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Subject: [Leica] Ted, Tina, Henning and Bob on "focus and recompose"
From: george at (George Lottermoser)
Date: Thu Jul 8 09:22:13 2004

Robert Palmieri7/7/04

>I have frames on my contact sheets that I know were focussed accurately
>according to the rangefinder with a fast enough shutter speed where the
>reframed faces are just plain out of focus.
>Now; whether or not we can become facile enough to pull off an
>appropriate compensation maneuver without losing the thing that makes us
>want to shoot this frame in the first place is the real question.  But
>anyone who claims that the effect just doesn't exist is wrong.
>Ted, the "never had it happen that I'm aware of" part of your response
>may be all too true.  And Tina, this ain't about charts on walls - it's
>about people's eyes being in focus.

Don't we also have to consider, unless the camera's on a good solid tripod 
and the creatures eyes are in a headlock vice of some sort, that the whole 
dynamic photo scene is in flux - through both time and space. We not only 
have to consider focal point, curvature, subject placement in frame, but how 
soon after focusing one opens the shutter. Everythings changing by the 
milisecond. That's what makes for a photographer of people and creatures. 
Your body has learn all this - not your mind.

Fond regards,

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