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WordPress Photo Challenge: Unfocused

There’s a little something in photography called Depth of Field.  It refers to how much of a space there is between the nearest and farthest objects in a photograph that is sharply focused.  A photographer may choose to have a large depth of field in order to keep everything in focus, or choose a small depth of field in order to allow a great deal of the photo to be out of focus.  How you manipulate your aperture will determine how much of your photo is in focus, and, therefore, how large or small your depth of field is.

One strange this for me, however, is how a small aperture – say, f8 or above – may feel unfocused even though more of the photo is in sharp focus.  Take the photo above, for instance.  It was shot at f8.  It is mostly sharp.  It does, however, challenge me to decide on what subject to focus my attention.  Should I pay attention to the bright and perplexing graffiti on the wall?  Or maybe the strange artwork, wherein some…thing…seems to be trying to pry its way out of the wall?  Or perhaps I should pay attention to the broken toilet and discarded shopping cart.  By shooting it all in focus, I’ve created too many subjects and, therefore, created an unfocused, but sharp, photo.

What do you think?


7 responses

  1. hodgepodge4thesoul

    Love your interpretation…

    May 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm

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  3. Absolutely love this! Did you take more shots, focusing on the other subjects?

    May 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    • Not really. I went around the entire area, shooting other things, but nothing that I’ve had time to process.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm

  4. Terrific capture. Interesting narrative.


    May 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm

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