One Man’s Blur, Is My…


Hay Cart 20160207

ART.

I was out for a photo ride last weekend, looking for “broken” homes.  On the drive, we passed by this lone cart in a field.   I loved the way it stood there all by itself.

This was taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56.   Now it so happens that I love this little lens.  Not your typical Lensbaby.  If you’re happy with a 50mm ish (it’s actually 56mm) lens on your camera, you really never need to take this one off.  At small apertures, it behaves much like my Nikon 50mm.  BUT, open it up to 2 or 1.2 (the widest), and beautiful things happen.  Also, at about 5 inches from your subject, it’s an excellent 1:2 macro.  Love it!

Anyway, back on topic.  I got home and began looking through some of the photos I took.  I liked quite a few of them, but this one, without a doubt was my favorite.  I pointed it out to my husband.  He looked at it for a minute, and I could tell that he was not seeing what I saw.  So, okay, that’s fine, but then he did the unthinkable!  He reached for his glasses.  Yup, I knew what was coming, as he exclaimed, “It’s blurry!!”  Now really, what defense did I have??  Well, yes, it’s blurry, but not your normal blurry.  It’s a nice blurry.  It’s supposed to be blurry, and I happen to REALLY love the blurry in this one!

Happy Valentines Day to each of you, and thank you for being here!  xo.

Categories: Just There

39 comments

  1. No need for an argument about blurry photos. If one doesn’t “see” it no argument will change that. Nevertheless you photo is gorgeous. I really like the dreamlike quality of the blurry effect. I have never tried a Lensbaby but have long be thinking of giving it a try. 🙂

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  2. The blur gives it a bit of mystery. Love it! It’s funny I had to get glasses last year because up close, things were becoming a bit of a blur so I am lol-ing at your hubby’s observation/comment.

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  3. Such a lovely shot — the blur creates this sense of stepping back in time. What fun to be experimenting with a new lens.

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  4. This made me smile – that comment could have been made by my husband, too! 🙂 I love it in all it’s blurry and beauty!

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  5. Ahh, the light is just perfect and those rounds of hay – a quintessential element in farmland. There is a hashtag for that – #blurryonpurpose – simply dreamy…..

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  6. LOL! Mine would have done the same thing. I think it’s beautifully blurry! Some of mine just end up badly blurred.

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  7. Definitely blurry makes beautiful sometimes! I cleaned my camera and lenses today and switched to the 50mm lens, I’ll probably leave it on for quite a while with the future travels. So much easier to carry around, it’s sharp and one can manage landscape photos as well! Can’t wait for some photography time once baby L. is in grandparents’ hands! My blog is suffering!

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  8. it’s me again. You have me really thinking deeply about “blur”. It’s funny that, although as I’ve mentioned I’m not a fan of Lensbaby, I absolutely love other blur. Of course I love the wide aperture blur, but in recent years I’ve also come to love certain images with all-over intentional blur. So I can’t seem to resolve the reason why I haven’t embraced the Lensbaby. I just had to share that. But the other reason I came back my dear is because I just re-read this quote I had in my little book of quotes and thought of you immediately as someone who totally embraces this concept, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust. You are a photographer I respect and admire.

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  9. well you see that’s what I love about ART. We each have our own preferences or ideas, likes, dislikes. I won’t lie in that I’m not a fan of Lensbaby but I certainly fully respect those who use it to create their art. Just as I know certain photos of mine absolutely don’t appeal to others, that’s okay too. And just because I’m not a Lensbaby fan, I still very much appreciate this image because of the subject first and foremost but the almost monochromatic colours in nature really appeal to me. I always love your art Lisa and admire your photographic vision.

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  10. It´s brilliant Lisa, love it !!!

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  11. The “purist” in me would normally be searching for the focal point… BUT, this one really works beautifully!! I think you have captured a real gem and true “photo art”, Lisa! I love your edit too! I’d love to learn how to effectively use textures. Have you ever done Youtube tutorials on how you apply your textures?? I’d most definitely love to learn from you, my friend. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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  12. I could not find anything like this in my place , probably because of the different cultures . BTW what it rolls over the cart ?

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  13. Lovely capture Lisa. Photography has so many options and effects. The blur adds something to this image but to be really honest, I mostly prefer images which are sharp in at least the focal area.

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  14. Myself, I think I get way to wrapped up in preventing “blurry”. A soft focus can be nice as your shot proves.

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  15. Oh yes, a fine blur here!! A fantastic rural scene with such beautiful tones. Nicely done, Lisa.

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  16. We “get” blurry! And the tones are splendid too. I’ve always admired Lensbaby images and wished I had such a lens…But I will continue to live vicariously through the work of others…like you…!

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  17. I like the “blurry” 🙂 I’ve always wanted to try a Lensbaby.

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  18. Oh my gosh. That is so funny that he grabbed his glasses!

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  19. a “photo ride”….i go on those all the time!! i don’t usually have a theme, well i do, but my theme is “good stuff”!!! that’s an awesome image you shared!!!!

    you are “technical” i am goofy…in all aspects of interest that we share!!!!

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  20. Ah! So much of this is personal, isn’t it? We all like different things, but I strongly believe that there is no such thing as a ‘wrong’ photograph. And if you have taken it, and you like it … well then it’s perfect!! And who can argue?
    And by the way … it IS lovely!! 🙂

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  21. It’s lovely. I didn’t used to like blurry in photography but now I do. And I also like crisp…just depends 🙂

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  22. My husband would probably say the same thing! It brings out the nostalgia for me, a time in my childhood when the countryside was dotted with working farms. I would stop for this too (with groans from my children if they were with me – resignation and acceptance if it was my husband 🙂 I have been looking at a Lensbaby… thanks for the info.

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  23. I see your “nice blurry” and I agree! But I can also understand your husband’s point of view, because I’ve been nearsighted since childhood and have spent a lifetime seeking to overcome visual blurriness. I do like the image — very much — but the backstory made me laugh! 🙂

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  24. I love the blurry vibe of the photo. So tranquil! Nice work Lisa!

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  25. That’s funny. Bokeh is an art form – tell him that. Love the photo, Lisa.

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  26. Blurry brings a soft dreamlike quality to images and that is what your Lensbaby has done here. I had to laugh at your husband’s reaction! I like to do soft focus sometimes because I love the way everything flows and blends together, especially in macro shots!

    I’m getting used to your new space here. I like the title: A Sketchbook of Days!

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  27. Lovely composition in this shot, Lisa. I like the roundness of the hay and the wheels for some reason .. maybe the circularity creates harmony. And the blurriness adds a soft texture … it’s artistic indeed. You know, I rarely show my photographs to my husband because he doesn’t always “get” them. We all view things in different ways … and creative people tend to see what others don’t always notice. Happy Valentine’s Day xx

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  28. I agree with you…”it’s a nice blurry!” A couple of years ago, I considered Lensbaby…but decided I need to work with what I have. I think I’m going backwards, for some reason.

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  29. It’s a beautiful shot Lisa and Happy Valentines Day to you.

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  30. Fabulous, the cart and wrapped straw, brilliant photo.

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  31. Blurring is its beauty, for me, is what embellishes it … so this image looks like a remembrance, it’s far lovely, … truly !

    Hope you’re having a Most Beautiful Valentine’s Day,
    I wish you a wonderful new week ahead,
    with so much love
    Dany

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  32. Hi Lisa,
    this sceery is wonderful and lovely. Amazing !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  33. Lisa, this is a wonderful and very artistic image. It’s not so easy to work with Lensbaby but you did a fantastic job with it.

    Wish you a nice week and creative!

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  34. I don’t own a Lensbaby but understand its purpose and its provenance for creating beautiful ‘soft’ images… by design.

    Your image is for all a perfect example of the exaggeration one is able to create like artists with a paint brush. Beautiful work, Lisa!

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  35. That made me chuckle, so much talk is about how sharp you can get a image it seems but I love all of my Lensbaby’s just for that reason the blur. Some people get it and some don’t and that is ok. Love your blur and your vision Lisa.

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  36. Beautiful in “blurry”….that’s they way I see without glasses. I love it…It’s perfect!

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