This week’s photo challenge deals with basics of photography – finding the focus! Matthew George has written a brilliant article, which I recommend reading –  time and again. In the beginning, it will help you to understand finding the focus, what depth of field has to do with it, but once you get past the very basics, the fun of experimenting with focus begins.

By experimenting with the focus, blurring in or out background or foreground and/or altering depth of field, you start giving dimensions to your photographs, which makes them unique. Here are some of my experiments:

Kundan Jewellery – in and out of Focus 

Kundan Jewellery is a traditional form of Indian gemstone jewellery involving a gem set with gold foil between the stones and its mount, usually for elaborate necklaces. The method is believed to have originated in the royal courts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. It is the oldest form of jewellery made and worn in India and Pakistan. Rest assured: Mine is artificial!

Kundan Jewellry

Kundan Jewellery: foreground blurred, the ring in backround is in focus

Kundan Jewellry

Kundan Jewellery: more blurring of the earrings in the foreground, while part if the ring in the background is kept in focus, thereby increasing the depth of field

Kundan Jewellery

Kundan Jewellery: Part of the earrings in the foreground in focus while the ring in Background is kept blurred, thus reducing the depth of field

Kundan Jewellery

Kundan Jewellery: adding dimensions to the picture by keeping part of the ring in the foreground blurrred and part of it in focus. Here I was very close to the jewellery. For this picture, I got a compliment from the photographer, Peter Carey.

Nuts of Dubai Spice Souk – in and out of Focus

Nuts in Dubai Spice souk

Nuts in Dubai Spice souk

Nuts in Dubai Spice souk

Nuts in Dubai Spice souk

Nuts in Dubai Spice souk

Nuts in Dubai Spice souk

For the last picture, I walked around using the different light in the shop to put the Cashew nuts in focus

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