So some of you may know that I recently did a shoot which resulted in a bunch of images that appeared to have focus / softness issues. It was basically a wasted day. However out of the 125 frames shot, I like these.
I'd say scrap it as well. As stated before, you could get creative, but if this is not your best work, don't show it. Ever!
That being said, you should still compensate your model if that was agreed upon. Either deliver what was expected, or schedule a re-shoot. Personally, I would lean toward the re-shoot. Just because you had problems, or don't like the images, doesn't mean she didn't give her all.
The things I gathered...
Your autofocus may have been set to C (continuous) and may have refocused after you found her face and then recomposed. This seems most likely as other elements in some of the shots are in focus.
Shooting wide open with the 50 f/1.8 I've found to be a little soft for full length images. It doesn't get ultra sharp for me until f/4 or 5.6.
There's the possible issue of finding center focus point and then recomposing, altering the focal plane when the camera moves. The solution to that is to move your in-camera focus point more near to your focus target while composing. Only important when shooting very wide open.
It also appears that it was very hazy/foggy/misty for this shoot. Just another thing to multiply any other issue going on.
Best of luck figuring out what really happened and how to make sure it doesn't happen again. Perhaps using your LCD monitor and zooming way in to check focus should be part of your process going forward.
We all goof up. I've shot half a 6 hour shoot once at ISO1600 (on a D2x -- horrible) because I forgot to check. I also shot an ENTIRE shoot on Basic, Small JPG (no RAW) because I didn't check. I've shot for 20 minutes before I realized it was on manual focus.
best of luck salvaging one or more of these shots.
I was a "guest" shooter on this. It was actually a friend of mine who invited me to shoot with him. So no compensation necessary. I'd love to work with her again.
The hazy misty day was intentional. That's how it all came together. He had a cancellation for another shoot, called me up and said hey, it's misty and hazy out I think we can get some good shots at this location bla bla bla.
I was bummed out with the results to say the least. Not the models fault at all