Out of Focus / by Brandon Kawamura

It didn't take long to learn a valuable lesson. This past Saturday I teamed up with Sachiyo and Dave to do a maternity/couple/family photo session for Jasmine and David. This was my first visit to the pier, and while I generally don't do portraits with ultra-wide angle lenses, I thought there were several opportunities here to try experimenting with compositions. It wasn't until after the shoot, viewing the photos on my computer that I noticed many of the photos I shot with my ultra-wide angle lens were out of focus. It then dawned on me that I forgot the lens is manual focus only! I nearly always shoot my landscapes in manual focus mode, so it's never been an issue before, but in the heat of the portrait session moment, well, I failed. Thankfully, I didn't use the lens for a majority of the day's photos, and to be honest, I still kinda like some of the out of focus images. Next time, though, I'll remember to focus.

Out of focus Jasmine and David walking down the pier. 12mm (18mm equivalent) f/2, 1/640, ISO 200

Out of focus Jasmine and David walking down the pier. 12mm (18mm equivalent) f/2, 1/640, ISO 200