In May, we focused on using a Wide Aperture in our imagery.  We learned that a wide aperture is a great way to make your subject stand out against a background.  Our secret picker decided on his or her favorite, and the winner was... Mindy Kowieski Kerr!  

Our secret picker wrote:  "This was the perfect use of a wide aperture to remove all the background distraction and bring all of the focus to the eyes of the iguana. The tones and composition of this image were spot on!"  Congratulations Mindy!  You can view more of Mindy's work at Nature's Child Photography.  

Below please find a few more images showcasing a wide aperture.

by Michelle Wright.
Michelle Wright Photography

The wide aperture in Michelle's image made the flowers in the foreground stand out, and we feel as though we can reach into the image and pick one.  

by Kathy Davis Linford.
Linford Photography

In Kathy's image, the one water droplet is highlighted by the shallow depth of field.  It stands out as a result, while the others almost fall into a background of sparkle.  

by Christine Wright.
Greenscapes Photography

In Christine's image, the turtle's head and face are the main subject, with even its body falling into the background. We can almost see a little smile!

by Mary Becker Johnson.
Mary C. Johnson Photography

The wide aperture here created a soft, dreamy background, giving the image a painterly feel.  

Beautiful work, everyone!