I was really inspired by this post from Raj. Just take a minute to go through it all. He has a bunch of examples to help understand the concept. And Helen’s post just blew me away. Please take a few minutes to check them out. You are guaranteed to learn something.
I tried panning this summer with horrible results. The key is to match your subject’s speed and click away as you move together with them. (please correct this if I am wrong). Here is an example
It isn’t an easy task and it took about 200 photos to produce two that weren’t blurry in the right spots. [I had a lot of success following my daughter down a slide, so if you are curious about this technique, I would start there.]
I could pull more examples out of my archives but that defeats the purpose of the lesson, doesn’t it? The purpose is to blur with intention. I had an idea of using a wide aperture to create a beautiful bokeh of glittering snow. The day I set out to do this, the frost wasn’t as refractile as it needed to be. (I am not even sure if it will work since highlights are generally white and snow is white. My attempts resulted in just large blobs of white all around but I am going to keep trying). During this little escapade, the snow began to fall off the trees so I shifted my stance and caught this
I am wondering if the resulting image is too soft? I had increased my aperture and waited for more snow to fall so more of the branch would be in focus, but I waited and waited and waited… well you know how it goes.
And just because tis’ the season for glittery lights, here is a picture where everything is purposely blurred (tutorial here )
Looking forward to your critique, Raj.
Happy clicking everyone 🙂