Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2016

Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2016
Plus Post, Week 1, Unfocus and Pan #PlusPost  

This past week was a delightful blur of activity, travel, racing about, and in the midst of it all, I’m happily learning to view photography with unsharp eyes, and develop an appreciation for the creative expressions of BLUR in photography.
After just recently diving in to learn about the basics of my camera, the technicalities of focus, aperture, f/stops, shutter speed, (did I mention focus, Focus, FOCUS?) …I’m now enjoying the freedom afforded from the art of Intentional Camera Movement. So Much.

In my first visit to Nashville, Tennessee, over 3 short days I’ve managed to shoot over 1200 photos, and two or three of them didn’t turn out half bad. 🙂
What I’ve learned is that art of Blur/Unsharp/Zoom/Pan/ICM is entirely subjective, that the world is full of different perspectives, and that people can and do come together to help us see things in a whole new light. I’m grateful and excited to continue this journey with outstanding and enthusiastic mentors and photographers, because this is just the Freedom I’ve been longing for.

Many thanks to the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, and specifically Alex Lapidus for giving me the chance to expand on my love of the captured moment, and for teaching me a whole new twist to the art!

“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”
~Peter Adams


  1. I felt free to explore and experiment and try for things I had never even considered.
    I have learned so much from all the others who’ve gone before me and are experimenting along with me at this point very much grateful for your guidance and experience in Breaking the rules.
    Being a natural born rebel breaking the rules is right up my alley! 😉


  2. Fabulous plus post, writing and image BobbieZen ! Love the colors in your blur shot. Tennessee is a place I am looking forward to visit, so many beautiful locations to explore.


  3. Too much blur! Lol. I’m sure you’re still learning how to tune the blur just right, so I will take it easy. Anyways it’s all trial and error. You’re taking some awesome photos! Keep it up.


  4. I would have said the same thing prior to this mentorship. Michael TepidPenguin my eyes were trained to find focus.
    Past the technicalities of a properly exposed photograph, finding freedom in blur is highly subjective.
    And addictive. 🙂


  5. BobbieZen​ oh, it’s a beautiful photo, for sure. No, you’re right, the blur is subjective, there’s no “correct” way to do it. Just preferred by some.. more than others. If you like it, then that’s what’s important. I’m glad you shared it with your G+ family!


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