Week 5 – Who needs Focus – submitted shot.

Again, I found it difficult this week, there are again so many interpretations but I didn’t really want to go for the ‘safe’ approach. The first thing that sprang to mind was to try and get a photo of a sportsman, or student concentrating on the task in hand, focussed if you like. But the usual lack of models and having no time to actually get out and find something to shoot due to work commitments kind of scuppered that. Think it would have been an interesting take, and no-one in the group so far has hit it from that angle. So, leaving that interpretation aside and concentrating on the literal ‘focus’ I went for something a bit more obvious (though in the back of my head, a portrait of an old person reading would have worked much better).

This was a lot more difficult than it looks and whilst I’m quite happy with it, it never really quite came out how I wanted it to.
Ideally, the glasses would have been sharper as well as the text in focus because of the glasses – Could probably have achieved this post production by taking one with both text and glasses in focus and then adding a ‘fake’ blur, but wanted to try and do it in camera.
Think the problem was that my arms just aren’t long enough for the 50mm, Might try later with the 17-50 instead to see if it works better.

Week 5 - I need focus !!

One of the safety shots (the “just so I have something to submit shot”) was this one

SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY

Wry Smile……

OK,
As portraits go it’s not going to win any awards – The close crop is maybe a bit too close, or not close enough It’s somewhere in between. The lighting, whilst natural could have been better (a reflector would have helped) but for what was essentially a ‘grab’ shot as I went to make myself a coffee was impressed with a) the speed of focus and b) the bokeh (what little there is) @ 70mm.

Mini Me

Face like a bag of punched clay…..

Underlining the theory and well known saying “You can’t polish a turd” is this one off and mostly unremarkable shot. It was by no means a keeper to start with and is probably less aesthetic now than it was before I took the sledgehammer to nut approach with the processing. The only reason it’s made it this far is because I haven’t updated this for a couple of weeks and this is all I have to show for the break. Taken in my ‘office’, this was part of a set, messing around and experimenting with different apertures and shutter speeds. Lit only by the screen of the Mac, this was originally a reasonably well exposed but otherwise slightly out of focus, bland ‘snap’ of my wrinkly, pockmarked and saggy face. Let it now serve as a warning to avid experimenters…(though in my defense I looked considerably better before I started messing about).

Face like a bag of punched clay.....