Thursday, 3 September 2009

'Truth' may be a blur

Here are two examples showing off focus and blurring within the same photo. The photo on the left was manipulated by the camera. The depth of field is shallow if you focus on something near to you like a buttonhole flower. The guests in the background are blurred because they are not within the depth of field of the camera lens.

On the right I have contrived a blur effect on the computer. The 'focus' is placed on the ring but you get an idea of the setting with the blurred background. Whether the photo is contrived on the computer or contrived by the camera, the result is a photo that may be pleasing to those concerned. When Manet painted his lilies his eyesight was failing. His 'truth' was a blur and you may like the blur anyway.

Happy snapping

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