I've been working on some images for this month's assignment of Blur. There are so many ways to include blur in an image, and I think just about any subject can be taken in a way that will make it more interesting by blurring some of the elements. A moving subject looks great by panning with it and blurring the background whether it is a vehicle or a bird or a person running, etc. A slow shutter speed can be used to blur just the part of a subject that is moving the fastest such as wings or legs or blades on a windmill. A longer exposure will make moving water very interesting too, in a waterfall or rain or waves at the beach. I love shallow depth of field for isolating a subject from the background. The Lensbaby lens will distort and blur elements around a specific focused area. Then there is the option of shooting abstract blurs where nothing is in focus like I tried last spring shooting wildflowers from a moving car and getting bands of blurred colors. Sounds great, right? Maybe it is the perfectionist in me but I have not been super happy with most of the images I have tried to shoot and specifically incorporate blur in lately. Sigh. I had some great ideas but not many chances to execute them. The flowers above were shot with the Lensbaby lens and I was very happy that for once I actually got the part of the subject I wanted in sharp focus while blurring the rest. I think I had to use a +4 closeup filter on the front of the Lensbaby Composer. Many people (yes I am talking about you Jen!) would want to see all of the flowers and the vase and the stems in sharp focus, but not me.
SC Christmas Digital Papers
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