Depth of Field
Depending upon light at the time getting a shot with low f ratios can make it hard to do. The risk of blowing out the background due to over exposure is always present. The lower the f ratio the smoother the background will look while the subject matter should go from out of focus, to in focus , then out of focus again to create that 3d look we are after.
The first shot is taken using the Fiji HS10 in “P” mode. Same settings as linked here in the favorites section. The rest are all shot in Manual mode to allow more flexibility than using a Program mode setting. This is one area where the HS10 excels if you are prepared to exercise a little patience.
Focal length was 126mm with aperture at f5.6 and 1/750th of a second exposure time.The long focal length combine with a fast aperture brings the subject into focus while blurring the background. This is one method.
Another method is to use a shorter focal length and move closer to the subject. Focal length is 46.6 mm at f 5 and 1/640th sec. Again foreground is out of focus as is the wall in the background allowing focus to fall through the mid area.
Yet another method is to use a wide angle setting, in this case 12.3mm at f4 and 1/640sec exp. This allows more detail in the foreground and background but maintains the focus just through the center area.