Lioness Stare – EXIF info: Canon EOS 7D mkii ; f5.6 ; 1/500 ss ; ISO 250 ; Focal Length: 400mm
Without having to use a smaller aperture, you can encompass more of the surroundings in focus with the same aperture value simply by changing the distance between yourself and your subject (or your zoom range). As aperture has a few factors that changes its effect, the distance between you and your subject is one of them. The image below of the Elephant walking through the trees was taken with the same aperture value of f5.6, but with a larger distance between myself and the subject, the natural framing of the tree tops have a completely different effect compared to that of the Lioness.
Elephant In The Forest – EXIF info: Canon EOS 450D ; f5.6 ; 1/160 ss ; ISO 200 ; Focal Length: 260mm
I could have used a smaller aperture with the above photograph to achieve more focus on the surrounding trees, however with the fact that the environment was darker between all of the trees, I had to use a larger aperture to increase my shutter speed as much as possible without raising my ISO. In hindsight I could have pushed my ISO further to around 800, used a smaller aperture and still achieved a fast enough shutter speed. The reason for not having done so was because of this being shot on an older model Canon that isn’t great at handling noise levels at what in modern DSLRs is considered still low ISO, such as ISO 800. Although with this Monochrome conversion the noise would not have been too much of an issue. This is how we shoot and learn and keep things exciting!
Till next time!