Category: Depth of Field

A series of photo essays by Debra Murphy.

Depth of Field — Let it Rain

As the wind and sun beat across the land, there is little we can do but let hope outweigh worry. And that’s what we hear now, as the people on the land dance around the dreaded ‘d’ word — drought — knowing it’s not yet too late. Because, beside the cracks that spread through the soil, there… Read more »

Depth of Field — Exploring a Rural, Canadian Winter

A Canadian winter can seem endless, with few hours of daylight and many hours of shoveling snow. This year, I vowed to stave off the winter blues (as needless as that now seems). Besides taking the time to exercise and eat well (especially post-Christmas), I’ve also been focusing more on finding the beauty in the season. And, when… Read more »

Depth of Field — Recognizing the Efforts of Volunteer Fire Departments

In many Canadian communities, fire departments are struggling to recruit and retain qualified staff, largely because the “staff” are actually volunteers. According to the Office of the Fire Commissioner, there are 14 000 firefighters in Alberta alone, with volunteers accounting for 80% of that workforce, in 450 volunteer-operated fire departments across the province. When responding to an incident,… Read more »

Depth of Field — Elk Velvet, Sheep Cheese and a Brew

Waking to the clatter of wind against the house, a dark sky and a still-sleeping sun never feels like a good omen. On June 5th, the early morning grey was entirely worth the effort, as I joined the Alberta Farm Writers’ Association on their annual tour. 1st Stop: Lakeland College Our first stop continued the northward… Read more »

Depth of Field — A Prairie Spring

The garden is ready for a new crop, the fields wait to warm under the sun. Calves are learning to stand on wobbly legs, chicks are growing in the warmth of the coop and the geese have arrived. With light rain starting overhead and the kettle on boil, nothing seems more fitting for Depth of Field, than… Read more »

Depth of Field — An Australian Fortnight

In photography, depth of field is a term used to describe the zone within a shot that appears acceptably sharp. It is one of the most powerful tools a photographer has to draw attention towards (or away from) a particular subject. It also happens to be the title I chose for a new series. “Depth… Read more »