Varying Your Focus Point

A small study in the impact of Focus Point on your photograph:

The framing, focal length, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are identical in these two pictures.
Exposure 1/4000 sec
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 105 mm
ISO Speed 400

When I processed them in Lightroom, I used the same settings on both photos - a slight exposure increase to lighten up the exposure, and a clarity and vibrance boost.

The only difference is where I set my focus point:

Far Point of View
Focus point set on the yellow flower, about half way up the scene.

Close Point of View
Focus point set on the white flowers in front. The yellow flowers, trees behind the focus area are blurred.

I'm not sure which scene I like better**, but the two photos show how your choice of focus area can impact the end result. So choose those focus points wisely!

**I think I would have like the second photo if I had framed things differently - lower to the ground to see more of the stems of the white flowers

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