Grainy, but not as grainy as the previous photo, the eye in this
photo clearly is the focused plane of the photo. One clearly see the
three-dimensional effect, wherein the eyelid clearly is in front of
the eyeball, the curve of the eyeball, where the focus lies, stands
out and the various distance planes in the eye have a particular
effect of three-dimensionality on the two-dimensional surface that
only occurs at the focal plane. And the expression of the photo of
precise and exactly the expression of this very precious doggy. Now
that truly only occurs when the focal plane is precisely focused on the most important subject-point, in this case the nearest eyeball.
And graininess and even moderate differences in resolution or
relatively poor resolution, as in these photos, make little
difference. The effect still comes through clearly. This is the true
precision of photography, which has been missing in photos since the
beginning of the art, and only now is a sometimes thing with newest
auto-focusing cameras, a lot of stopping down, and no assurance of
success in achieving it, except when using the Canon top-of-the-line
48-sensor auto-focusing cameras, using only one sensor at a time and
placing that sensor exactly on the most important subject plane. And
those cameras cannot focus over the whole image screen, nor is the
sensor small enough for a great many subjects. Modern auto-focusing
devices that average or calculate movement, etc., are
absolutely not precise in this respect and achievement of true focus
remains pure chance with such devices, including the top-of-the-line
Canon cameras when used in those modes. That is simply the pure realities
These photos were taken in very low overcast lighting conditions (the first) and available lighting conditions, (the second), with relatively fast shutter speeds to assure no shake and very large apertures, which narrow apparent depth of field.
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