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    "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt View Post
    "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
    A bit of irony, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    if everything is in focus, what are we looking at?
    That's my biggest struggle with f64 type stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof_Pixel View Post
    The term 'focus' by itself doesn't seem to have a specific meaning.
    You mean a specific meaning other than its definition?

    Focus = The point to which rays that are initially parallel to the axis of a lens or mirror are converged or from which they appear to diverge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    You mean a specific meaning other than its definition?

    Focus = The point to which rays that are initially parallel to the axis of a lens or mirror are converged or from which they appear to diverge.
    So, how is a technical definition important to a work of art?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    You mean a specific meaning other than its definition?


    The word focus can have many meanings. See http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/focus

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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    if everything is in focus, what are we looking at?
    What if a photograph is about everything in the photograph? Why must a photographer lead a viewer's eye? That old "what are we looking at" bit always bothered me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
    So, how is a technical definition important to a work of art?
    etymologically?

    http://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%A4%...87%CE%BD%CE%B7

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    Couldn't translate, what language.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof_Pixel View Post
    The word focus can have many meanings. See http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/focus
    Of that list for FOCUS only a single definition applies to light and optics. 1a.

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