FROM PAULA: If you are anything like me three years ago, you are going to curse today’s theme. Since then, however, I developed a liking for unfocused in photography. I became aware of how nice it is to have your main subject isolated by shallow depth of field, how to accentuate parts of images by selective focusing, how to make model-like scenes imitating tilt and shift effect. My liking of the unfocused went a step farther. I decided to make the whole image unfocused and liked the dreamy feel of it in the image that showcases a well-known symbol of my town.

You may take different approaches to this subject. You can take a photo where part of the image is unfocused or like me you can make it unfocused all the way. No matter how you obtained it, whether on purpose or by a happy accident, show me the lack of focus or should I say – the presence of unfocused – in your images.

In order to obtain unfocused you may choose to focus in front or beyond your main subject and make sure to choose wide aperture. Also, try to use manual focusing mode to avoid camera’s attempt to find something to focus on.

And now, two watercolors on a post-snowstorm morning.




    1. I suppose you had to see the original. But also, I just couldn’t give up the falling snow. I loved the falling snow. I’ll have to try again. But to be fair, these were not taken intentionally to be unfocused. They were shot in focus, then de-focused with software. It’s easier when you take it “soft” from the start. And I swapped out the first picture. The flower is more to the point.

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    1. Thank you. I’m finding the most difficult part of successfully “artifying” a photograph is matching the effect to the picture. Each effect works a bit differently and some effects look great on one photo, but not on another. i sure am having fun trying, though 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Max. I like both the watercolors, though they are a bit more abstract than I wanted. I’m truly enjoying learning what the various painting effects can do. It turns out, you can’t run a filter on any picture and get a good result. There’s a bit more to it than that. But it really IS fun.


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