29 June 2015
I. Shot in Camera+ without Post Processing
II. Shot in Hipstamatic
III. Shot in Camera+ and Post Processed in Mextures
Let me know which you prefer and why. I suggest that you click on each image to enlarge.
The state of photography is a topic that sparks words to fill white pages (digital and print) over and over, turning them into black-and-white oddities and wonders. My fingers touch a few letters on my computer. They reappear in front of my eyes as well as countless (numerous, some or few) others’, which seems an unfathomable concept. But here we are witnesses to images and words being spread in seconds across lands and surfaces that mesmerize even the most knowledgeable.
The photograph is an apt example of the never-ending seduction that a cyber-riddled world inspires. Our immediate and distant universes are infused with narrative through instant visual stories. During past centuries word of mouth and oral history enabled stories to survive and flourish. Now we have the digital seemingly silent yet vocal photograph to measure cultural change and evolution, building a new kind of “architectural” pictorial archive.
Daily I consider how social media pivots each framed history. Lately I’ve been reading numerous articles, especially in Aperture (the printed version) that build dialogues about (what I call) the blurred lines created by this new platform—a platform that gives each of us opportunity, sometimes even a few seconds of fame. Even more extraordinary is a person’s work can be discovered, and catapulted to new levels of recognition and a more sustained notoriety.
I am amazed that anyone has ever found me on the Internet, yet they have. Through this media I’ve had and continue to have some milestones, which surprise me as they wedge their way into my life. Blurred lines is my phrase for this rant. It seems the appropriate combination for photography’s trajectory and each of our own trajectory on this blogging journey. The ethereal, the mystical, the blurred can describe many parts of the whole of our visual culture.
In the Lens section are my subtle and not-so-subtle examples of this theme. A single spring black-stemmed hydrangea has entered a final stage, dried and still gorgeously delicate with its lace-like bravado. It still has much to offer. When the out-of-focus effect takes over its design and shape, it becomes something else, yet recognizable. Some blurred images are totally anew, they convey a true deviation from reality, which is very much what the Internet and its social media can achieve with one touch of our intention.
Tip of the Week: The blurred photograph can be made with a slow or quick move of your camera or Smartphone. A fast lens can be enlisted (Smartphones in manual mode) to create the effect. Or there are a number of apps that can turn a focused image into a blurred one. Often the final image can have a softer and more visually interesting effect. The out-of-focus can be in foreground, background or the entire shot. FX Photo Studio has a feature to blur an image. Click here to read about it in iTunes App Store. Bokeh is a technique that originated in Japan, and blurs parts of the photograph intentionally. That out-of-focus gives its recipient a patina that incites close attention or no attention at all. It’s a conundrum of the way that individuals view our visual landscape and the real reality or virtual reality of photography.
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Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.
If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.