Focus, Sunday’s Serendipity Quest

DCF 1.0Focus:

  • An act of concentrating interest or activity on something:
  • The state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition:

The last several Sunday Serendipity Quests have used the Oxford English dictionary’s Word of the The Day.  Today’s WOTD is glocalization.   A created word that blends global and local into a concept.  You may have heard/read this slogan, “Think Global, Act Local.” Today’s quest will focus on the word focus.

As a photographer, focus is the start and end of a good picture. Sometimes, being out of focus, aka bokeh, creates the desired effect. The photo above was deliberately taken out of focus. These are the lights on a Christmas Tree. Controlling focus & depth of field can be useful to bring attention to the preferred subject of the photograph v a distracting or disruptive background.   Today’s cameras have a feature called autofocus. The focal points are a measure of capability. The  Nikon D300 has up to 51 focal points. The camera takes the first stab at what it thinks in focus is.  This may be only the starting point.

What about life?  Is your life in focus?  Do you concentrate on the interest or activity at hand. Or are you easily distracted or disrupted. Does your life have a clear definition of purpose, values and and direction. Or is it like my desk, cluttered from left to right with stuff?

Focus on the quality of life. Add life to your years and then years will be added to your life.

Deepak Chopra

The journey begins now.

I.  Photography 101 – Lenses and Focus.  “So far, we’ve been imagining a perfect beam of light hitting a refractive surface. In this beam all the light is parallel. Parallel light passed through a lens will always converge on the same point.”

II.  To live everyday of your life, consider doing a Project 365: Take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way.  My 2012.365 is posted on Flickr & FaceBook.  Without deliberate coordination, a friend on the other coast also did a 2012.365 which is posted on Flickr & Facebook.  This site offers six tips as to how to complete  a 365 project.  #5 is the most important tip, Don’t Stop, No Matter What.  365s are not limited to writing with light, some bloggers challenge themselves to write a blog a day.

III. The good folks over at WordPress have an ongoing daily post challenge.  They offer a nice blend of daily & weekly prompts along with a themed weekly photo challenge.  The current theme is Abandoned. “I’ve always loved wandering inside and taking photographs of abandoned buildings. Ruins are fascinating: in these physical spaces, the past, present, and future are one, and time becomes fuzzy.”  What have you Abandoned?, left behind, neglected, or deliberately moved away from?  Was this done to refocus?

IV. Orphaned, Lost and Abandoned Blogs.

Lost in spaaaaaaace!

At one time blogging was the hot new craze on the Internet.

It brought us the term “blogiverse” and thousands of young teenage girls flocked to create their own world… And then short thereafter abandoned those blogs forever.

Now there are so many blogs left behind, that it’s probably more common to find a dead blog than an active one!

So the purpose of this blog is to go have some fun finding old abandoned blogs and highlighting them here, with an interesting summary of the blog’s footprint on the web.

This is a vivid example of losing focus and adding clutter to the cyber cosmos.  Here is one selected excerpt from the abandoned  A Day at the Office blog.

In your editorial on the “Henry George Hoodoo,” which appears in the August number of the ICONOCLAST, the following passage occurs: “It seems to me that I have treated the Single Taxers as fairly as they could ask, and if I now proceed to state a few plain truths about them and their faith they will have no just cause to complain.”

Letter to the Editor, The Iconoclast, Galveston, Tex., August 12, 1897.

V. Maybe this Serendipity Quest has lost focus since # IV is from a letter to editor from way back in the day of 1897.   Such is the path of serendipity. One place leads to another while the mental meandering may or may not remain on the expected path.  I submit that this wandering is good as an excercise  to broaden, share & develop perspectives.   I will close by sending you back to WordPress, to the search results on Focus.

What will you be focussing on this week?

“Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn’t suck.”
― Joss Whedon


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