|Into the flow|
We've been taught from an early age that sharpness, precision, clean lines and keeping the color within them are all signs of perfection. If we fall a little short on any of these fronts, conventional wisdom would have us toss the results out.
In other words, there's one definition of success, and you're not supposed to argue the point.
Needless to say, I disagree with this way of looking at the world. Who's to say that a drawing composed of mostly outside-the-lines coloring is a failure? Who decided that a lesss-than-tack-sharp photo should end up in the recycling bin?
This occurred to me as I stood on the muddy riverbank and composed this shot. I was in the deep shadows cast by the high forest, and the lack of light was very much an issue for me. I tried to use the fastest possible shutter speed for the light that I had, but every shot that came out was meh. Actually, they were technically fine: sharp waves, nice reflections, the perfectly composed and exposed shot.
But they didn't sing, didn't tell a story, didn't make you wonder where it was all going. I could hear the burbling water in my ears, feel the breeze on my arms and almost feel the magic of this place throughout my body. But the static, perfectly frozen picture did nothing to convey that feeling.
So I threw it into manual, ignored the meter and had some fun with handheld long exposures (hint: get to your Zen spot, then stay there.) Every time I look at the resulting shot, I can hear the water and feel the breeze.
Thematic celebrates blurred vision
this week, so if you've got blurry, wavy, out-of-focus stuff to share, have at it. Simply upload it to your blog, website or whatever other online service you use, then leave a comment here letting folks know where to find it. Visit other participants, and share your results via Twitter - using the #ThematicPhotographic
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. Thanks...and have fun!