Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sports photography with a tilted lens

Focusing a tilted, manual focus lens fast enough to catch a fast moving target seems to be complicated, right? Couldn't be easier, however.

Since when you tilt the focus plane, things are not in focus based on their distance to the camera, but rather on their position in regards to the frame composition, it's not so difficult to decide which part of the frame you want in focus, and compose accordingly.

In this photo, I wanted to have only the rider head/face in focus, so I arranged the lens to focus the upper third of the frame, and there you go.

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