It’s that time of year when fall decorations are abundant, but how can you keep your pictures of something so familiar interesting? If your camera allows you to control the aperture then try opening it wide to create a shallow depth of field. This picture was taken with an f-stop of 1.8 creating a depth of field shallow enough to blur the other pumpkins immediately next to the main subject. By using a large aperture, a single pumpkin amid a pile of other pumpkins becomes the focal point. Had a small aperture been used your eye might have a more difficult time deciding where to focus. The composition of the picture frames the main pumpkin so that it sits at the intersection of left vertical and lower horizontal third of the frame–a point where your eye is naturally drawn. Combining the two techniques of shallow depth of field and composition based upon the intersection of thirds creates an interesting picture of this pumpkin.
Whenever you are photographing patterns, allow the pattern to continue off of the frame to create the illusion that the pattern is continuing indefinitely. The rows of pumpkins for sale at a local farm provided me with an excellent opportunity to present these pumpkins as a repeating pattern. Even if you don’t see this many pumpkins at one place, you can create the same effect with a smaller row of pumpkins.