Creative depth of Field

Creative depth of Field

Moments That Matter: lesson 5: topic 3: break the rules of exposure

Keeping a ‘glass half full’ frame of mind… One of the ‘exciting’ parts of drought-feeding cattle cotton seed (basically buying in trailer loads of cotton seed, putting tractor bucket loads of it onto the back of the ute or truck and then driving out to the paddock and shovelling it out into tubs for the cattle to eat. Great exercise – builds good core strength and you are in a permanent semi squat position as you shovel, not to mention arms. I should be trying to sell it as a boot camp activity!) is the cotton plants that grow around the edges of the cotton seed pile. The girls love picking ‘pompoms’ as the cotton plants open up, so this picture is Lou showing off some of her harvesting. I didn’t like any of my attempts at the other exercises but will keep playing 🙂


Mum to 2 little girls. Live & work on a cattle station in Queensland. Have only been 'on the land' for the past 5 years - before that I was a Marketing Manger for a regional airline, then I met a grazier, fell in love, and moved away from it all :)

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  1. Hi Sarah, glad there are some positives to drought. It sounds tough but I love your glass half full attitude 🙂
    This photo turned out nicely. I’m a fan of this type of image as it often tells the story even better than a traditional shot. The story is about the cotton and that comes through. It looks like an overcast day with soft light but it would have been lovely to get a little bit of light into Lou’s face. If you’d angled her towards the sun you would have possibly lit her face just a little which would have been nice. Other than that small suggestion, it’s a great example of creative depth of field and the bright pink adds a contrast to the cotton which makes it even more striking.

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