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Almost full Moon

By riobom
getting the wrong focus made a good picture?

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pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2020 6:49PM
Hello, Vasco, and welcome back to the Critique Gallery.

By "getting the wrong focus", I assume you mean that you focused on the branches and not the moon?
That's what I would have done, and of course have done in the past. It makes sense to have the branch silhouettes sharp and the moon soft.

You have placed your moon quite central in your frame, which isn't as interesting as it would be if offset in the frame. In my modification I have done that, cropping dramatically (there are quite a lot of branches in the image) and placing the moon on a thirds intersection, a power point.
I also brightened the image and placed one of the branches so that it's going into the top left corner.

Wouldn't it have been wonderful if a bird had landed on that branch??? Of course, with editing programmes that we have today, that can easily be arranged, especially considering it would be a silhouette, like the branches. Smile


PS: See mods, added a bird!
chase Plus
15 2.1k 540 England
8 Feb 2020 6:56PM
I would have gone the same way as Pamela.
I did a mod based on Pamelas' frame....just added a bird, sorry I don't have the right brushes to do one sitting on a branch.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2020 7:09PM
How did I know you would have a go at that, Janet? It's lovely.
In the meantime, I have done 2 more modsSmile - with birds.
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1805 England
8 Feb 2020 9:18PM
The main object in an image doesn't have to be the main focus...

Going closer in on the branches and getting them sharper would have made this fantastic - as the mods show.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 749 England
8 Feb 2020 10:52PM
There's an expectation that the moon should be sharp.
But, think of sunrises and sunsets where the foreground object is sharp and the sun is out of focus. It's the same principle here.

To me it's all about emphasis.
Yes it's nice to see the sharply focussed branches in silhouette.
Having the moon sharp would have meant untidy out of focus branches making a messy image of the moon. Where out of focus branches would work is where the moon can be seen clearly through a gap between branches.

Shooting at twilight has resulted in an attractive blue sky. And the benefit is we see the branches clearly; shooting with a black sky would only show the branches directly in front of the moon, not interesting at all.

However, and the bird suggestion is good, an immediate improvement is to avoid placing the moon in a central position.
Twigs, leaves, catkins etc. (depending on time of year) would make for good silhoettes too.

And you'd focus on those just like the branches above, so really your focus is correct, to answer your question.
riobom 1 1 Portugal
9 Feb 2020 12:11AM
Thanks, Lot for your comments and modifications, the one I like is where the moon is off-set,by pamelajeans.

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