Lost in the Zone

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This is my old Bally Twilight Zone pinball machine.  I don’t own it any more – but my good friend Adam does.  This shot was taken the day before it left my house.

See anything unusual about this picture?  Sure – it looks surreal – but why?

The answer is the focus.  There is a very narrow band of focus – about 8 inches worth – centered right on the door.  A normal lens won’t produce this effect to such an extreme – you need a selective focus lens, also known as a “Tilt-Shift” lens.  A tilt-shift lens allows you to change the plane of focus letting it either lie parallel to or perpendicular to the subject (or somewhere in between).  In this case, I’ve got the plane of focus driving right into the playfield making everything in front of or behind it really out of focus.  It’s cool stuff!

Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 24mm TS-E.  ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/15 sec.

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