Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Exploring with a Camera


This time around Exploring with a Camera is looking at blur created in post processing.  (Here's my post on creating in camera blur).  I love the different techniques to do this and the different effects and moods they create.  Follow the links for Kat's full post which is full of tips too.

Blur to create a painterly effect (on iphone):



A selfie using the blender app (iphone)



I took the image below on my phone but processed it in photoshop with a focal zoom technique using radial blur.  (I used the focal zoom tutorial on The CoffeeShop Blog).
I found with this technique that you have to have quite a light touch to avoid feeling totally sea sick, but I think it works well in this example, directing the focal point and giving it a slightly 'Alice down the rabbit hole' feel.




Love the moods that can be created using blur (these were created in photoshop using a mixture of blur and textures):

Dramatic:



or dreamy:



Lots of fun to play around with and really effective in enhancing the mood and feel of an image.  Thanks to Kat for hosting and follow the link for more blurry inspiration.




15 comments:

  1. I love how your first and last image look like a painting. These are all wonderful examples of post-processing blur. I'm disappointed that I missed last months in-camera blur-now that's fun!

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  2. Very cool effects! I'm going to give this a whirl.

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  3. You've explored well here Becs! I love the ways you've blurred to create effects...and I especially love the "down the rabbit hole" effect...really cool!

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  4. What a beautiful and interesting selection, Becs!

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  5. Becs - wonderful, wonderful examples of artistic blur - processing that beautifully enhances the images. Love them all - your painterly and blending effects; the fantastic focal zoom technique - a perfect use with that image; and your gorgeous textures. The last one of your daughter in the field is my absolute favorite - such a stunning image and so well processed to create a dreamy painterly world.

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  6. Love what you've done here, all of them are great!

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  7. Really wonderful, Becs.
    I especially love the last one here.
    Just perfect.

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  8. These are wonderful, Becs. Your last photo with the dreamy effect is brilliant. I love it!

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  9. Wow, Becs, wonderful examples all! The focal zoom image with the little girl (your daughter?) walking into that strange black and white tunnel is brilliant. And that multiple image selfie...are you doing your processing on your iPhone, or do you use an iPad?

    I am struck by the change and growth I've noticed in you as a photographer over the year and a half or so that I've been following you. You're an inspiration!

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    1. Hi Lee, thank you so much for your lovely comment, it has really made my week. :)
      I do my processing on my iphone - mostly because I haven't worked out how to transfer photos between my iphone and ipad (I suspect it's very simple, I just haven't actually done it yet!) and also because I process on my phone when I'm out and about and have a few minutes to spare.
      And yes, the little girl is my daughter. :)

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  10. Cool! I esp. like the last photo, so sweet! :)

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  11. Wow! These are fantastic! My favorites are the ones of your daughter! They're both beautiful composed and I love the spot of color her clothing gives in both of them! I also love your self-portrait! It's beautiful and mysterious!

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  12. Fabulous! Great examples of post-processing blur. I'm glad you are experimenting! The results are coming out wonderfully. I see your note above about transferring between iPad and iPhone - get the Photo Transfer App. It works great! I transfer all of my photos from iPhone to iPad that way, and then transfer all of the images (original and edits) from iPad to Lightroom using Lightroom's Import function for long term storage and organization.

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    1. Thanks Kat. Just checked out the app which looks great and love that it can be imported to Lightroom too.

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  13. Oh my goodness, I love all of these. The selfie is really cool.

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