Back in May I mentioned how much I like intentional blurs in photography, and featured two that I had created in post processing. Click here and here if you’d like to see them. But I also make them in-camera, and this is the time of year when I tend to be out shooting them, when the flowers are becoming scarce and the weather is dreary (read low light), and I spend considerable time waiting around for birds at the bird sanctuary to do something other than just look pretty. Two things happened this week that made me think about blurs now in particular: I was talking to a fellow photographer and we got on the subject of intentional blurs and he mentioned a photographer who does a lot of them. In checking out her work, I was inspired to dig out my blur images and also to shoot some new ones. I also attended a watercolor painting demo by an artist I really like, and was inspired by him as well. Because I love to combine photography with painting, or at least make images that look painterly, intentional blurs really appeal to me because so often they look like paintings.
Apart from minor tonal adjustments in Lightroom (contrast, highlights, shadows, clarity, and a touch of vibrance on some), all of these images are as they came out of the camera. When shooting blurs I always take dozens of similar images because every one of them is different, and only a few tend to be worth keeping. I think my favorite in this group is the last one in the gallery…the clarity and transparency of the leaves appeal to me.
Woodland butterfly Another Blurred Butterfly