The Crowd

By: Gustav Hoiland

Sep 13 2010

Category: lensbaby

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ISO:400
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Blurred Fervor

My continued use of a Lensbaby as of late has led me to shoot a whole new style alongside my somewhat routinized modus operandi. Normally I go out and shoot glimpses of potential beauty. When shooting with the Lensbaby I do that, but also generally snap off a couple of totally blurred beyond recognition shots, often without even composing them through the viewfinder. The lens is by default very blurry when at rest, requiring a full time left hand to meticulously massage it into focus for sharp images. So I just let go and snap a couple.

To be fair this wasn’t shot in the way described above, but it’s an excellent example of my newfound love for abstraction through total blur/not just having the background bokeh out. While more recognizable than context-less circles of light and strange shapes, this crowd scene may not immediately reveal itself.

Within the haze there is foreground and background. Up front we have the flowing strands of brown hair. In the middle are various limbs and heads and the orange of t-shirts. Further down the line is the lined track and the barely green grass beyond.

While the circles/ovals of color are still very appealing to me, I have developed much more of an appreciation for the great blurs awash here (and elsewhere) in the non-highlight-strewn parts of the image. The lines on the track expand and bulge. The shirts lose all texture and instead are seen only by patchy shading. At some points colors just flow together without even hinting at what they might have been cast from.

Oh the joy of new tools/toys.

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