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Focus Softly…

by on Dec.27, 2012, under Life, Photography

Our school and local community had it’s annual Christmas Carols night recently – I generally take images of the event and all the children having fun throughout the late afternoon and evening. It’s a good time to shoot and I’m often found out on the oval taking nice portraits of the children in the soft light of sunset. Usually I’m shooting with a fairly open aperture with a nice lens for portraits – something like the 85/1.8, 105/2.8 or even 70-200/2.8 and I mostly go for the closest eye tack sharp with it blending quickly to blur in background and foreground – like the following…

NIKON D600 + 85.0 mm f/1.8 @ 85 mm, 1/100 sec at f/2.5, ISO 110

However I also tried this (which when I found it in post I really liked) but would be interested to see what others thought…

With this image it’s more softly focused basically everywhere so that even my main subject child is enough (not too little and not too much :)) out of focus – some might call this a technical error – however I like to think of it more as serendipity 🙂

NIKON D600 + 85.0 mm f/1.8 @ 85 mm, 1/100 sec at f/2.5, ISO 110

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