Sandy Puc' (rhymes with "butch") is a portrait photographer working out of Colorado. She was on the lecture circuit several years back, and I attended her seminars whenever time permitted. While an outstanding photographer and a truly gifted teacher, she is known for her commitment to community service, often donating her photographic services to worthy charities. In my mind, she will always be remembered as the founding photographer of NILMDTS, a network of dedicated photographers who provide comfort to families facing imminent tragedy. If memory serves, she was nominated for Woman Of The Year for her efforts.
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She identified a concept that I really resonated with me, and one that is the subject of today's post. The concept is Emotional Focus. Sam acknowledged that there are times when a photo may not be technically perfect, but can still tell a story or elicit an emotional response.
Let's take a look at two cropped portions of this image. You can see that when viewed closely, my main subject's head is definitely not as sharp as it could be. The two spectators in the background are much sharper, a clear indication that the camera was not properly focused when the shot was made.
Exposure Notes: The photo was made with a Fuji X-T2 with a 10-24mm F 4.0 zoom lens. The lighting is provided by a Fuji dedicated Adorama Li-On flash held in my left hand high above and behind my head. I used a Gary Fong Light Sphere to produce a more "bulb in the ceiling" look. I moved it as far from my subject as possible to minimize both the underexposure caused by light fall-off behind the main subject, and the overexposure of objects in the immediate foreground. When working with wide angle lenses at short distances, every inch counts!
|1/32 second, F 4.0, ISO 400, hand-held flash held at arm's length high and above, camera left|