Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil

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Margaret Jones, Mae Amanda Murrell and Molly Mannes, seniors at SMU, pose as the three wise monkeys near Mineola, Texas Saturday October 1, 2016. (/MarySanfordMcClure)
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Margaret Jones, Mae Amanda Murrell and Molly Mannes, seniors at SMU, laugh on a dock near Mineola, Texas Saturday October 1, 2016. (/MarySanfordMcClure)
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Margaret Jones, Mae Amanda Murrell and Molly Mannes, seniors at SMU, laugh on a dock near Mineola, Texas Saturday October 1, 2016. (/MarySanfordMcClure)
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A leaf sits on a house’s deck near Mineola, Texas, Sunday Sunday October 2,2016. (/MarySanfordMcClure)

I’ve always wanted to perfect focusing on a subject and leaving the rest of the picture out of focus, but I’ve never been able to master it. After being assigned the depth-of-field project, I remembered how hard it is. I realized that I need a better lens. Because that wasn’t an option, I worked with what I had.

I also wanted to make the photograph interesting rather than just placing three subjects in the frame. This weekend we went to a friend’s country house near Mineola, Texas, and this became the perfect place to complete the assignment. The backdrop was amazing and definitely not something you can find in Dallas.

The lighting was perfect. The sun was peaking through the old pine trees and reflecting off the still water. I struggled to get the ISO and the shutter speed aligned, though. Sometimes the sun would go behind a cloud, and I would need to brighten up the photo. Other times, the sun would be extremely bright, and the photo would become over saturated.

The beauty of nature made this project extremely enjoyable.

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