08 September 2014

life lessons in my camera's manual focus

I was just thinking about what a great life lesson there is in manually focusing your camera. 

I do not shoot on auto. I tweak everything -- aperture, shutter speed, exposure. But I do not always reach down to my lens, click it over into manual focus.

And that's ok. Because sometimes, you need auto-focus. You need to believe in the angle you're standing from enough so that when things whip past you, supersonic fast, you know you can catch a glimpse of them, before they're out of frame forever. 

But sometimes life's a bit too tricky for just force-changing your perspective. After-the-fact. Once you've created an image in your head. I just need to stand at this angle to get the shot -- or for that matter, formed an opinion...

...started down some reliably neat path of life.

But what if you took charge of the angle you base every precipitating decision off of? In the first place. And then tweak it. As you like. As you go. Change where you stand from, walk around your ideas and prod at them until they seem just right. 

To you. Not to anybody else. That's key.  

I, for my part, always liked things a little blurry. 


  1. so first of all i'm the same. i don't shoot on auto, i tweak everything, but recently for the past few months i've been trying to pick parts of my session and click my lens over to manual, even just for a bit. when i change that over, it gives me control and i think it gives me a better look at things.

    love everything you said here.

    1. Haha. Yes. As I was jotting this down real fast, I realized it's not always a terribly useful metaphor -- when I'm shooting a wedding, there's a certain need to shoot on auto-focus during parts of the day. But, then I figured out...as I was writing (of course) -- there's a lesson for that side, too. If you've learned to look at things manually -- at first, blurry, then bringing things into focus for yourself -- you'll have a stronger sense of self in those moments when you have to rely on auto-pilot.

      oy -- too many words. always!

      : )

  2. I was just thinking today about fuzzy, blurry photos and how sometimes they're perfect and sometimes they're the pictures you delete immediately (assuming you're shooting digital). No conclusions or nice metaphors in that, but it was a nice coincidence to read your observations today.

  3. "I, for my part, always liked things a little blurry. "

    Yes yes yes.

  4. beautiful. Very pretty pictures as well.


  5. beautiful! the colors are stunning :)

  6. Your photos are absolutely beautiful :-) I love your blog, yet another great post :-)


  7. This is just what I needed today. I will probably read it over a few more times before the day is done. Your little space of the internet has become one of my favorites since stumbling upon it a couple of years ago. As an English/creative writing graduate, I admire your connection and dedication to books in a way I have not quite achieved myself, but will never stop trying. I admire your ability to find beauty and meaning in all things and write so genuinely from the heart and not just superficially swoon over material things like many other blogs. I feel like, in this blog I find a true friend and not a place I go that makes me feel jealous or that I don't have enough. Thank you!

  8. Perfection in the imperfections! we're all a bit too photoshopped. p.s. I like your photos, fuzzy or not!