Blur Spring Photos

I made these blur photos at Montgomery County Community College (where I go to work on poetry on Marathon days) back in April, 2019, when the trees were still bare but the lilacs were blooming.

You’ve seen my blur photos before. To make them, I move the camera around as the picture snaps. Best results come when the light is low and the shutter moves more slowly. I use a point and shoot camera – if you have one in which you set the exposure, a slow speed will work great. Try it, it’s fun to see what you get. Many photos will be worthless, but every so often a really nice one reliably comes along. Just keep pressing that button and waving the camera.

7 thoughts on “Blur Spring Photos

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I also wonder how when I choose the photos to keep and the ones to erase, what aesthetic is prompting me and I enjoy looking for a theme or a visual thread, I think as with my other avenues of art I am being more and more drawn to the impressions of things rather than their details.

  1. agnesashe

    Ah yes – I like this technique. It can make you consider colour and tonal depth more and line and overall form less, all virtually at an instant. Thanks for the reminder, just what I needed on a dreary Monday morning here.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you and you are welcome. I find as I get more involved in photography (meaning, I took more pictures, not that I am by any means really “involved” with it enough to know anything much!) I am not interested in taking shots of what is (unless I’m doing it for a reference photo or the like) but what kind of off type of things I can get the camera to do or I can do with it. It takes looking at things a little differently. I like that, it’s adventurous and yet can be done anywhere.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes. When I had my cataracts removed and the new lenses put in I lost my extreme nearsighted vision. I miss it though it’s safer for me to have eyes that are more functional in more situations. Maybe that is a reason I like these blur photos???!

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