May 31, 2013

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“But flowers cannot dance?” cried little Ida.  “Yes, indeed they can,” replied the student.  “When it is dark and everyone is asleep, they jump about quite merrily.  They have a ball almost every night.”

– Little Ida’s Flowers, Hans Christian Anderson

 

FOCUS:  Technique (In Camera Motion Blur)

My tendency is to favor tack sharp images in my photography, so tonight I decided to step out of my comfort zone and play around with motion blur.  To be honest, this decision came about rather by accident, as I was struggling to photograph a bouquet of flowers in dim lighting and I was frankly too lazy to grab a tripod :-).  So I embraced the shake of my hands, slowed down my shutter speed even more and just had some fun.  I have always said that laziness breeds efficiency.  Well, this is a case where laziness bred creativity…

 

For comparison purposes, I included at the bottom of this post an image of the flower bouquet in-focus.  The in-focus photo reads as a simple snapshot, whereas I find that the blurred photos are much more compelling.

 

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And, here is a picture of the flower bouquet without any motion blur…

 

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