth of field is to choose a point of focus that is farther away.

Was that another excuse? You know if it was, you are duty bound to ignore it.

Part of my Pictures For Dreaming series, prompted by HeyJude’s 2020 Photo Challenge: Depth of Field.

26 Replies to “More Pictures For Dreaming”

    1. I think you’d like to browse in it too. The main library collection is in London, but each of the gardens has a reading room where books can be sent.

  1. Ha ha about excuses, I don’t think you need any, the sweet peas with the houses in the background look so lovely.

    1. It’s an idyllic scene for me too. I love wandering around allotments, assuming they are open to the public, which they often are.

      1. Which is why I do not try. (I intend to grow them again, but do not expect more than a few flowers from their very brief season. The climate is just to arid.)

  2. Love your attitude, Susan. I might have to consider sweet peas in my garden. Just have to figure out where. This free-standing trellis may be an idea.

  3. I think it’s impossible to comment too much on focus/sharpness on small photos on a web site. Who knows what downsizing and compression has done to a photo by the site. I like the photo. It is well composed, has good colors and,despite the tricky bright sky and dark foreground, the exposure was nailed.

  4. If “depth of field” means inviting the observer to take a deep breath, then you certainly did nail it. I spent a while in that third image, just sitting there staring out into the disappearances. Wonderful. I also loved what seems to be a curving road of houses leading from sweet peas to somewhere unknown.

    All excuses are quite welcome here.

    1. I did wonder whether to point out that the last was a very deep field. I decided against that feeble quip, unusually for me.

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