They've got pretty good DOF effects, what settings did you use? the EXIF has been stripped from the images.
These are just the default views on picasa. You can all see the EXIF there
, by clicking on a button on the right. You can also download bigger (1024/768) versions from there if you wish. I'm glad you guys liked it, but I'd like to see your works too. Do share.
very good examples ROY.I have one on the previous page .
I used manual focus besides aperture adjustments to help get that effect
I use the MF only when AF seems to have trouble. Then also I only use it to *assist* the AF to get it right on the next attempt. And I only use the *single* AF mode - not continuous, and *shoot only* IS when not on tripod. Also, I use spot metering, and AE lock on high contrast areas to avoid clipping highlights. But the most important thing to consider for shallow DOF is the focus area. Make it as small as possible. Then get close to the subject and make sure the background is very far from the subject. For DSLR lenses, lowest f number would be the ideal choise, but here we need to use more zoom to blur the background. Even in Tv mode, the f-number is usually minimal. So you don't necessarily need to use Av mode, unless there are other reasons.