One of the comments in my previous blog entry hit me, it went something like this "I just love the sharpness", which was made in reference to the portrait photograph of the Indian lady, and it was indeed an image exhibiting high level of sharpness. I think, over the course of the blog review saga of Olympus gear, until the recent 75mm F1.8 lens, I might have over-emphasized on the sharpness part a bit too much. I admit, I am a little obsessed with sharpness, and no thanks to Olympus Zuiko lenses which must be handled with care, or you might accidentally cut your fingers off handling them.
I noticed ALL my photographs show a great deal of sharpness. Whether this is a good thing or not, is a subjective manner. Hence, I was out shooting about the usual hunting ground with a dear friend Luke, and I thought, why not, for once, lets make everything blurry for a change. It was an evening walkabout, so there was plenty of opportunity to play around with all kinds of motion blur. All I had to do was to slow down the shutter speed, and I engaged the Shutter Priority mode, alternating from 1/8sec to 1/20sec to vary the motion blurriness to be captured. Yes, blur was the main thought in mind and sharpness was not the objective of the night, but I did do my best to ensure my main subject stayed in focus (at least you can still see what the main subject is). This is probably one of the rare things I would do, but hey, this is the incredibly fun part about photography. If you are willing to explore and try out different things, there are endless possibilities out there, all you have to do is having the positive attitude to make the camera work.
All images were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Pancake 25mm F2.8 lens
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I do not think any of the photographs in this entry are good, heck, they all look more like failures. Nonetheless, I did like the change for once, not seeing absolute sharpness in my photographs. The blurry background and motion added to the dreamy feel which I never really tried before. There is plenty to work on my "slow shutter speed" shooting techniques, but hey, lets not fret too much about this. There will surely be more practice and more shooting session for trial and errors.
Luke Ding and his E-P3
It was after all, a very short shooting session. What did we do for the rest of the night? Had ourselves some sweet drinks and enjoying ourselves silly just chatting the evening away.