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Focus?! You Don't Need No Stinkin' Focus | by mike dillon
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Focus?! You Don't Need No Stinkin' Focus

365 Project Day 158: June 7, 2011


Focus is a gimmick. It's outlived its time. It's time for us to give it up. I, for one, am done focusing. Out of focus is the new Hipstamatic.


Just out wandering Union Square/Market in the darkness again, because...well, why not? I find that it's not super easy to shoot with the 15-85mm at night. I love the lens, but it just isn't fast enough to do much handheld work. If it wasn't for lightroom's noise reduction, I probably wouldn't be able to use it without a tripod at all, since it gets a bit noisy at ISO 1600.


I wasn't really feeling the photos this evening. Some days I go out in an area like this, where I know there's tons of interesting stuff, and just don't see it. Today was totally one of those days. At some point, I just decided to fuck it with focusing, popped it into manual and set it to focus around 2-3 feet, and proceeded to crawl around on the ground on Powell. I'm sure I looked strange, but I definitely wasn't the strangest person lurking on Powell that night... and hey, I actually like this shot. :)

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Taken on June 7, 2011