Any photographer will know that feeling... You got the composition right, had your exposure all set hit the shutter, and walk away with the shot in the bag. Until... you get home, get the images off of your memory card to find the big shot of your shoot was off - you missed focus.
This, of course may not have been down to you - such cases usually are, but heres a case where one shot that i missed wasn't necessarily down to me!
The image below is Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, shot on 30.01.17 in Cologne. I knew this moment was coming. Billie was already starting to sprint along the stage runway back to the stage.
My metering was set. My focus was tracking him. Locked and loaded.
His feet leave the floor. The lighting totally changes and that's it! The camera freaks out. It has a split second to decipher the new levels of contrast it's now seeing on the subject it's tracking - and in the split second that i press the shutter, focus hasn't been totally re-aquired. The microphone stand that came into the foreground may have confused things further. Shame. But these things happen. This would have been THE shot of the night. But hey, there were a bucket load of great shots!
I've come across pro's that would still use a great shot even if the focus was missed and it wasn't quite sharp. I was torn myself, but decided against it in the end.
What would you have done? Use or lose?
Let me know in the comments!
So, last week i shot Green Day live in Cologne. A sold out arena awaited the California rockers, and rock they did! They tore the place up!!!
Check out my photos from the show here:
See you again soon!!!