Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Blur on Purpose--Photography Technique

by: Kristina Rust

Have you seen the hashtag #bluronpurpose on Instagram?  I kept seeing very cool images with a subtle bit of blur popping up in my Instagram feed and loved the artistic, dreamy look but had the hardest time capturing this type of imagery with my iPhone.

I found out that the trick to getting these types of images, is to tap your screen to focus on an area that you actually do not want in focus which makes the rest of the image blurry.  For example, in the photo below, I tapped on the upper right hand corner of the sky, which made the iPhone think that it should focus on that point.  And while you do this, you have to quickly snap the photo.  It takes practice but with patience you'll get the shot.

Here are a few I snapped while in San Francisco a month or so ago.  I love how the car tail lights turn into this amazing bokeh.  And how the Ferry Building looks so dreamy in the background.

The photo below is my absolute favorite.  I was walking through the Ferry Building heading back to my car and it was late.  The crowds were gone and I just stood there, taking in the lights when this lone person walked into my frame....perfection!

When I showed these images to my husband, he was less than impressed.  I don't think that he got my artistic vision.  Ah well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?

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