Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

Life is but a blur

Great words – don’t know who said them but they are very true.  How often do you find yourself sitting back looking at old photos wondering where all the time went?  Time really does sometimes seem to fly by and if you are not careful you will be stuck in the slow lane.

This weeks photo challenge at The Daily Post is Blur.  A great category but one somewhat tough to represent in pictures – however always a valuable lesson in photography.  In today’s world of 30+ Megapixel digital cameras it is often the blurry pictures you never see, you instantly delete them and reshoot them.

Sometimes it is the blurriest photos that tell the best stories.  This shot back in 2005 while we were on a bus tour of Scotland - the poor little sheep were wandering down a narrow country laneway when our little bus happened across them.  Needless to say they got quite a shock and desperately tried to find any way off the road.  Love this shot, it was such a funny moment and even though the photo is blurry just looking back at it now takes me back that that bus trip.

Sometimes it is the blurriest photos that tell the best stories. This shot back in 2005 while we were on a bus tour of Scotland – the poor little sheep were wandering down a narrow country laneway when our little bus happened across them. Needless to say they got quite a shock and desperately tried to find any way off the road. Love this shot, it was such a funny moment and even though the photo is blurry just looking back at it now takes me back that that bus trip.

Using blur as a medium to tell your story is often quite powerful – as well it gives you the ability to learn from your mistakes and improve your photography.  My #1 rule of travel photography is to never delete a photo, no matter how bad it might look on the screen I keep it – you never know what hidden gems you might find when you get back home and review those images.  Sometimes it is those poorly framed, blurry photos that tell the best stories.

Use blur as a tool to show movement in your photo.  It is easily done by slowing down your shutter speed and holding the camera firm.

Use blur as a tool to show movement in your photo. It is easily done by slowing down your shutter speed and holding the camera firm.

Sometimes you can also help tell your story by the clever use of blurry images.  Take the image above – anyone who has been to Paris knows the insane roundabout that surrounds the Arc de Triomphe.  It is one of the most amazing examples of almost pure chaos in action.  It seems almost 24 hours a day this roundabout is chockers with cars coming from all directions – who in their right mind designed an intersection with 14 different roads attached to it?  A blur is the easiest word I can use to describe that traffic mayhem – yet oddly enough it seems to work.

Sometimes your environment seems to create the blur for you.

Sometimes your environment seems to create the blur for you.

And then there are the times where nature makes life just that little bit blurry all on it’s own.  I love this shot from near Alexanderplatz in Berlin.  The clock atop the Rotes Rathaus (Red Town Hall) reads 4:30pm yet the sky is a dark blurry mess.  My first ever Christmas in Europe and coming from the warm summer heat of Eastern Australian it was a novel concept to experience night-time at 4:30pm in the afternoon!  And the hazy/blurry/foggy sky was so hard to describe to people back home whereas I think this shot does the job.  Technically not a good shot but the blurriness I think tells it’s own story.


So yeah, don’t be afraid to shoot something blurry – it is often the shots which are not “technically” perfect which yield the best results.  Some of the best art hanging in galleries around the world are blurry/fuzzy/”odd” looking photos.

And above all get our there and see the world in all it’s blurry goodness!


If you liked this post please leave me a comment below and let me know what your favourite blurry images are?  Thanks for reading and have an awesome week.

 

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