2013 CM Blog Circle: June ~ Shallow DOF

I’m participating in a blog circle with other Clickin Moms for 2013. June’s challenge is called “Shallow Depth-of-Field” which means shooting wide open, with as large of an aperture your lens will allow. I decided to shoot with my Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Series and shoot at 1.4. I have a number of photos that appear in my [P365] in 52 posts, but decided to make this post more personal.

I wanted to have a series of photos of all of my scars. I have had an unusually large amount of surgeries and procedures for being 43 years old. Because I have Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder, all of my connective tissue continues to deteriorate. It also affects my skin in that I have little elasticity and scar easily. But I wasn’t able to pull off the vision I had… something evocative and beautiful, but I will keep trying.

I’ve had three knee surgeries since 2010 and this first image is a close-up of my right knee. I had a patello-femoral knee replacement with a lateral release in 2011. It was brutal. It took me quite a while to recover and I had recurrent effusions (swelling) in the knee which required aspiration monthly, up to 60cc of fluid being drained each month. So I had another surgery in 2012 to remove the synovial lining in that knee and now it has fully recovered. I am walking 2 miles 3-4 times a week and I’m feeling better than ever.

Holly Anissa Photography right knee replacement

I debated on whether or not to share this second image because technically it is a fail. It’s a no-no to have only one eye in focus, but this is what happens when you shoot wide open at f/1.4 and are fairly close to your subject. So this is a good lesson on what not to do!

Holly Anissa Photography self-portrait

Thanks for looking! Now go see how Jenny interpreted Shallow DOF.

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  • Lisa - Actually- I think you pulled these off wonderfully Holly and I LOVE the 2nd one especially. I was totally pulled in by your emotion and you look beautiful! I also am a total rule breaker when it comes to one eye in focus 😉 Beautiful work. I am happy to hear you are walking often and feeling good too!ReplyCancel

  • Cary - Oh my goodness Holly! I’ m so glad you’ve been able to heal and walk, what an incredibly strong lady you are! These images definitely capture that strength 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dawne - I love both of these! Important to capture the struggles/scars… and your perspective in that images is really unique. I don’t mind the 2nd eye OOF at all… I’m just taken in by how beautiful you are!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Heffernan - Yes, I agree! The one eye in focus works for me here, too. I am glad you are documenting your scars. I wonder if I’d ever be brave enough to do the same! And your healing and determination are inspirational.ReplyCancel

  • Judy - Holly…..love the post. You are beautiful, scars and all 🙂 Your work is lovely as usual!ReplyCancel

  • debbie - Great images and I love that you are documenting this! I think it’s easy to just focus on capturing the happy moments in life….but I think the ‘not so pleasant’ moments are equally as important to capture! Sorry you’ve had to endure so many surgeries, and hopefully you won’t need any more in the future!! <3ReplyCancel

  • Michelle B - I like the focus on capturing scars – so often I think about mine as something to “hide” instead of something that defines me. Nice job! I also like the second one, too. Cool profile shot.ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary - Great shots even if not technically perfect. Sometimes emotion has to come first:)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - I’m so glad that you are feeling better and on your feet. I think it is great you are documenting this journey. I really like the second shot – the emotion really comes through.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Lane - Holly you are such an inspiration. Technically perfect or not, who cares, these are great images xxReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Wonderful job Holly- and so much meaning behind your images! That sounds like such difficult surgeries that you went through and I am so glad that you are feeling great now!!ReplyCancel

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