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Assignment: PCA125 – Intentional Blurs

OCT3-OCT17 2010

Image Tag: pca125

From: Fastball95 (Steve)



Attempt to create an artistically appealing image using one of the many ways to create an intentional Blur.

This technique is gaining popularity in the Landscape and Nature Photo world rapidly. Look around at various print pieces for book covers, magazines and print ads, You will see less detail and more blur.


So the concept here is to attempt (knowing this is not easy, the attempt is the key in learning this process) an intentionally blurred photograph.

The preference here is NOT to create the blur in software.


Be aware of composition here, use the lines and motion as well as the changes in color since nothing is going to be in focus.



I went hiking with Anne today in the White Mountains. We went up a path called Falling Waters which gave me plenty of opportunities for capturing blur in waterfalls (which were going to be my fallback).


On the way to the first water crossing, I tried a few tricks including walking quickly toward Anne with the shutter open, jumping off a rock and panning very quickly past fall foliage.


The image of me rushing toward Anne caught my eye when I got home. There are interesting shapes and lines in here and Anne is discernable as a person in the shot too.


I used Lightroom 3.0 to process the image. Increased the contrast and saturation a little. The camera had overexposed it a little so I adjusted for that.

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Taken on October 17, 2010