What are you looking at? Please, take a moment and actually notice what part of this image has your attention.
It’s common practice for photographers to use shallow depth of focus to concentrate the viewers eye on the thing that is in sharp focus. We use the technique in portraiture frequently, and for all sorts of other instances where we want the viewer to pay most attention to a part of the photograph, but ever so often we can use the reverse to good effect.
I was intrigued by how the sharp plane of focus on the leaves actually called attention to the slightly out of focus rockers on the porch. In this instance, it is the very fact that they are out of focus that draws the eye to the chairs, and the fact that they are mostly hidden by the leaves only piques our curiosity all the more. The brain wants to complete the image of a couple of rocking chairs. I must confess that I wasn’t totally aware of what was going on as I was making the photograph. It wasn’t until I converted the image to black and white that I was truly struck by the rest of the effect. Selective focus can include what is purposefully out of focus as well as what is sharp. I find this an intriguing effect that rates more experimentation.
Olympus OMD EM1 with 40-150mm f2.8 zoom.