Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is: Blur.
Our instructions: This week, we’re supposed to keep our cameras purposefully unfocused, and “find beauty in a blur.”
Wait. I’m supposed to blur my photo . . . on purpose? I’m twitching a little. I’m the one who compulsively deletes photos that aren’t in focus. This is going to be awkward for me.
For this challenge, I returned to a previous subject, my African violets. I decided this was a good opportunity to practice a couple of photography techniques I have zippy experience with: panning and the zoom effect.
I will post the panning picture today, and the zoom effect tomorrow. (I think the Weekly Photo Challenge photos display better in the WordPress platform/feed if they are singular).
Panning is supposed to be used to emphasize or suggest movement (and you have to have a lot more experience than I do to pull it off successfully). Ideally, the subject is in focus and the background looks like it’s in motion. It’s supposed to be done with a moving subject, but I broke the rules by using a stationary subject, and no tripod. I used a slower shutter speed, and a slight downward-dragging motion of my camera when I took the picture.
You learn by experimenting, right?
I love the contrast of the magenta and green. And I like the way the white, ruffled edges of the violet look almost like they’re being vacuumed into the air. Other than that, it kind of makes me dizzy. 😉
ISO 200 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/6 sec