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):
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.