Floral Focal Point [59/366]

Photography is an intensely personal subject. Photographers must make intimate decisions to communicate their message. Decisions on lighting ratios, focal points, lens factors, shutter speed, aperture settings, etc. all play vital roles in the story.

Focus, to me, is one of the most important aspects.  Where the photographer chooses to draw the viewer's eye can tell a lot about the intended message.  I use it to draw attention to a detail I love, or to what I consider the true subject of the image.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700" caption="Hasselblad 503cw / Imacon Ixpress v96c with Hasselblad 120 f4 CF Makro-Plannar #56 tube - f5.6 @500th 50iso"]Floral Focal Point [59-366][/caption]I chose to focus on the underside of this dying daisy.  When in full bloom, daisies are delicate with smooth, organic lines and curves.  The underside contrasts heavily with rough, hairy details and heavy shadows.  The daisy, in the final days, loses it's delicate nature and a new beauty hidden below the surface emerges.

My use of a very shallow depth of field is intended to draw attention to a very specific area in the photo and away from others.  I didn't want the petals to be in focus, but rather out-of-focus and slightly out of frame. As if to say, this daisy's glory days are being left behind.

Poetic? Maybe. But, it's my vision.