07 May 2012
II. Flowers and Leaves
Let me know which image is your favorite. And which one captures the essence of your definition of the word unfocused?
WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge provides yet another chance for individual interpretation. Thankfully, that leeway to go left, right or center is part of the limitless opportunities of the photographer’s lens. Each person becomes a visionary to produce an unrestrained explanation for the unfocused. And the challenge allows us to view other entries, thereby enlarging our own conceptualization. You can click here to see their work.
Unfocused can be defined in several ways. When the photographic subject or subjects are out of focus, the image might: not be discernible (#1), be slightly recognizable (#3, 5, 6), or be apparent (#2, 4). Or parts of the image can be in-and-out of focus (#7). In my visual explanations of the challenge, each can claim to be within the definition of the unfocused.
The still photograph offers pure experimentation, which is part of the beauty of the Weekly Challenge. We can push our own level of comfort through the door of the unknown, especially managing depth of field. While it seems easy to produce an out-of-focus image, it can be tricky. Sure, most of us have taken piles of blurry images, but that’s simply a by-product of human, mechanical and technical interaction. Sometimes, just sometimes, the unplanned unfocused image can be magical and whimsical.
Usually a photographer wants to stun viewers, and have them captivated in the moment of seeing, which results in multi-faceted or precise visual memories. But to produce an out-of-focus image and achieve the same “wow” factor or even an acceptable rendering is truly the challenge of this challenge.
A sampling of life’s journey includes a meandering on an unfocused path. That ambling can bring a crystalline sparkle or dim lights or lack of clarity. But in that process of exploration often the out of focus instigates a new understanding, which is unbound with possibilities. And so these weekly photo challenges offer, even in the unfocused, a chance for personal illumination, a chance to reconfigure our reality.
Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or my blog.