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Blurred

Why would someone want to make blurred photographs? That's a question I asked myself when I started making pictures. Now I love blurring.

Whereas ICM is basically in-camera, blur is predominantly done during post-processing. The intention is to create abstracts. In my view the origin doesn't have to be recognisable, as long as colours, composition, texture or structure (preferably a combination of the aforementioned) form an interesting package.

Hydrangea

The bouquet I gave to my wife for her birthday turned out to be as enjoyable for her as for me. Amongst other things, it contained one giant hydrangea. I took a few shots, layered the ones that were nearly but not completely identical, gave each of them an increasing opacity so you could see what was under them. Then moved them around a bit and that was it.

--- 17 Oct 2020, Est (NL) ---

Hydrangea in bouquet

Change path in Photoshop

Another way of blurring an image is really great fun. No doubt you know apps that you can use on a smartphone to make someone fatter, thinner, change a nose or other body parts that are deemed unfashionable sizewise ☺. This technique's core is path blur and that's what I have used with this dried autumn leaf (originally a scan, not a picture). If you look closely you can see what lines I used to change the image and where I allowed it to converge or diverge.

--- 30 July 2016, Est (NL) ---

King Frog near the pond

Kniphofia Grandiflora

A fantastic, colourful flower. It looks like a rocket. They're doing well in the subtropics and that's where I shot the original, on Tenerife. The pull-and-pinch technique has been used more ferociously in this case to blur this picture. For me the result is a prehistoric raptor that could feature in a Playstation game. Click on the link below to see what the original shot was.

--- 4 Jan 2012, El Desierto (E) behind the screens ---

Frog in pond just revealing the eyes

Fine detail

More subtlety is applied is this image, which originally is an owl's feather. Its structure is unaltered by keeping the lines tightly together.

--- 19 Aug 2007, Est (NL) ---

Owl's feather

Phantasy

The basis of this image is exactly the same as the one above. And that's a great aspect of blurring: you can just start with a rough idea and then go on creating an entirely new image. I used two different versions, blended them and added some colour. For me this is unlimited phantasy.

--- 19 Aug 2007, Est (NL) ---

Owl's feather

Gas fire

You're a hero if you recognise a Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii, the orange plant with the interesting bowl-like flowers, in this smartphone picture. It's an amalgamation of several versions derived from it using the 'pinch and push' blur path in Photoshop. After that I layered them, changed sizes, opacity, portrait orientation to landscape, et cetera.

--- 19 Aug 2007, Est (NL) ---

Gas fire

A softer approach

This is Fragrant delight, one of the roses in our garden accompanied by a few strands of Verbena.

--- 6 Sep 2009, Est (NL) ---

Just Joey

Bad weather

Bad weather was looming at the coast of Altea and I had arranged a sailboat to be on that very spot. Not true. This picture consists of three layers of the same image, one of them used blur to make the Mediterranean a bit softer, one of them enhanced the sand.

--- 29 Apr 2017, Altea (E) ---

Mediterranean at Altea

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