Jan 212018
 
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Sometimes what you need is a Simple Shift in Focus

‘As most people who look at aGathering know, when left to my own devices, I end up with my 105mm macro on my tummy looking at some miniscule piece of the world. For years, part of that obscession has been attempting superb sharpness of the very tip of something long, thin and pointed…grass, a leaf, a petal, a stamen…a fish…whatever hadn’t ever really mattered. Weird obscession!

A couple months ago, on my 60th birthday, there I was again, 105mm macro …focusing on something long, thin and pointed….except one minor problem…it was reeeeealy windy. With a fast shutter speed, I did manage it……however, with the wind, one photo came out with in focus part way down from the pointy bit.

hhhhmmmm Guess which one of the 176 I took on the day is my favorite?
Maybe all these years I’ve been placing my focus on the wrong thing!
A simple shift in focus created one of my favorite flower photos ever!
Maybe we should remember to apply this small lesson to life…

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  5 Responses to “Shift in Focus – Ann Worthy-Stephenson”

  1. good words

  2. That last comment was mine too.

  3. Yes! I love that it’s not the sharp pointy thing in focus, and am glad you’ve found a new avenue to explore. This feels so much more soft and sensuous as a result.

  4. Lovely indeed. Often the unintended action makes for great learning! I was out recently teaching a girl photography and could see swans in the distance and they took off, I thought it was just lovely. Had the settings in my head, got the long lens on and was ready just in case. In the mean time I was in play mode with other settings showing her some things when I heard flapping so I just pointed and rattled off some photos! All proud of myself until I looked at them. Disappointed initially, that I didn’t have lovely panning with them sharp and background blurred (which were the settings still in my head….). Instead all was showing movement and far better reflected what was going on. Actually a much better photo in the end. Altered focus, altered vision!

  5. A beautiful image Ann. It was great to see it as a large print in your exhibition last week

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