the deep shallow

The Deep Shallow

As many of you know I live near a big lake and often venture out to collect images for desktops and really it astounds me that I have been able to go to the same place for years and continue to find things to shoot. A recent storm must have taken a number of trees out as there were a few pines laying across the edge of the lake, one of which is the tree seen above. It’s a wonderful spot to relax because you can walk out onto the end of it and sit out over the water. The first time I did this a huge fish came out and tried to nibble on my foot which was laying barefoot in the water on a warmer day. As long as the city leaves the tree there I’m sure I will continue to visit the spot. Sad news though, the small four or five car parking lot at the head of a small trail that I have been going to for over 10 years will be closed in a couple of weeks for some unknown reason leaving my long time access point to my favorite local spot a thing of the past. Such is life.

As for the photo here, I thought a classic minimal bokeh filled shot would be appropriate and I know how much they end up being enjoyed around here. To get the camera so close to the water I placed a finger on the underside of its body so I could feel when the camera body was as close as I could manage without dunking it in. I have had this lens so long I am familiar with its range enough so that I can shoot blindly fairly confidently when needed. The image as you see it is straight off the camera. I was tempted to sharpen things up a little and mess with the balance of color and contrast but fought the urge simply to share an image with zero post work in order to contrast the heavily straightened photo from the previous post and further illustrate that post is not something you have to lean too heavily on if you find the right conditions to shoot in.

It’s amazing how three or four simple choices can make or break an image. Aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and the newest addition brought with the digital age, white balance. Obviously thats simplifying it, camera and lens choice as well as film choice when applicable, has a lot to do with it as well. I firmly believe that any camera from a disposable junker, to a simple point and shot, to an $8,000 DSLR can be pushed to take interesting photos. I have proven this to myself over the past few years of experimenting with so many different old film cameras. While many may not have the range of possibility or expandability that others have it still stands that any camera has its strengths and weaknesses to be exploited.


  1. Jon - January 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Awesome shot. What did you take this with? Thanks, as ever, for sharing…

  2. john - January 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    This was shot with my Canon 5D and the only lens I currently use with it, the 35mm f/1.4L. My go to camera whenever out looking for new wallpaper images to share.

  3. Lindsay - January 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Hey John,

    I just got to say that ever since I first discovered your website, well the one before this, (I can’t even remember what it was called any more) I have read nearly every article and downloaded probably all your desktops! You have truly inspired me to pursue my passion in photography and I just recently purchased the canon 1000d an entry level DSLR.

    Keep up the good work and thanks again for inspiring me. :D

  4. Jmabeeviz - January 29, 2011 at 2:34 am

    another great wallpaper as usual. Probably going to sit on my desktop until your next, as always. Great stuff.

  5. jennifer - January 29, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Hey! Just wanted to say you’re FREAKING AWESOME! I was looking for desktop wallpapers when I happen to stumble on your site. You’re an amazing photographer and even more amazing since you share your photos with everyone. Thanks a lot!

  6. john - January 29, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Wow, thanks so much guys, I really appreciate such kind words!

  7. nmsv - January 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I just want to thank you for sharing your images with the world. I have many of them and because they are so good I can’t decide which one to use right now as wallpaper :)

    Best regards from Portugal

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