Peacock at Magnolia Plantation w watermark.jpgI wanted a certain smooth background for a peacock photo, and needed to get as close a possible with the smallest DOF I could at 300mm and f 2.8, so I knew I had to get between 18 and 20 feet to have about a 1 inch sharp DOF. I needed the shade to get the tail the way I wanted and I had to be at eye level to get it so I was going hand held. Third day following the birds around and this is what turned out. I want to do it again at about 22 feet.

Source: Hypnotic Peacock Photo by Cary McDonald — National Geographic Your Shot