Walking in the Park


Hawaii PhotoWalk!

This one will be fun – for all the details, see the post from Tom Anderson on G+.

How to Remove Soundcloud App from FB?

A few weeks ago my friend Peter Gorges sent me a FB link to listen to some music, and I accidentally ended up installing the Soundcloud app into my FB stream.  Now, even though I keep deleting the updates, it keeps re-appearing.  I can’t figure out how to remove the dang app!  Any ideas?  (so annoying…!)

Daily Photo – Walking in the Park

Instead of describing this photo, I’ll talk about a little trick.  See how the background is all blurry and quite flat (not complex)?  This happens when you use a very low number for your F-Stop.  In this case, it was 1.4 on the 50mm 1.4 lens – although this would have also worked with the less inexpensive 1.8 lens.  Anyway, if the person (or object) you are shooting is a lot closer to you than the distant background, the entire area back there will be very washed-out and flat.  Behind her, there was actually a lot of complexity.  There was a park with trees and sky and lights and everything, but it all gets washed away with this technique.


  • for you FB app thing,
    Click this link, go to the APPS tab and remove the applications you don’t want :http://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=applications

    I hope that helps,


  • haha It’s been a while since I’ve heard anyone explain about controlling depth of field by using f stop and shutter speeds. Thanks Trey,  I find your work extremely well done and very captivating. Aloha and Mahalo!

  • She is so beautiful!! Have fun in Hawaii!

  • Casper van Zyl

    Nice B/W photo, enjoy Hawaii.

  • Anonymous

    Good morning Trey,
    Didn’t you mean to say “LESS expensive 1.8 lens”? 
    Hope to see you at the Austin Photowalk.


  • Cheers,  

    I’m away curious about the technical side of your pictures.  Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous

     “More inexpensive” is just a fancier way of saying “less expensive”.  🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    Hehe oops!  I fixed it! 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks – I will try this! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the tip on f-stop. I have been weighing options between three of Canon’s lenses. I really want the 50mm Macro, but it is only f 2.8. Will I get a similar result with this lens? It’s far more expensive than the f 1.8 I am also considering (I am not considering anything from the L series. I just can’t afford any of them).

  • oops

  • The 1.8 has a bit less sturdy construction, but is still a pretty handy little lens, takes good pictures, and will definitely still give you this effect.  I got it for my parents and used it a bit before giving it to them out of curiousity.  I was impressed for an $80 lens.  However, for $200 more (on ebay)….you can get the 1.4.  I use the 1.4 myself and can tell you it is a good bit more solid construction and a very sharp lens.  I love mine. 

    If you are just wanting to experiment with it, and don’t plan for it to be one of your main lenses….the 1.8 will likely suit you just fine.

    The 1.2 would be nice, but like, I’m not going to spend what it takes to get that one…

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