Focusing On What’s Important

Orchids in the Conservatory of the Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. June 24, 2012.

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

Which of these two images do you like best?  The one above or the one below?

Orchids in the Conservatory of the Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. June 24, 2012.

The interesting thing — to me — is that both images are from the same photograph.

Here are two more images, again taken from the same photo.

How is this possible?  The secret is a camera that allows me to focus after the picture is taken.

Lake Watauga, Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee. June 23, 2012.

Lake Watauga, Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee. June 23, 2012.

The camera is a Lytro Light Field camera, which takes what are called living pictures.  Clicking on a living picture changes the point of focus.

George using his new camera. (Photo by Betsy)

The camera is different from any other camera I’ve had.  It has no auto-focus, no flash, no dials and no shutter lag.

It has taken me a while to learn how to use the camera, but it has been a fascinating experience.  If you would like to experiment with some living pictures (remember you change the focus by clicking on the picture), you can do so by clicking HERE.

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13 Responses to “Focusing On What’s Important”

  1. Ms. A Says:

    I’ve never heard of anything like this. Is this something new, or do I just live under a rock?

  2. Colin (HB) Says:

    Move over Ms. A. I belong in the same category. All
    over the top of my head!
    Cheers George
    Colin

  3. l'Angevine Says:

    j’apprécie le cliché sur les fleurs en avant-plan vers ce lac

  4. The Incredible Woody Says:

    What a cool camera!

  5. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    I had never heard of this before but it is so cool. That would be fun to play with.

  6. busy bee suz Says:

    That is the coolest thing I have ever seen….I’ve never heard of this! I’m going to check on the link. Thanks for sharing George!

  7. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Oh, that would be fun to play with! I had never heard of it either! Really cool! Love your captures/flowers as always, George! Hope you and Betsy have a beautiful weekend!

  8. NCMountainwoman Says:

    I heard about those when they first came out. Absolutely amazing!

  9. Linda G. Says:

    I had heard of this camera; however, you are the first person whom I know who has used it. Pretty cool camera!

  10. Leovi Says:

    Very interesting. I have loved to change the focus to these pictures live. I did not know this type of camera, I really like.

  11. dayphoto Says:

    Now I want one!!!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

  12. ladyfi Says:

    I’ve heard about this camera. Love the effects!

  13. diane Says:

    That sounds like a fun camera.

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