I’ve talked a bit before about using aperture settings to create the blurry background effects. This post will future some bokeh, but it’s more about choosing the focal point of the image.

With a centered autofocus, I first focused on the fence post, then shifted my frame with the shutter button still halfway pressed down. This allowed me to take a shot with the fence post as the focal point, even though I shifted the fence post away from the center of the image.

At the Front

By doing, this I can create a bokeh image without having to center the image, but without messing around with manual focusing or changing to an off-center metering.

Fence Focus 3 (1 of 1) Fence Focus 2 (1 of 1) Fence Focus 1 (1 of 1)

The image below shows this in a more dramatic fashion. The focal fence point is only a small portion of the image.

Fence Focus 4 (1 of 1)

Here are a few shots from the same few perspectives, but with normal auto-focusing on the center of the image.

Focus in the Back

Background Focus 1 (1 of 1)

This still has a low aperture setting, which I should have changed, and that’s why the fence post up front is blurry while the background is not, sort of a reverse bokeh.

Bonus Focal Point: No focus

Here a bonus shot, with a blur effect. I used manual focus from the same perspective as the title shot to create the image.

Bonus (1 of 1)