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To Focus or Not to Focus: WPC

“Focusing is about saying no.”

Steve Jobs

LASER FOCUSED
LASER FOCUSED

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.

ASPEN PATH
ASPEN PATH

A photographer needs rectangular eyeballs and horse blinders to frame and focus the vision of what is seen.”

Roy Stryker

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.

DAISY, DAISY
DAISY, DAISY

“The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.”

Robert Greene

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.

MIRROR IMAGE
MIRROR IMAGE

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.”

Colin Powell

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.

BLUE SKIES
BLUE SKIES

“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.

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71 thoughts on “To Focus or Not to Focus: WPC Leave a comment

  1. Can’t wait to see where you are going Tina. I am sure you will bring back lots of good images and even better experiences. Focus, focus. If you are like me, I have to plan everything out when traveling. Just don’t forget to leave out a day or two for something totally unplanned. Something unexpected may turn out to be the best part of the trip.

  2. Congratulations on being presented on WP with this post today, Tina!
    Great photos! Great Story! Great Lady 👍🏻
    Smiles from Norway,
    Dina x

      • Yesterday I was looking for a fellow blogger that hadn’t appeared in my reader for ages so I clicked on “search” on the left hand side in my reader. Immediately many various blogpost appear and your “Focus on Focus” was amongst the first 6 to be introduced. I had a look now; apparently it changes very quickly, at random? But it was so nice to see you there, I felt so proud, hey, that’s MY blogging friend! 🙂 all the WP changes sometimes makes me a bit dizzy. Hope you had a lovely time away.
        Wishing you a great new week, Dina x

  3. Great collection and a great interpretation of the challenge. I would comment, though, that the blinders photographers use to focus on their subject might just limit their options. Also, take some time to turn around and focus on what’s behind as well as what’s ahead. The view looking back may just revise one’s focus.

      • Nothing to catch Tina. It is the perfect photo for the challenge; another chance for others who may have missed it to see it. I’m a great believer in re-purposing. Happy to hear the painting has a home above your desk. You’ve made my day 🙂

  4. I haven’t tried the vertical pan, but it’s a great idea. Thanks! A wonderful post, as always, Tina! Have a great month of travel! Hope you’re going to an inspiring place!

  5. Like the effect of the vertical pan shot and the building reflection is a nice catch as well. Enjoy your travels Tina, look forward to more great shots 🙂

  6. Beautiful shots and words as usual, Tina. I like how you focused on making us see the abstract more closely. The first shot is so beautiful. The bird looks fierce but it has such a soft stature and ambience around it. He must be eyeing some food 😀 Safe and happy travels, Tina. Pack that camera and take as many photos as possible 🙂

  7. I remember learning the vertical shots at the Sanctuary, but i can’t remember….. did we put it on a slower shutter speed?
    Have a wonderful, safe month of travel – hope you’re going somewhere cooler!

  8. Beautiful post, Tina 🙂

    As you rightly mentioned, the ‘theme’ could be interpreted in totally different ways …

    Thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Not so focused’ images here more than the ‘focused’ ones, the quotes, and your notes 🙂

    It’s a well compiled post and great to be back in blogoshere after a long hiatus 🙂

    Thanks a lot for sharing and have a beautiful day 🙂

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