“Focusing is about saying no.”
There are so many ways to interpret this week’s challenge “Focus“. As Steve Jobs viewed it, it can refer to a focus on the task at hand – eliminating distractions by having the strength to say no. Birds, like the cattle egret in my opening shot, have an amazing ability to focus on their prey as they study the environment from a nearby perch or while soaring high above.
A photographer needs rectangular eyeballs and horse blinders to frame and focus the vision of what is seen.”
Personally, I tend to think of focus more in terms of photographer Roy Stryker’s view. To me focus is more about what my camera sees and how I want to present it in my photography. The capture above uses one of my favorite methods, a vertical pan, which changes a scene into something a bit softer and more ethereal.
“The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.”
One of the simplest ways to achieve focus in photography is creative use of aperture settings. A good lens pointed at your primary center of attention at a larger aperture such as f/2.8 in the capture above, lets your viewer know exactly where you want their eyes to go.
“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.”
Yet another way to soften an image, thereby making it more abstract, is to shoot its reflection. In the image above I’ve chosen to make the largest part of the image a reflection of of trees in the lagoon they are surrounding. Likewise, in the capture below I’ve used the reflection of a building in an opposite glass wall to present it in a more abstract version.
“Everyone’s time is limited. What matters most is to focus on what matters most.”
Roy T Bennett
As Roy Bennett says, our time is limited. At the moment I am personally focused on preparing for a month of travel so I’ll leave you with this thought (which I’ve borrowed from Mark Twain 😀):
You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Here’s to using your imagination to make the most of what surrounds you.