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Dirk Jensen
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Traveler, Photographer, Designer, Father
Traveler, Photographer, Designer, Father

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Getting the eyes sharp in a portrait:

Monday morning technical goof. I was shooting some portraits this morning and didn't check my focus mode control from my last shoot. I was shooting at 200mm focal length and f4, so my depth of field was pretty darn shallow. The focus mode control was set on "continuous" (C) which is great or moving subjects. With the narrow depth of field on a stationary subject, my small hand movements were intensified by the long lens, and my focus point on the subject's eyes moved slightly between focus and shutter release, and the camera then focused on the cheek instead of the eye. The picture is still workable, but I missed the razor-sharp focus on the eye that I strive for. 

Solution:
I should have set the focus mode control to "single" (S)—as in the attached picture. This mode will focus on the active focus point when the shutter release is half-pressed and won't change until you release the shutter release button and press it again. That would have kept my focus set when I half-pressed the shutter release, and the focus would have remained on the subject's eyes when my hands/focus points moved a little.
 
Pilot error. Easy fix.
Happy Monday
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I really don't like the direction this is heading.
http://chicagoist.com/2013/06/01/sun-times_to_train_reporters_on_iph.php

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Just got back from the North Pole recently. This little man that came with us is only 5 years old! This is about 2 km from the Pole, in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.
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I have been having a great time shooting some different formats. The latest is half-frame 35mm on a first generation Olympus Pen, built circa 1960. Shot this frame on some Kodak 200 that must have been in my glovebox for a couple of years. 
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Photos immediately post-evacuation of Lollapalooza last weekend in Chicago. great storm!
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There are lot's of people in the world who want something for nothing. Quality photography is expensive, but most people don't understand why and some feel like they're getting fleeced. Of course, that is not usually the case and this post does a great job explaining why.

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Not something you see every day. Wow!

Sorry for the multi-posts. I'm just figuring outposting from iOS.

Hey, I Think You Missed a Spot! : Liquid in Plastic – Photography and Words by Dan Newton - http://www.liquidinplastic.com/2009/05/hey-i-think-you-missed-a-spot/
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