A study in composition — there’s a lot going on in this frame!
This is probably one of the most successful (spontaneous) compositions I’ve had this year. I wish I’d shot it at f/8, so more detail could be appreciated in the background, but often the background is full of distractions therefore I routinely photograph at wider apertures to relegate the clutter into a blur (incidentally, this photograph was shot at f/4.5. which is wide-ish for a telephoto lens).
On a related note, there are few vocal individuals on camera forums these days that routinely decry shallow-depth-of-field-photography and label it a fad.
I disagree: the technique has been employed extensively from the dawn of photography and there are too many background distractions in modern-day environments to not use it.
↑Nikon D810 + Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR AF-S.