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Country Road

This road leads up to a farm near near Cologne, Germany.  What do you think about the focus on the grass in the foreground rather than more traditional choices such as the first fencepost? 

Country Road

This road leads up to a farm near near Cologne, Germany.  What do you think about the focus on the grass in the foreground rather than more traditional choices such as the first fencepost? 

comments (21)

Hmmm...a subjective one....I probably would have gone with the fenceposts because to me they're the subject and what leads the eye into the image, but, as I say, quite subjective - I like the colour and texture of the grass as well as the composition.
  • Kay
  • 13 Jul 2007, 02:42
Let me see, I think if you had it all in focus it would look cool, but you know Martin, I'm a fan of all of your photos. smile By the fenceposts not being in focus, this forces your eyes to take the whole view in. Does that make sense? It's like my eyesight (I'm farsighted). So basically, this is what I see normally. (LOL grin)
I see it for the composition (which is great!), so I'm not looking at the focus. However, I've been taught to focus one-third of the way into the frame for depth of field. I don't think I ever consciously do that, though. wink
Nice idea Martin. I like the way you've composed that.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 13 Jul 2007, 07:13
I don't have any sense that this pic should focus any differently than what you've already done, Martin. I like it as is!
The road to... holidays... ! smile Thanks Martin for your comment and see you soon ! smile
An interesting point to focus on .. It is still a lovely image
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Jul 2007, 10:24
First of all - this is an excellent picture. Flip it so that the leading line is from left to right and it will be an even better picture.

About the focus, to me it is fine as it is. It is not 100% in front anyway. The alternative is to have everything in focus.
I think the focus point is fine
Great composition and depht in this shot
  • mal
  • 13 Jul 2007, 12:38
works really well Martin, an ordinary scene lifted by super composition. mal
Well done (and i like the color of the road!)
mal echoed my thoughts...takes skill to turn something ordinary into something really good...
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 13 Jul 2007, 15:08
I love long grass like this. we've all seen plenty of fenceposts and have a few in our archives. I like the focus on the foreground grass especially the way you have presented it
great angle and mood to this shot
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 13 Jul 2007, 17:10
Martin buddy, you have it spot on. There is no need for subjective viewpoints, the photograph is simply spot on. Enough said. Many kind regards, Neil.
Always admire your composition Martin!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 13 Jul 2007, 20:58
I love this perfect photo. The focus, the posts, the colors, the sky, the curve of the road. Have you heard about this:

http://fred1st.smugmug.com/gallery/3111321/1/170255150#170255150
  • Ted
  • 14 Jul 2007, 05:01
Personally, I think I'd prefer it if the grass directly in the foreground was what was in focus. As it stands, and this could be because the image is small, the focus seems arbitrary.
Hi Martin. well for me the main interest is the contrast between the purple grey road and the yellow of the tall grass. This is what lifts the shot. So anything that makes the grass more uniform is good, so I would side with Ansel Adams (and PK) and focus on the post 2 in from the front so that none of the posts are more important than the others (out of focus would be interesting too). Mike
Simple, yet intriguing image; where does it go? All the best, Dave
I like the focus as you have it.

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