AutoFocus

April 17, 2018  •  1 Comment

On August 5th 2017 I worked a wedding. It was my birthday and just before I left for the wedding I posted a very brief statement declaring this would be my best year yet.
Little did I know how far off that statement was... while it hasn't been horrible it has definitely been very stressful and trying. Quite possibly one of the most taxing years i've had in a long time and having had a hard time coming back from it. I hurt my back early this fall that laid me up for a few weeks and that really seemed to get the sickness ball rolling. In the beginning of January what started as the flu went to a sinus infection, bronchitis, the flu again, strep throat and then a horrible case of ringworm on my arm that I just cant seem to get rid of. My immune system is down, I still can't really breathe well and my head is definitely still fighting a minor sinus infection. It's just one of those years and I know i'm not alone. The weather has been hard and to be a farmer these days is definitely no walk in the park.
I don't know about you but when I get sick I do everything I can on my own to overcome it. I know some people that run right to the doctors but that's just never been my thing.. maybe i'm a little stubborn? ha! 
Usually i'm able to shake whatever it is that's got me down with over the counter stuff and overdose on vitamins and water(which I should do on a regular basis anyway).
This year that just wasn't enough. I went to the doctors, then went to the doctors again and again, and again... you get the drift. If I'm sick of anything it's going to the doctors (I say this as my water for my neti pot heats up in the microwave :-) )
So typically after I get sick and try everything on my own if it doesn't work I break down and go to the doctor. I'll admit i'm guilty because by that time i'm pretty bad off and pop online to ask for prayers as "a last resort"

Believe it or not I have a point to this and it's actually related to my camera. Do you know what your Autofocus is or how it works??

Autofocus (AF) uses a super smart little computer to run a mini motor that focuses the lens for you.
When the lens is focusing you can see it moving in and out until the camera finds a point for the sharpest possible image. Depending on the distance of the subject from the camera, the lens has to be a certain distance from the film to form a clear image. (There is a sweet spot)

There are two types of autofocus systems: active and passive. Some cameras may have a combination of both types, depending on the price of the camera. In general, less expensive point-and-shoot cameras use an active system, while more expensive DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras with interchangeable lenses use the passive system. 
What is passive autofocus? Well i'm glad you asked! Passive auto focus must have light and contrast in order to do its job (a CROSS point if you will).
The image needs to have some detail in it that provides contrast. The camera will guess which points you want which would explain why when the thing you want in focus isn't always in focus.
If you try to take a picture of a blank wall or a large object of one color, the camera cannot compare pixels next to each other so it cant actually focus. 

In my opinion, this is where a good photographer would have their eye trained to take a camera off autofocus, switch it to manual focus and still get a sharp image. I'm not sure about Canon but with Nikon there is a handy little green dot in the viewfinder of the camera that tells you when the image is in focus or not. Even with that handy dandy green dot, let me tell you, manual focus is HARD. You have to train your eye to see the sharpest image and your body to hold still, your hand to move ever so slowly until you find the perfect, sharpest image and press the shutter without making the image blurry with camera shake.
It takes practice but practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.. Anyone can take it off auto and shoot in manual and get 100 blurry images but it takes effort to put it in manual and get a sharp image.

Isn't that how our faith works? I've always struggled with the saying practice makes perfect. It's a lie.
Perfect practice makes perfect.
and praising God while times are good means when times are bad we wont know anything different. It's hard to do at first because you have to actively teach/train yourself to focus on God when things are good. But if we continue to do that it'll be easier when we don't know what to focus on and things get crazy we will, by default, focus on the CROSS point, or the light in the situation.

It will take work, and you'll still stumble but eventually (after a lot of effort and practice) be second nature to take it off auto (the way of the world) to put it in manual mode and choose what we focus on.
Find the light and the perfect cross point in any situation to get the best image available as a first resort - not a last resort.
I want to encourage anyone that is reading this... let God and prayers be the first thing you turn to and the first cross point you focus on.

<>< Cara


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