Selective Focus

 

Leica R8 camera and Leica Summicron 90mm f2 R series lens with Fuji Velvia 100F film Leica R8 camera and Leica Summicron 90mm f2 R series lens with Fuji Velvia 100F film


This image was made while on a drive through the Great Otway National Park near Apollo Bay in Victoria, Australia. The day was overcast which provided the scene with a soft, gentle light and ensured that most areas where relatively evenly lit. As a consequence colors remained relatively rich and shadows open.



The problem was that the scene contained quite a lot of similarly detailed information. This could be distracting and cause the viewer to lose themself within the image. The solution was to employ Selective Focus allowing me to isolate the main focal point from what would otherwise be competing elements. This is achieved by critically focusing on the most important subject and utilising a Shallow Depth of Field (DOF) to isolate it from its surroundings. While the viewer may wander around the frame they will always return to the sharpest part of the image. By guiding the viewer's attention back to the subject a greater sense of connection and, as a result, understanding will be achieved.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography 

 

 

Glenn Guy