We tend to shoot for a standard type of focus. This may be very shallow if we shoot fashion and glamour, or very deep if we shoot landscape and architecture, or very automatic, if we use automatic settings. Shaking things up a bit with a different choice of focal planes can make an image thought provoking. Here are examples at both extremes.
The image above focuses on the Aperol Spritz in the foreground, leaving the woman behind it totally, if pleasingly, out of focus. And in the process it tells us that the image is about the drink, or the mood, not the recognition of the individual.
This next image uses the reverse technique. It offers deep field of focus, including most everything in the image… except for the poppy that is the foreground element and in many ways the key item of the shot. Neither of this images will be accepted by everyone, but they will make everyone think, which with art images, or advertising images, is often the main point.
C. David Tobie