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Re: ID needed - The Curse of Auto-Focus

  • Subject: Re: ID needed - The Curse of Auto-Focus
  • From: Cyndikrall@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 18:17:59 EDT

Feel free to pick on me Ted, you are not the first! LOL. I know the pic was horrid, but by the time I realized it, the inflo was gone. I got a new camera for Mothers Day, and I'm still trying to get used to it, with mixed results, obviously, lol. My old camera was 10 years old and had none of the new features I have now. Ugh!
A victim! YES, I am a victim of technology!!! ;-)
In a message dated 9/12/2008 1:57:39 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, ted.held@us.henkel.com writes:

The blurry picture of the bloom is the result of that idiotic feature of "modern" cameras called "Auto-Focus". Notice how the far background comes in nice and sharp? In the old days (don't I sound like a real fogy?) the photographer made a simple adjustment so whatever she or he wanted to be in focus WAS in focus. Now that little artistic and scientific task is presumed by some computer chip that don't know nuthin. It is especially bad when it comes to close-ups.  In Cyndi's picture the overwhelmingly dominant feature she wanted to depict is completely ignored by Auto-Focus in favor of 2% of the frame that even the most amateur of picture-takers would know was not where the focus was intended. You'd think the camera would at least focus on whatever is in the center, target area of the screen. But no, it looks around for something it fancies and that's what you get, like it or not. This is not Cyndi's fault. She is the victim.

My digital does this too, and as far as I can figure it can't be switched off. I guess I'll have to spring for a more expensive camera in order to NOT get that feature built in. Sheesh.

A little good-natured rant to end the week. Now back to plants.


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