Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

The instructions are:  For this challenge, get out there and take a picture demonstrating the concept of focus. Depending on your skill level or type of camera, tinker with the manual settings, use the auto focus feature, or play around with an app. Some ideas:

  • Snap a photo of something or someone in focus, against a blurred background.
  • Share a panorama or landscape in sharp focus, in which you can see details far away.
  • Use a camera app to force focus (or blur) in an experimental way.
  • Take multiple photos of the same scene or subject using different aperture settings and publishing the results.


I prefer the background fairly blurred because the seed head stands out well. I was fairly close, so I think I would have had to step back to get the background totally sharp and in focus.

I kind of like the middle one the best. The background is more interesting but still blurred enough that the lily stands out clearly.

This has been an interesting challenge. I enjoy taking this sort of picture with a sharp subject against a blurred background. It’s good for me to study this more so I”m clear on how to get the effect I want. I remember it by – bigger number on the F stop = more stuff in focus.

I’m also glad to be back in Panama. I went for a walk in our woods planning to photograph the heliconias, and found these other things I liked even better. Apologies for the banner photo to anyone who isn’t into spiders. When I disturbed the web of this one it landed on a leaf, and it was too interesting and beautiful to pass up!

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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8 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

  1. ulillala says:

    the triple pictures just excellent as those really describe what focus is


  2. Sonel says:

    Stunning shots Kris and loved how you expermented with the F-stop. Photography sure is fun. 😀


  3. Hope says:

    Really enjoy your blog. No matter how busy a day may be, I always have to take at least a quick peek when I get notification of a new entry. Thanks for being a bright spot in the day!


  4. I Am Jasmine Kyle says:

    Hope you had fun with your challenge! It sure looks like you did!


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