FEBRUARY THEME: Focus for Effect

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  • #11265
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    Peter Robinson
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    The theme for January is now closed.

    The theme for February 2016 is

    Focus for Effect

    Post your images as replies to this post. (Make sure you’ve read the Guidelines first.)

    I changed my mind at the last minute for this month’s theme. Inspired by Ian’s thought provoking post ‘The fetish of sharpness isn’t new’. I thought it would be interesting for members to try to create interesting images by clever use of how they focus. Please review Ian’s post for some ideas and then demonstrate your skills:- The fetish of sharpness isnt new. .

    Remember – only post photos taken this month, between 1st. February and 29th. February 2016


    If anyone wants to see Ian’s document on uploading images to a post, please follow this link:-

    Ian’s document on uploading images

    #11276
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    Ian McNab
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    #11286
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    Ian McNab
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    #11306
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    Peter Robinson
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    Like I wrote on your Flickr site, I think the first photo looks like it cold have been taken in the 1930s, except for the Fiesta. I think it creates an atmosphere of someone going about their daily chores on a dull day.
    The second photo is well spotted. I like the way the reflection of the building seems to fit in with the polish on the window. It give quite a brzzar effect.

    #11307
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    Peter Robinson
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    I took this photo while exploring the Rialto market in Venice. I think it depicts the market atmosphere

    #11309
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    Anonymous

    Nice one Peter ,focus up front ,yes. Do u know,if you ate a matchbox full of apple pips,u would die from Arsonic poisoning.

    #11310
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    ajroyle
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    My Canalside Artist was taken right by the Market.

    #11311
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    Anonymous


    Little sunshine so quick try of the new .015 fisheye. All in focus from nose to horizon.
     

    #11312
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    Anonymous

     

    #11313
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    Ian McNab
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    You could do it this way…

     

    or this way:

     

    Take your pick!

    #11314
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    Anonymous

     IAN —after extensive trials -on this Samsung –pics will only download here if camera is set on RAW/SUPERFINE. But hey presto now I know.

    #11316
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    Ian McNab
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    Ken >>> Yes, the RAW files, presumably converted by you to JPEG, will be fine. The problem with the out-of-camera Samsung JPEGs is the text that the camera puts into the ‘Caption’ field of the exif data. To use the O-O-C JPEGs, the only solution is to delete this caption data (which you can do in Lightroom, or with an exif editor, or – if you’re feeling dead brave – with the command line instruction in ExifTool, the library and application that underlies many of the graphical exif editors.

    Probably easiest to stick with RAW converted to JPEG by you (which won’t write anything to the caption field in the exif data). 😉

     

     

    #11319
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    Peter Robinson
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    It’s interesting to see what a vast depth of field Ken’s fish eye lens has. It looks sharp all the way through.

    I think Ian’s exercise in focusing on the fence and then on the church gives two totally different pictures from the exactly the same location and with the camera set the same except for the focus.

    I took a few photos on our Venice trip with this month’s theme in mind. It makes you see the world in a different way and let you experiment with different focusing techniques. These were created using motion blur as much as defocusing but I think it helps the effect. I though they all looked better in black and white. It’ll be interesting to know what members think about them.

     

    #11320
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    Ian McNab
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    Your Venice photos work really well, Peter. I particularly like the first and the last: the contrast between something still and something moving that they both contain creates a dynamic that enlivens the photographs. If you pushed me to make a choice, I’d say the last one is the best, for its graphic simplicity and atmosphere of night-time eeriness. Good work!

    #11321
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    Anonymous

    All very good as we expect from Peter–except the last image—which is PURE EXCELLENT–Well done Peter.

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