01-01-14 What We Never See

2014 01-01 What We Never See by Watertown, SD, photographer Scott Shephard

My title for this post isn’t so much about the fact that we don’t see rain, or rain-drenched leaves in our normal experiences. Though most people rarely stop to study a leaf as closely as I’m asking you to do it here.

What I mean is that the camera “sees” things very differently than humans do, including color, contrast and focus. And for sure the human eye can’t see unfocused areas* as the lens does because when we look at another point in a scene, our eyes automatically focus there.

And discovering the unexpected is one of the reasons I find so much joy in making a photo.

And speaking of joy, welcome to 2014! I will be celebrating five years of “A Photo A Day” soon and I do appreciate you, the viewers, who certainly provide another source of joy for me.

*The unfocused areas are called bokeh. In this photo, the blurred circles in the background are other rain drops hanging on other leaves like the one you see in focus here.

Canon 5DIII 1/100s f/4.0 ISO400 102mm

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  1. This is an amazing picture Scott. I love your composition and the bokeh is outstanding. You are truly my biggest inspiration. Thank You.

    • Thanks, Bjorn. It’s good to hear from you. If you are still in the area, we need to get together – I’d like to catch up on how life is going for you these days.

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