Artistic blur – part two

artistic blur 1

Artistic blur created after the photo was taken,
using Picasa and the focal zoom effect.
artistic blur 2
More blur…this is called the softened look, also from Picasa.

artistic blur 3

I love the cubist effect created in Gimp. It’s about 
the only thing I can do with Gimp, but at least it’s fun.
There are times when making an image blurry is what a person wants to do, and now there are so many creative ways to do it, and so many different programs, free and not free, that give the tools you need.  
To read more about creating artistic blur, click on the button below!  

Ways to Blur An Image

This week, for Exploring With A Camera, the challenge is to blur an image on purpose, using different ways to mess with your subject.  I used 3 different methods that made simple images look abstract. (Have to admit that this was fun!)

I held a drinking glass in front of the lens to get this look.  The actual subject is a small painting I created a couple years ago. 

Then I stood behind a sheer curtain and used the remote for my camera to get this image.  The only thing I have done post processing is crop the image and give it the sepia tones.  

This little faded flag was literally flapping in the cold winter breeze at the park yesterday.  I slowed the shutter down considerably so that it would be blurred.

It’s called Artistic Blur, and Kat Sloma has some fabulous examples of it, as well as a great tutorial with ideas for trying it.  Click on the button below to learn more!



Exploring the lights of the night

Lima Ohio Courthouse

After yesterday I was not sure if I could do anything really creative today, but such was not the case.  Art does save us in many ways, no matter what that art form may be.  Picking up the camera and looking for the light this evening helped bring me back to the present. 

It helped that I had something to work on!  Kat Sloma announced another topic for us to Explore with our cameras, the lights of night.  It did my heart good to pick up the camera and play with it some today.    Using my 50mm lens I did a bit of exploring right around the time that the sun went down, between 5:00 and 5:30pm.  I set the camera in shutter priority, did not use a tripod, and gained a new appreciation of this wonderful, simple lens.
Though I did try to photograph holiday lights, I found that it was more fun to look at businesses that were open and see how the light came through the windows. This last image is my favorite.

Hot soup sold here

To get some excellent pointers on how to get decent night time images be sure to click on the button below and read what Kat has to offer. 

Saturday’s Featured Images

For the Saturday Featured Image this week I’m also sharing my exploration of the use of space, linking with Kat and her Exploring With A Camera series.  She asks a couple of important questions…”How do you allow space? Is space only created by a big open sky?”  And the answer is no, there are many creative ways to use space as we compose our images.  

I did use the expanse of blue sky to help frame this little sparrow on top of a shed.
 To draw your eye just to the clover I composed this image using the space around it. 
The nice blurred background is a wooded area. 
I know that I was not actually thinking about the use of space in any of these images.
Seems that with time and practice it became part of what I do.
It was easy to create space around this leaf floating in a pond.
I love what the use of space can do for an image.  
That statement, “Less is more,” really applies here. 
Truth be told, I just like this one.  It uses the expanse of the grass
in the foreground as space which I think leads your eye to the shadows.
The space of the broken wall serves as a frame for the space you see beyond
the destruction.  Yes, you see more destruction, but the contrasting light and color
is what catches your eye. 

The Exploring With A Camera series is fun, informative, and free.  If you click on the link below you will be able to view the many different topics that have been explored by Kat and so many others.  Even if you did not want to post your images online, you could practice with these topics and see the difference it can make.  I hope you’ll take a moment to check it out.