Focus in photography is like focus in life. More we concentrate, better chances getting to the target. What we normally want to obtain in photography is clarity and sharpness as well.Therefore we focus, trying to keep failure aloof – right?
However, at least in photography, we can be creative and do things differently. It is known that sometimes even mistakes can produce artistic things… This is a picture I posted many years ago in a contest called “Oops”. It is a “mistake” looking like photo: blurred, out of focus and crooked. Believe it or not, I got quite a lot of positive feed back on it 🙂
It doesn’t mean that Canada is like this all the time. It has many beautiful sunny days. It’s just that I like to take weather based moody soft focus photographs when I have the opportunity 🙂 Here is one of the Canadian flag on a cold windy day.
Another time I challenged myself into Lo-Fi photography. An example is this is “Afternoon stroll”, viewed through a reflection on a granite wall, in downtown Ottawa. * The photo is straight from the camera and not digitally altered.
Another example of moody soft focus straight from the camera, is this beautiful rocking chair with the old fashion pillow I took in Mexico. To make it a little spicy: it was in an old B&B haunted house, so I thought the image was appropriate.
Motion blur is another type of focus in photography, differently made.
I often like to do panning by moving the camera and following the subject while focusing on it. I called this image “Ladies First”
Or this shot at a Harness Race in Cape Breton, Canada
Other times I just keep the camera steady (using a tripod) and shoot the moving object at slow speed. An example is this Ghost Rider Black And White photo:
We know that too much distraction can make things confusing, and we can often miss the target. Therefore, we can focus on the subject while blurring the background or other surrounding things. An example is this Monarch Butterfly On Cherry Tree. This technique can also create a 3 Dimensional effect:
The “Selective Focus” is better represented in photos with subjects hidden behind other things. You can reveal them by blurring the foreground in manual focusing. An example are these wild ducks trying to hide behind blades of grass on a pond.
Another example is this butterfly behind some plants in a park
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