Just like the human eye, the photographic lens is able to focus on different distances. How much is actually in focus is closely linked to the aperture (more on that later). I mostly use manual focus in order to decide where I want the focus of the photograph to be at exactly. This questions is very important as a lot of decisions are made in regards to this very first one. When I know what it is that the photograph is supposed to show, the reason why I am taking this photograph I can decide how much or little of the surrounding I want to include in the final image. I think when I started out I wasn't really so sure sometimes why I was taking the photo but through time I have gotten much more aware about it. Through this I believe that my photography has also become more focused.
In this case I wanted the depths of field to be very shallow, so that only the raindrops would be visible but not the buildings in the back. I wanted the drops to sort of blend in with the background once they leave the depth of field that I am focusing on. To me this adds a lot of dimension and beauty to a simple photograph like this one. I am interested in showing everyday situations in a different light, giving them a little photographic pedestal so to say. The things that surround us sometimes get skipped over and or not properly recognized as we are so habituated to seeing them daily. I want to bring the focus back to the here and now and let it shine in a special light. I want my camera to be an extension of my mind, so I when I am trying to be in the moment mentally I want my photographs to reflect that and show an awareness for my environment.