Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/04/10

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Subject: [Leica] sharp ears & soft eyes! focusing tips? -
From: images at InfoAve.Net (Tina Manley)
Date: Mon Apr 10 07:15:08 2006
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At 09:26 AM 4/10/2006, you wrote:
>I think my brain is edge seeking and the obvious edges are the side of the
>head compared to background. I find it tough to lock in on eyes. I tried a
>ground glass screen and that was a minimally helpful.
>I often shoot a 50mm lens at f5.6

Eric - I look for edges, too. If you are close enough, you can always 
focus on the eyebrows or eyelids.  Otherwise, you could try to find 
an edge on the same plane of focus as the eyes - a shirt front is 
usually close.  At 5.6 that should give you plenty depth of field to 
include the eyes.  Try it at 1.0 or 1.2!!  That's when you get into 
gnat's eyelash depth of field!  You can also rock back and forth 
yourself instead of changing the focus of the lens.  Practice, 
practice, practice!

Good luck!


Tina Manley, ASMP 

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