Focussing right!

Another wonderful post by Raj@Xdrive inspired me to dig into my photo archives and share my thoughts/images with my fellow bloggers.  Lesson no. 9 on Learn Photogrpahy  is all about focus .   Raj says “…our focus point is of greater importance as for as the final output is concerned.”  OMG, this is what I learned in early days of photograpy. I was quite happy with this little finding 2 years ago.  Presenting two images from the past:

Next is to show how things change when we crop a picture. The first picture looks OK but after cropping I ralized that it was not properly focussed. The image details are  f/5.6, 1/125sek. and ISO 100

Below are some shots to illustrate “focus” with photo details.

1/125 sec., f/5.6 55mm, ISO 220
1/160 sec. f/6.3, 55mm, ISO 100
1/40 sec. f/4.2, 31mm, ISO 400
1/15 sec., f/5.6, 55mm, ISO 400

Hope you all enjoy this post. Now it’s time to listen to Raj!

19 thoughts on “Focussing right!

  1. Thanks Rupali, for the contribution to the chapter “focus”. Nice to see you are catching up on all the previous backlogs! 

    Pic 1: the beautiful capture of the frozen plant branches. Yes, there is a sharp focus and clearly separating the background. Nice bokeh in the background too. However, there is an immediate distraction behind your main subject another branch. You could have avoided it by shooting from high or lower position.

    Pic 2: Great landscape shot with the colours of fall. I see a great reflection too. But there is some foreground distraction because of some leaf in the immediate foreground, you could have framed the shot such a way that same amount of things in water reflection could have been there on the top too. Currently, the scenery is cropped on the top.

    Pic 3(4): Yes I see the unsharpness, probably because of the shallow DOF offered by f5.6 and the focusing distance?

    Pic 5: Lovely flower with the bokeh in the background. A portrait mode would look better here? Also, close focus and f5.6 produces many unsharp areas on the flower.

    Pic 6: This is very sharply focused shot. Light skidding on the surface of the leaf there creates great texture view. Here you should have taken some closeup shots that would really highlight the textures and the details.

    Pic 7: Cake is focused but not the coffee/teacup. The cup is in the foreground this is not an ideal setup. I feel you should frame it that way to avoid the cup altogether. Also, this picture is
    underexposed and there is a tilt to the image.

    Pic 8: shutter speed of 1/15 sec is very risky for these kinds of shots. The moment you see any fly make sure your shutter speed is more than 1/300 sec. This problem gets compounded if you are using the zoomed focal length. The aperture of 5.6 also adds very shallow DOF.

    This critique is part of XDrive’s photography Learning sessions. Thank you for your participation.

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    1. «Replying on topic: Focus»
      Pic 1. I will keep this point in mind while shooting in winter.
      Pic 2. The first two pictures were taken from the same place just that i changed the focus. This changing of focus gave me sense of learing something 
      Pic 5. I have never tried portrait mode. Do you suggest it for photographing flowers? Next Spring shall try more on different apertures. I need to work more on mnual settings.
      Pic 7. I did not crop the photo just to show my focus on cake. I need to work on under/overexposer.
      Pic 8. I will note this down and try with moving birds shot this winter.

      Thank you for your comments Raj. I really appreciate it.


      1. pic 2: OMG, I must be blind.. I did not see that at all.. 😀
        pic 5: Sorry I was talking about portrait format, the camera in vertical position.

        Thank you for being here!

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