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Old 10-15-2017   #1
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Out of Focus - still meaningful

Let's see some images that misfocus (or are movement blurred or otherwise blurry) but still send a message and somehow work.

Some of mine (story of my life - blurry photos):

Walking by by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

By the waterwall by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

Blue chairs by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

City Nocturne by Life in Shadows, on Flickr
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Old 10-15-2017   #2
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Of those, I like your first one Peter.

Two from me:





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I think that taking pictures out-of-focus is a technique that if done intentionally is hard to master and even when done well seems to be rarely appreciated. I am a fan of the style.





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I have one that is very much loved by the subject and his family.
Just a bit behind him.
Crown Graphic with the basic 135mm. Top mount RF which is not accurate atm.
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On the other end... a hihly stylized digital image.
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I always liked this one, bit of a pun too.

Out of Focus by Philip McAllister, on Flickr
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I always liked this one, bit of a pun too.
Out of Focus by Philip McAllister, on Flickr
Good one. I love it.
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I made a lens out of a plastic binocular toy that was guaranteed to make blurry pictures. Here's a set from an afternoon with a friend and her bird:

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I managed to get some sharp elements in this blurry picture...

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I managed to get some sharp elements in this blurry picture...
You managed top get the kid's face! I love it when that comes together. Great pic, I'll bet the parent(s) really love that one.
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You managed top get the kid's face! I love it when that comes together. Great pic, I'll bet the parent(s) really love that one.
Thanks... Well - I am the dad of the boy, so yes - I'll keep that picture
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I managed to get some sharp elements in this blurry picture...
Nice shot!
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Sunrise, Florida. First morning of vacation, and the kids were excited to be at the seashore. I missed focus in my effort to capture the moment, but I like the photo all the same.

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That picture has got a wonderful combination of lighting and action sleepyhead!
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... I missed focus ...
The focus lies on the fine waterfilm in front of the picture.
Could also be a very well focussed picture instead.
It depends how you look and think
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some great pictures.
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Sunrise, Florida. First morning of vacation, and the kids were excited to be at the seashore. I missed focus in my effort to capture the moment, but I like the photo all the same.

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A very OOF shot taken with an old Canon 58mm f1.2 FL lens to see how pedestrians in a mall would look if shot completely blurred. I rather like the effect which is very abstract though I must admit that while its fun to see how far one can go with such experiments I think I may have gone a bit too far here - I am not sure it is meaningful to others though it is to me.


City impressions by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

And I have always been partial to this one which I deliberately blurred then blurred more in post to create an impressionistic city scape.

City Nocturne 2 by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

And this was shot as a reflection in a stainless steel art installation rather like the famous Chicago "bean" for our American friends. Again I confess adding to the blur in post to take it to the max. That's me in the centre frame getting the shot.

Impressions 5 by Life in Shadows, on Flickr
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Everyone so far you are coming up with some wonderfully creative and evocative shots. Well done all. Keep it up.
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Soft focus story illustrations made with the same toy lens as above:





The above are pictures of 11x14 inch prints.

The color is real, not digital - it's made by chemical toning.
Various metals - iron, vanadium and uranium - have replaced the silver in regular black and white prints.
What was black in the original tones as blue, yellow and red respectively.

The process requires four separate developments, arduous physical masking and a ton of 'personal protective equipmant'. Each print is unique.
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some 2 or 3 years ago, I saw an exhibition of photos by Joel Meyerowitz, my first and only exhib. of one of the most famous photographers. I noticed that his, possiblbly, most iconic photo is rather badly focused: http://www.howardgreenberg.com/attac...aa2c002a4b988e for me this was quite an eye opener


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^Kuuan, excellent shot! Well done.

A couple I took yesterday with my Sigma SD1 Merrill and 50mm f1.4 lens.



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^Kuuan, excellent shot! Well done.
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I've always liked this one, but yes, maybe one of those which only works for me.
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Framing could be better, but, I have always liked it. Watkins Glen vintage weekend 2010.

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some 2 or 3 years ago, I saw an exhibition of photos by Joel Meyerowitz, my first and only exhib. of one of the most famous photographers. I noticed that his, possiblbly, most iconic photo is rather badly focused: http://www.howardgreenberg.com/attac...aa2c002a4b988e for me this was quite an eye opener


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LOVE this Kuuan, really good indeed! I also agree with what you noted about that classic girl on a scooter shot. I came to a similar conclusion last year... if you go back and look at the most iconic photos of the 20th century, it's amazing how many of them might not be technically perfect, especially in terms of focus. Just goes to show, the image either works or it doesn't and what's technically 'correct' doesn't necessarily impact upon our subjective appreciation of 'successful' art.

To that point, I already have that young woman on a scooter shot printed out alongside hundreds of other images, all on postcard sized prints. I like to look through great photography prints and books rather than read about new equipment and the like, it's more useful to me. The thing is, I had never even noticed before that it was out of focus, and I've always loved that shot. Funny isn't it?
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And another one, Fomapan 400, Nanjing, China
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Both of those work great, nice shots. (I have also recently been wondering about how Fomapan 400 looks at night. Answer = just great).
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Too bad this thread could not be merged with the "sharpness is a bourgeois concept" thread. Both threads are great and it would be a shame to lose either.
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The first one is sublime, quite ethereal and really works!
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The first one is sublime, quite ethereal and really works!

I agree his set is great and first one with the old Asian gentleman particularly stands out.
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Contax G1 .... out of focus

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