On yesterday morning’s walk, I stopped briefly to catch some photos of the brome grass alongside the path.

As I was setting the focus on the grass, which is what I had originally wanted as my main subject, a cyclist appeared in my screen. If I hadn’t had my headphones on, I’d have heard him coming up behind me and I’d have set my focus to capture him clearly. I decided to take the shot anyways and see if I could fix it in post processing.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, so I wondered if a black and white rendering would detract from the blurry cyclist. I think this edit may have made it worse. What do you think?

Photo Note: In a phone photography course I took, one lesson about setting focus on a moving person said to tap and hold on a portion of the scene where you know the person will be entering. Take the photo when the person enters the focus point which is the square you’ve set on the screen by tapping and holding.

“For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.”

Diane Arbus