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Old Sep 24, 2010, 11:50 PM   #1
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Default What do you think should be in focus?

I shot this photo a little over a year ago. When I got back home and looked at the image I was a little disappointed that I had not put man and his painting in focus and had the boat blurred in the background.

I came across the image again in the last few days and actually like the image now. I am looking for some other points of view on this image.

What do you think should be in focus?
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Old Sep 24, 2010, 11:56 PM   #2
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I would like to have the painting and the boat in focus. I think stopping down would have helped the dof of the shot.
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 2:40 AM   #3
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I think the main elements of the photo should be in focus. In this case its the painter, his painting and the boat.
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i agree. stop down and make sure they are all in focus. but the focal point should be on the painter/painting.
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I'm not so sure - I think it works this way with both you and the artist sharing the subject rather than him being the subject. It's interesting how differently the camera and the artist capture the scene though - look at the vivid colours he's used for the trees.
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i think the painter and painting should be in focus with the boat out of focus
the boat is the painters subject, the painter is the photographers subject
your subject should allways be in focus
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i'm with kazuya
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i think it should all be blurred... lol, jk.

I think this is a great candidate for focus bracketing. I have yet to try it myself, but i have always wanted to.
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Its hard to say what is the subject, the painting, the painter or the paintings subject. If the subject is interesting enough it might be all that is needed to be in focus.
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 7:49 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the input. It looks like most vote for the man in focus, but as an art form it can really go both ways depending on what you want as the main subject.
I was probably in tourist mode when I shot the photo and unfortunately took only one shot. The lesson learned is to not stop at one shot but to keep working the scene and adjust along the way.
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