Which One's The Real Winner?
Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON
Yes, you can tell I'm right into the Super Bowl, even though I live on the other side of the world and. It's already Monday morning here, but hey, who cares! As you can see, I have a super bowl of my own - on our dining table. It's a beautiful lime-green ceramic bowl, so I decided to carry out a mini-experiment with my camera. For the first shot (above) I set the camera to auto-focus and if you look really carefully, you'll see the segment that is in sharp focus is the outer rim on the extreme left-hand side.
Then I set the camera to manual focus and took the second shot (below) after focusing on the area of the rim closest to me. The first shot was taken at 1/125th of a sec, F5.6, ISO 400 and the second shot was taken at the same settings but ISO 800. You can tell I was never very good at basketball - too many rim shots!
Which of the two shots do you prefer?