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The Loaves of Summer: 1923

The Loaves of Summer: 1923

Summer 1923. Vicinity of Washington, D.C. "Boys carrying loaves of bread from wagons near beach." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.



Kind of painterly, reminds me of something by Bruegel the Elder. And yes, shallow focus, low depth of field, wide aperture. Shooting in high-contrast dappled shade under trees is extremely hard for correct exposure. This one's very successful.

Déjeuner sur la plage

I love the depth of focus in the picture- or is it shallow focus? The busy scene of bathers is a soft blur as backdrop, and the lighted, sharp focus of the boys are a nice visual effect. Lightly 3D to my eyes. Nicely composed scene.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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