I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to complete this challenge. Unfocused photos can be a brilliant win or a complete fail, and there’s a super fine line between them. I’ve certainly taken unfocused photos in my time, plenty of them, and some I’ve even considered to have some artistic merit, but to be honest I’ve rarely, so rarely, been brave enough to share them with anyone, for fear that I’m on the wrong side of that fine, fine line. I think it takes an artistic eye better than mine to judge a blurry photo well.
Here first is one of the few I’ve shared. I’d love to say I planned this but actually the poor quality of the photo that led me to the heavy post-processing is due to a colossal mistake. Basically, if you’re photographing from the bright light of daylight into the dim light of indoors at night, don’t forget to remove your polarising lens. My head left a dent in the table when I realised that one. Anyway, all was not lost. Here is a beautiful friend of mine and her lovely new husband during their first dance.
But, a challenge should be challenging. So here’s one of those unfocused photos that I’m not convinced should see the light of day.
Is it a black blob on blue, or love by the sunlit sea?
And finally, one I’m least sure about of all.
Bright lights, bigger city. This is Las Vegas. For me it encapsulates how Las Vegas feels; it’s one helluva crazy neon-lit town. But it’s also just a blurry shot of some street lights taken from a moving car. Art or dustbin?