This photograph was taken inside Khao Yai National Forest.  This image is significant because of what you can’t see in this first image.  What you can’t see at this screen size is detail!   

 

This photograph was taken inside Khao Yai National Forest.  This image is significant because of what you can’t see in this first image.  What you can’t see at this screen size is detail!

The contrast of the wooded part of the tree against the small lake is interesting but normally this wouldn’t make for a picture you’d want hanging on your wall.  However, if the image was say.. 20 x 30 inches and the image exhibited so much detail that you just wanted to keep running your eyes over it from one end to the other to observe all the detail, well.. then you have something worthy of display and discussion!

How much detail?  Look at the 1:1 crop below.

 

 

In last week's piece I devoted 100% of the piece to “Critical Focus” and I consider this topic to be very important.  Important enough that I’ll be hitting on it every chance I get in future columns.  Critical Focus results in critical or extreme sharpness, and this sort of sharpness brings out interesting detail you’ll never see in photographs of the same subject otherwise captured.

 

In last week's piece I devoted 100% of the piece to “Critical Focus” and I consider this topic to be very important.  Important enough that I’ll be hitting on it every chance I get in future columns.  Critical Focus results in critical or extreme sharpness, and this sort of sharpness brings out interesting detail you’ll never see in photographs of the same subject otherwise captured.

It’s a bit like walking over the same patch of grass everyday and thinking there is nothing special about this patch of grass.  Then one day you stop and sit.  While sitting you’re that much closer to the grass and you start to notice things like the patterns of the blades of grass, ant hills, all types of insects, and if you put your ear real close to the grass on a breezy day.. you’ll find that the wind cutting through the blades not only has it’s own scent, but it also makes a music you’ve never heard before..