Let’s talk about focal points

While we sit down in this beautiful farm garden.  Both images were shot standing in the same spot with identical settings, but what makes them different?  In the first photo I shot a third of the way in just in front of the first picnic table.  In the second photo I shot a third of the way in again but near the bottom of the lowest hanging gourd on the trellis.  As you can see, keeping everything the same other than the focal point resulted in two different images with different depths of field.  Try shooting this way and see what you come up with.

My preference leans towards the first image because the tables and the surrounding flowers, which I really like, are more in focus but there is a nice dreamy look to the second as if you were being invited into a secret garden.  What do you think?

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  1. #1 by renxkyoko on August 20, 2015 - 3:46 am

    I like the 1st one, too.

  2. #3 by chris13jkt on August 20, 2015 - 4:41 am

    I prefer the first one

  3. #5 by mickey2travel on August 20, 2015 - 5:23 am

    Thank you for your insight! I just tend to let the camera “focus” on what it can. I can now see how your photos turn out the way they do. I’ll start trying to do this. Your photo #1 seems better to me, also.

    • #6 by imagesbytdashfield on August 20, 2015 - 9:26 am

      Thanks and a photo can change so much by not only where you focus but also by angle taken 🙂

  4. #7 by milfordstreet on August 20, 2015 - 5:43 am

    I like the first one with everything in focus also. Cheers =)

  5. #9 by Timothy Price on August 20, 2015 - 9:31 am

    I like them apples! Depends on what look you are going for on how much depth of field you want in a photo.

    • #10 by imagesbytdashfield on August 20, 2015 - 9:33 am

      Yep! but which photo is your pick?

      • #11 by Timothy Price on August 20, 2015 - 9:34 am

        The second one. “I like them apples!”

      • #12 by imagesbytdashfield on August 20, 2015 - 9:35 am

        Ahhhhhh but they’re gourds. I’ve seen them at markets around Halloween but never growing on the vine.

      • #13 by Timothy Price on August 20, 2015 - 9:41 am

        Too early in the morning. I totaling missed them mention of gourd in your write up, and they look a lot like apples. I like them gourds then;)

      • #14 by imagesbytdashfield on August 20, 2015 - 9:43 am

        Coffee?

      • #15 by Timothy Price on August 20, 2015 - 9:57 am

        Just got it made, and I’m starting to see clearly now.

      • #16 by imagesbytdashfield on August 20, 2015 - 10:06 am

        And another song is now in my head 🙂

  6. #17 by Lignum Draco on August 20, 2015 - 10:33 am

    I guess it depends on the story you wish to tell with your photo. Whether the whole scene is important or if you wish to isolate the subject.

    • #18 by imagesbytdashfield on August 20, 2015 - 10:37 am

      Very true. It’s all about what you wish to create and show with your image.

  7. #19 by infraredrobert on August 20, 2015 - 11:38 am

    For me – I’m going with the second image as i like the BG to be implied…that being said, Lignum Draco is correct, it is all about intent and the story you are telling.

    • #20 by imagesbytdashfield on August 20, 2015 - 11:50 am

      Thanks for commenting and it is all about the story your are trying to tell…or maybe just saying I like this period just because.

  8. #21 by A. Blake on August 20, 2015 - 4:52 pm

    1st one

  9. #23 by Ingrid on August 20, 2015 - 5:01 pm

    You’re right, both have a different feel. I lean toward #2. Great example and learning lesson.

  10. #25 by Indah Susanti on August 21, 2015 - 12:36 pm

    I am in for the second image..it feels inviting, and like you said, there is dreamy look on the image 🙂

  11. #27 by Mark Myers on August 24, 2015 - 7:02 am

    I like the second. Thanks for the tip, interesting stuff.

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