Just like a writer, the photographer’s primary function and desire is to strongly suggest what the viewer wishes to see. The photographer has a great deal of influence in this. First, simply by turning off the auto focus he can tell the viewer whether to focus on things which are close in, or on things which are further away. In this image, for example, the focus was on the foliage.
In this one, the photographer wanted the foliage to act as a frame for the rest of the elements.
This one makes use of the speed of the vehicle I was in, and of the rain which was beading on the car’s windshield. By focusing on the rain drops I was able to make use of the outline of the road and the trees in the background to create quite a different effect.
Finally, focus can be manipulated in ‘post-production’ by use of an app or software program. Here I took a simple photograph with subject and background, and using the central focus feature of the app I was able to reinforce the way the viewer’s eye is drawn to what is most important.
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