Friday, July 13, 2012

Blurry Thursday Night

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


Shadowy Foreground



Did you forget something?

Freedom
Headphones

Shoppers Paradise

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. 

23 comments:

  1. Hey mate,

    I actually like this series alot....

    Nice Nice!!

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  2. I totally agree, don't be so harsh on yourself!!

    Take good care!

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    1. Thanks Bert, still exploring here !

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  3. Cool photos, Robin, but now I need to take some Dramamine!

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    1. Hey Gregg, oh dear, hope you did have some somewhere !

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  4. Donald W Leitzel7/13/2012 06:12:00 AM

    Robin

    To quote famous American Photographer & Author Rick Sammon, "One blurry image is bad several blurry images become a style".

    Your images and commentary always inspire. Keep sharing.

    Don from America

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    1. Hey Don,
      Thanks !! Still at trial and error stage, not becoming a style yet, not sure if I want it in my style haha !

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  5. i think clark kent in smallville was called The Blur...and he is awesome and Robin, your pictures are awesome too...

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    1. Thanks Kelvin, still not quite get it yet, but will try more.

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  7. so very creative...i am so loving your blog..

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    1. Thanks llias !! Still learning here !

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  8. Hello Robin,
    Thank you for sharing.
    See once, not to my liking.
    See twice it's an art, I love it. (actually I am very bad in blurring motion, need lots of practice)
    Seen the 3rd time, I have a thought like this.."Robin is really good in his craft."
    May you have a great day. As for me, I have another company event photo session at 3.00pm.
    Ops! I almost forget. Thank you for your blog on 'FLASH' which I read yesterday. It really help in my yesterday evening photo session. Your method works and those beautiful ladies' skin look great as compare to the harshness of my earlier shots.
    Happy shooting.
    John Ari Ragai

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    1. Hello John,
      Thanks for the kind comments. I am very glad my sharing has helped in whatever small way that it can, and yes, Flash being used in a good manner can really improve photographs !

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    2. Could you post the link of that blog about flash?

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    3. Hey Zeljko, here it is
      http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2012/06/first-experience-shooting-prom.html

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  9. interestingly I was just talking to a couple of friends about how sharp your photos were and this morning reading this entry. I actually like it, very creatively done.

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  10. As always - great story & pictures.
    Keep going on!

    Zeljko

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  11. As always - great story & pictures.
    Keep going on!

    Zeljko

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  12. The low shutter speed aproach is a world on itself.
    A very good and refreshing set. Well done!

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  13. Great stuff! It is funny how you have to work just as hard to make a blurry photo good - that right there says something about what makes a good photo. Sharpness is overrated in its role of making great images.

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