Saturday, December 19, 2009

The body of this deluded being

The body of this deluded being
Where: Hudson River Park, NYC
When: December 15, 2009

"This small individual 'I' we talk of will always be deluded, but regardless of that, zazen is buddha. We take the Buddha's posture with the body of this deluded being and throw ourselves into it."

Kosho Uchiyama, "Opening the Hand of Thought; Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice"

2 comments:

Anonymous September 30, 2010 at 12:08 AM  

Lovely Mood to this photo.

How did you blur the image and focus only on the blade of grass?

Gwendolyn September 30, 2010 at 7:06 AM  

Thank you!

Selective focus points on the camera (which I moved around to the furthest left) - if the camera can't focus on the subject (if there's wind, for example, or the background is too similar for it to pick out what you want) use manual focus and do your best. Wide aperture (in this case f2.2) and fast shutter speed (in this case 1/1000).

This kind of technique works best when you have a subject sticking out in front of (but not too far in front of) a complex background, in this case the rest of the grass. Wind helps make it even more interesting.

The fun thing about it for me is that you are never quite sure what you are going to get! Especially using manual focus, which I often do in this type of shot, you can get unexpected depths of focus.

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