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The Glass Corridor

By Philo  
We had to walk through this corridor to get from reception to our room and I thought straight away that it would make a great location. I tried a few times with my daughter placed in different positions along the length of it and also shot in both directions. This was the best of the bunch as too many were just a little soft so a bit of help required please.
I have always used the focus and recompose technique but I feel it may be flawed when shooting at very wide apertures with limited dof. Ideally I would have set this up on a tripod and manually focused but this was a rather busy thoroughfare. The problem was that once I had locked focus I was concentrating too much on trying to align the corridor.
So any other techniques used would be welcome.
I will upload a V2 just to show one of the other efforts.

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3 Sep 2011 8:51AM
Two lovely images Phil.

There is a very interesting debate re Focus and recompose, with arguments for and against.

Personally, I use the method all the time, but preventing movement towards and away from the camera is critical when using such a fast lens. There is quite a lot of reading here, but hope it helps.

Philo 11 99 83 England
3 Sep 2011 9:47AM
Thanks as always Frank, interesting that you can't choose between the 2. The second was shot at f/.8 but she is further from the camera and closer to the background giving much less pronounced differential focussing.
Philo 11 99 83 England
3 Sep 2011 9:50AM
Cheers for the comments Nick and thanks for the link, a very interesting read. Just to clarify I did use the closest focus point, rather than centre, but still had to recompose.
miptog 15 3.6k 65 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2011 11:04AM
V1, as that seems a better end of the corridor, with the background least distracting. For V2 a longer lens would have given better compression on the background, as well as putting it more out of focus. Both nice shots, and how fortunate you are to have a Daughter who is happy to pose for you.
Philo 11 99 83 England
3 Sep 2011 12:11PM
Thanks Michael, agree with V2 but I don't have a long lens at the moment. Don't be fooled by my daughter, it can be an absolute nightmare getting her to pose. Thankfully this was one she wanted to do.
banehawi Plus
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3 Sep 2011 3:03PM
Im in the against focus and re compose camp. Always select ONE focus point, and get it aligned with her eye and shoot. I find it will give the most accurate focus. The alternate is, - and its worth considering, is to compose first, them manually focus

I would also stop down a little from 1.8 Phil. - even to 2 or 2.2

V1 is attractive with that very blurred background, and I can tell she humouring you, - I can imagine her thinking "Not again Dad, this is embarrassing"! In v2, there isnt enough distance behind her, and shes much further from the lens to notice the differential, and also, there is a connection between the distance the lens is from the subject when youre looking at DOF

Curtains link is worth a read, - interesting stuff.

Philo 11 99 83 England
3 Sep 2011 4:35PM
Will try the manual focus Willie but if I can't focus quick enough I won't get the shot with little miss impatient.

I took most of these between f/1.8 and f/2.8 it just so happened that the former came out best for V1 and the latter for V2. The lens is really good wide open but there is definitely an improvement when stopped down.


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