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Where is your Focus?

I have a small point and shoot camera. It’s a nice camera but the one I am least likely to have with me. I almost always have my iPhone with me, and when I know I am going to be taking photos, I usually choose my Canon 50D over the Canon Powershot that is in the point and shoot range of cameras. A few weeks ago, I decided to make an effort to carry around the point and shoot more which is why I had it on a visit to the lake where I took this picture:

ISO 100 19mm f/5.6 1/200sec

I visit this lake a lot. As a result, those swans are seen frequently here on my blog and also my Instagram feed:

If you are a regular reader of this blog and are wondering about these swans, yes, this is the pair that had four cygnets this Spring. Unfortunately, all of them have now gone missing.  It’s sad, as they would have been too young to make it on their own.

This particular morning, in addition to having my least used camera, I was also thinking about a way to photograph the swans a bit differently.  The file above is what I came up with and this was the final edit:

ISO 100 19mm f/5.6 1/200sec

For the photo itself, I focused on the vegetation on the shore, which softens the focus of the birds on the lake. The thought I had in framing this shot was to have the plant seem to be pointing to the birds and leading your eye into the frame. The crop was to decrease the amount of vegetation on the far bank. I’ve also decreased the highlights, sharpened the photo, and added a vignette to darken the edges.

It’s a different photo for me, I tend to like everything in focus. What do you think of this interpretation of the swans? Feel free to leave a comment below.


Added to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Soft.


22 thoughts on “Where is your Focus?

  1. What a shame about the cygnets! They look so vulnerable in your lovely shot. I’m not sure about the lack of focus, though I can see why you did it. It’s good to experiment, though, isn’t it? 🙂 🙂


  2. I like the shot Amy – very different for you indeed! You’re right – the plant does point directly to the swans (very sad about the cygnets). Personally I think I would have liked the shot at f/18 or f/22 so that both the plant and the swans would be in focus but your approach is an interesting one that gives an entirely different flavor to the scene. Since you’ve shot them many times it’s nice to try something unique. Good job!


  3. marlene frankel says:

    Sorry, not a fan. Vegetation pointing to swans hold little interest for me. Swans in center not very recognizable. Back third holds more promise. Ehh.


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