Re: ID needed - The Curse of Auto-Focus
- Subject: Re: ID needed - The Curse of Auto-Focus
- From: "Weaver, Bill" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 23:36:17 +0000
I have found that many cameras will exhibit this behavior
if the object in the foreground is too close for it to
physically focus on and is simply ignored in favor of
something it can focus on. This being said, I have seen and
purchased several digital cameras with a 'macro' setting
that reverses this problem and focuses quite nicely on
the itty bitty thing in the foreground.
To check if your digital camera has such a capability, look
for a 'focus' setting or button and set it to 'macro'
or 'close-up' or the setting that
displays the little flower icon.
Hope this helps.
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.
09/11/2008 07:57 PM
Discussion of aroids
Does anyone know what this plant is? Found it at
a local garden center. Sorry for the blurry pic of the bloom!
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