23
Jun
08

Beauty -vs- Technical Mumbo Jumbo

Sometimes technical qualities of a photo take a back seat to the needs of the shot, and it looks better, despite being ‘imperfect’.

I shot this yesterday in late afternoon/early evening sun, no flash, no reflector. 50mm f/1.2 (yep, 1.2, not 1.4), ISO 100, 1/640. I was looking for a nice paper thin focus plane on her eyes and lots of ‘nothing’ behind her.

But shooting this wide creates a ‘soft’ image, which is usually a Bad Thing. Looking at the softness it creates, even in the in-focus details, I’m not so sure now… maybe sometimes it’s a Good Thing.

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