Through the grating and into the past

It takes a certain amount of maneuvering to shoot through glass or through bars, wires, grates and fencing.  You have several options which all involve depth of field.  You can shoot where the wires etc. are in focus and what is in the background is blurred or your focal point can be on what is in the background by shooting between the spaces of said bars and such (especially if there is gap enough) making that subject clearer and the foreground wires etc. almost nill.  Or with the right focal length you may be able to capture both foreground and background.  It just takes experimenting with your settings (dof, aperture, etc.) until you get the image you want.  I recommend manual focusing for this type of capture.

What I did here was use my spot metering mode and shoot as close as I could through the middle of one of the grating openings focusing on one of the pillars between the windows.


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26 Responses to Through the grating and into the past

  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Nicely done. Bolt cutters come in handy too. 🙂

  2. Different perspective. Great take!

  3. Nice effect with using the grate to your advantage – yes, it is a dilemma – just how to deal with foreground distractions.

  4. Dave Phalen says:

    Love this series!! Is this building in Columbus?

  5. I always have issues when trying shots like this.. I was at the Hershey Zoo a few months ago and I had to deal with this same issue when shooting all of the animals. I ended up having to go with the 70-200 and shoot at 200 just to try and have the fence not be a huge distraction. For the most part it worked. But yes, at times even at 200mm my lens would focus on the fence and not the animals behind it. I will definitely try your suggestion of manually focusing when I come across this issue again.

  6. That is a super cool picture…I feel like it would look amazing on a wall!-Ashley

  7. Dave Phalen says:

    Care to share its location. Might enjoy checking it out.

  8. I continue to be challenged by this type of shot but keep on trying anyway. You gotta try, right?

  9. You’ve created a nice eerie feeling here.

  10. Son of Sharecroppers says:

    I like this: Tim Allen is right about it being eerie.

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