For our friends across the pond Joe Cornish is one of the UK’s top-selling and published Landscape Photographers. He generally uses a 5×4 camera with depth of field that goes on forever.
On the Sunday I went to Dungeness with David Mills my excellent friend, host and driver. The cold east wind at force 9 made life unpleasant. I shot the majority of my pictures on a 400mm or 12mm lens at f4 to give the least depth of field I could get. If I had thought about it I would have taken my 20mm f1.8.
For me photography is about a decisive communication – pictures that are sharp back to front tell the viewer what something looks like generally, limited depth of field is a definite choice by the photographer to decide what the subject of the picture is and is therefore less confusing for the viewer to ascertain the pictures subject matter.
But what about this picture – where the strongest motif (the fishing boat) is not sharp? The focus is on the Shingle a few inches in front of the lens. So what is this picture about – the boat or the shingle? or is it actually about the difficulty of launching the fishing boats from the shingle beach?