Sunday, September 9, 2012

Shifting Focus

Sometimes it's nice to switch from autofocus to manual and just crank the focus ring around; focus on the raindrops rather than what's outside the window or allow colour and texture to dominate the image rather than any actual subject.  In this digital day and age we all get bombarded with pin-sharp, high-resolution images on a daily or hourly basis that are better than those that our mind's eye recreate from memory.  Memories are more often than not a little bit blurred, fuzzed at the edges or piece-meal.  At least mine are - that's why I carry a camera.  Shooting off-focus every now and then makes a photo more than a snap shot of a memory and takes it into the realm of personal interpretation.  Do you see the colours, the textures; do you recognise them as damp surfers walking back up the beach through the drizzle?  You get to decide and enjoy it for what you see in it, and that's the beauty of it.

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