Focal Point – Sharp vs Blurred edges

One of the areas of concentration for 2015 is focal points and how to clarify the focal points through the use of edges, value contrast and color intensity.

Photo of Indian Paintbrush, Sea Ranch, California 2014
Photo of Indian Paintbrush, Sea Ranch, California 2014

The above image was photographed with my ipone, not the Lytro, light-field camera that allows you to click on any part of the image and it refocuses.  The image below was shot with the Lytro.  Click on different parts of the image and watch it refocus.  Imagine that you are sitting along the edge of the cliff with paints and canvas.  What will you choose as your focal points? The flowers? The rocks? If both the flowers and the rocks have hard edges, will the viewer know what inspired you to stop at that spot and invest the time painting it?

To play with more Lytro images visit my Lytro Gallery as well as the other galleries on the Lytro Website. When you see little squares in the bottom right corner of an image on the portfolio page it indicates an album that has more images within it.  Click on that image and you will see the other photos within that album.

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