We have a billionaire:HaloGirlWhy
Our eyes start at the piping in the foreground and the box. Plumbing comes to mind... a faucet perhaps... Then in the blurry background we have the husband, focused on the project at hand: the sink with disposal attached. It tells a story. In this particular case, Angel provided some background to the story: this sink is going back.
There are two several ways to focus an image. The most common way is to focus on the subject and let the rest, based on solely distance, fall into bokeh
Focusing and pressing the shutter usually yields a focused object in the center of the frame and a blurry background- it's that simple.
Demonstrating a biased selective focus is far more difficult. To isolate one subject from another with focus can sometimes be a technical feat. To demonstrate a story or interaction between subjects in diferrent focal planes, however, is tough. (This excellent example by Chris
) demonstrates this interaction. Outside of sports, I think it's very difficult to find these types of interractions. Although I didn't limit my judgement to this type of selective focus, I certainly consider it to meet the challenge.Essentially what I was looking for was the selective focus to be a function of the photographer rather than of the lens - and I did see that in several entries.
Additionally, as a tip for everyone: I tend to favor photos that are taken for the challenge, rather than ones we pull from the coffers. For this particular challenge, getting the camera out and practicing on objects around the house (like with Angel's dolls and Bill's oranges) is a a great way to hone this skill- which is the purpose of these challenges.
These are some of my favorites from this month, although I didn't really see any here that I disagreed with.
Angel, I'll need your mailing address to mail your 100 billion to... though let me warn you it takes me forever to get to the post office because I can't stand that place.