Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

This week’s photo challenge is Focus.

The challenger showed two pictures with two different depth of fields to illustrate Focus. That is a relatively easy job.

I would think it is more difficult to come up with is a picture that viewers quickly recognize that  certain subject(s) is the Focus of the picture, without actually focusing it with a camera or without coloring the subject against a monochromatic background (which some clever photographers can do with a software).

Here are some photos which I would like to illustrate Focus.

My first image, taken in West Lake, China, focuses on the willow and tree on the left in the foreground. The background was hazy and soft.DSCF6343

The second photo was taken in Angkor Wat , Cambodia. The focus is on the nearby walls, the background of temple ruins are somewhat blur.DSC_0239

The third photo was taken inside a temple also in Angkor Wat. I focused on something which I don’t understand – these may be stoves in the temple kitchen. They stand out from the rest of the picture.DSC_0279

The last picture was taken in Luoping, Yunnan in China. Focusing on some rapeseed flowers means that other flowers in the field are not in focus.DSCF3147

It will be interesting to see how viewers see images – what they focus on and why!

66 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

  1. Spectacular pictures,,beauty of life the flowers,the beauty of antiquity ,few of the trees are fading .Dry branches.are another lesson to be learned..Thank you Micheal for the visit.jalal Michael.

  2. Wonderful pictures. I enjoy your work and I agree that it can be very challenging to lead the eye without using racking focus or depth of field or the other techniques you mentioned. Shot composition should inform focus. Thank you! Your wise words will journey with me.

  3. Mike, I really like the picture at Angkor Wat. It’s like you have different subjects in each area, the foreground “the three planting areas”, then the next is the small puddle that attracts the eye, and last but not least the cooking stoves at the end. One leads to the other in progression. Love the shot. Also thanks for the earlier comments about my blog. It was appreciated.

    • Hi, apologize that I don’t have any experience of monetizing blogs. I have a close friend who tried that but did not succeed. Many thanks for the “like” and the warm comment 🙂

  4. Yes and you have to be so careful to ensure the camera is actually focused just where you want it to be…I still find this difficult at times.

    • Hi mknunu, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. Thanks for enjoying my posts and thinking of me for the nominations. Regards, Michael

  5. Michael, you truly have a gift. I liked all of the photos, but I was drawn to the 3rd one. My eye went to the doorways. Then I saw what was right in front. What a challenging photo. It brought to my mind a saying I heard once – “What the mind doesn’t see, the eye does”. I’m sorry I don’t know who said that, but it was fun anyway. Gorgeous shot of the trees and the faded background in the first photo too; I would like to walk there.

    • Hi, your comment suggests that you can have more than one focus in an image, which is true. I won’t mind walking among the willows again in West Lake! Regards, Michael

    • Hi Jala, I thought it was a mandolin but wasn’t sure. I am not as gifted as you are – I don’t play any instrument; my wife plays the GuZheng. Regards, Michael

    • Welcome. The funny thing is that I have no technical knowledge of cameras or photography, I just found it impossible to look at anything other than the point where all the lateral horizontal lines meet: the hazy soft background.
      Great photography indeed, a language that even lay men understand. Thanks.

  6. I especially like the first photograph, Michael. I like how all the growth spreads horizontally except for the Willow which breaks it up by dripping gracefully downwards. The Willow branches look like green rain. It’s a peaceful scene, yet stimulates the senses.

    • Hi Lesley, I felt the same too when I was there. There are many willows in West lake, but the ones I love most are the ones by the lake. Thank you 🙂

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