Welcome to Park Preview!

A guide to Seattle area parks for the non-robust, lazy birders, and photographers.

Read the About page to learn about the purpose and focus of this blog.

Blog Key

Type of Park

Local = A park primarily used by people living or working in the surrounding area.
Trip = A park unique enough to warrant going a bit out of your way.
Destination = A very large park, often with a wide variety of attractions/activities. People come from all over the Seattle area to visit it.

Other Terms

Preview = A post about a specific location with full details and photos.
Tangent = A post usually related to parks, birds, or photography in some way, but not a preview.
On the Road = A post about a location outside of Seattle and its immediate suburbs.
Combo Outing = A section in some previews with suggestions of other nearby locations to visit on the same trip.

Finding Info

To find the type of park you’re looking for use the Categories section. For a list of all parks previewed so far use the Preview category. To find a park by name use the Search function. The Links section provides links to maps, city park pages, and a few blogs of interest.

All content, including all photographs, of the Park Preview Blog is copyrighted by the blog owner, except where otherwise noted. Do not use Park Preview content without permission.

Photography for Beginners Part 5: Depth of Field

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

Part 4: Aperture Priority Mode


In this post I am going to discuss depth of field (DOF).

DOF is one of the most important basic aspects of photography. It’s fairly complex because depth of field constantly varies based on three primary factors and how they interact with each other.

It takes a while for all of this to sink in and it’s very easy to forget at times, or simply misjudge. (I do both all the time.) As always, studying your own photos to see what you got right and what didn’t work will teach you as much or more than reading about photography will.

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