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    Do you like this one?

    When looking on flickr, I like a lot of photography by Japanese photographers, like Tommy Oshima. They have there own style, which is very different from 'western' photography.

    Sunday I made this photo of a couple in a bar, which is little like that Japanese style.
    When I shot it I liked it very much but now, after reviewing it on a big screen, I like it much less.

    I still like the light and colours in it, but nothing is in focus. It would better if the beer or the chair was in focus.

    What do guys think?


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    Re: Do you like this one?

    just my two cents:

    The beer at least and the chair in fokus and the persons hands, that would give the pic a special touch. And let the color of the beer gloom...

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    I like it, the lack of sharp focus maybe gives it a quality that wouldn't otherwise be there? The rather ugly background through the window is perhaps the spoiler.

    As HCB said, focus is a bourgeois concept.

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    Hi Hans,

    I do like it. I can see what you mean about possiby having the beer in focus but judging by your perspective to move the focus point to the beer would have increased the DOF a lot and the nice soft mood would be lost.

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    Re: Do you like this one?

    Quote Originally Posted by TimF View Post
    As HCB said, focus is a bourgeois concept.
    Now that is a cool statement!

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    Re: Do you like this one?

    It sets a Mood... Dreamy
    I do agree having the Beer spot on Crisp with the rest all Falloff would be Lovely but the next Time...

    I too like Tommy Oshima's pixs
    another person on Flickr You might Lilke is 'Junku-newcleus I adore his high Contrast Moody noirish B&W shots

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    Thank you all. It makes me feel better about this shot.

    Helen, I will checkout Junku, thanks.

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    Re: Do you like this one?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecliffordsmith View Post
    Now that is a cool statement!
    Whoops! It was actually "sharpness is a bourgeois concept" not focus. The meaning is not dissimilar though!

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    Re: Do you like this one?

    The issue is my eye goes to nowhere in it. To me it needs some focal point for your eye to go. If you close your eyes and quickly look at it first your eye looks for a focal point if none is there than it looks for the lightest part which in this case is outside but the third choice is the beer glass. So as the eye see's it you lost it on two counts than defaulted to the beer. If the background was dark than it may work better.

    BTW your eye is much faster than the brain can process.
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    The pole growing out of the head of the man on the left distracts me a great deal. The mood is interesting; perhaps a couple steps either way would have helped. Just an opinion, of course. Regards. DR

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    Thanks again to all replies. I come there often, so Iwill have many opportunities to retry this shot

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    Any you should retry it often! :-)
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    Re: Do you like this one?

    Quote Originally Posted by TimF View Post

    As HCB said, focus is a bourgeois concept.
    In Focus is doubly so . . . (Could it be Douglas Adams?)

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