I admit that I’m a sucker for making photographs with an isolated subject, and shallow depth of field that accentuates the sharp focus of the object even more, and many, probably most, of my photographs fit this profile.
However, I only like sharpness up to a point.
When it starts too look too clinical, too scientific, too digital, the appeal wanes.
Furthermore, as often as not it’s actually the out of focus areas of an image that I find more interesting.
We’ve all made plenty of shots I’m sure that haven’t been in focus, despite our best efforts to nail the sharpness.
Too slow a shutter speed, too much movement in the subject, our manual focus not quite hitting the mark, or the camera’s Auto Focus fumbling and missing.
There are plenty of reasons.
Sometimes, a happy accident results, and we have a lovely hazy image that proves more intriguing that what we’re going for.
And sometimes, we deliberately go for an out of focus image of varying degrees from the outset.
One of my favourite tricks is to find what I think will make an interesting soft background, then focus the camera on my hand, perhaps 30cm away, then move my hand and make the shot.
This post features some of my soft focus efforts, where I feel the out of focus areas are the most appealing part of the photograph.
Focus is overrated anyway.
Sometimes the beauty is in the indistinct, the mysterious, the immeasurable.
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