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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 




3 Responses

  1. These colors really pop (one of the reasons I love shooting in overcast weather). Nice work.

    Have you ever worked with a tilt/shift lense?

  2. Thanks again for your positive feedback. I’ve played with a Canon 24mm Tilt Shift lens that a friend owned, but have never shot with one. Both Canon and Nikon make quality tilt shift lenses. Right now I’m minimizing my kit in the faint hope that I might be able to move over to the new Leica S2 system, which looks unbelievable, sometime in the future.

    All the best,


  3. Great shot- certainly better than what I could capture with my ordinary point-and-shoot digital camera when I was there recently (stumbled across your blog through a Google search as I was sorting my photos). I wish I had brought an SLR…

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