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