depth of field

This is the headstock of my very old, but trusty Fender Stratocaster that I used to “…make them cry or sing” when I played Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing” live in a pub in Leeds (when I say Leeds I mean out in the sticks in the back of beyond!).

The guitar was “given” to me by the band’s keyboard player and singer Les who owned the local video library…so now I’m dating it! Of course, it was the audience who were tending to cry when we played this fine song…we had a “get ’em off” tray that used to circulate while we played. We always said, if we raised £400 we’d stop playing…the band played on, we weren’t that bad!


Despite being up early doors I still didn’t have a shot for today until late into the evening when I broke out the 50mm f1.4 and played with lines and a narrow depth of field.

I enjoyed the abstract nature of this picture of a floor lamp in our living room.


Having had a few days of dreadful weather, today was beautiful sunshine all day. My plan was to pop out from work at lunchtime and go down to the River Stort to take some pictures…work had other plans for me though.

So, back home I had a couple of ideas for pictures but I didn’t have the appropriate props so I fell back on one of my guitars. I suspect you will become very familiar with my guitars over the next few months – I’ll try to hold them back for emergencies, but no promises.

I really like what the depth of field does to the strings on this picture – it makes it look like they are being vigorously strummed – they weren’t!