Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused


This weeks photo challenge was not my favorite. Ideas I had either turned out smudgy and stupid, or had me cursing my camera. Since other than it’s flash my camera and I normally get along swimmingly it was frustrating experience.

Things I have learned this week:

-While having an auto focus is usual handy/excellent/nice/wonderful/easy sometimes a manual option would be really nice!

-My camera won’t do they very cool zoom while capturing technique I read about here.

-In effort to replicate Anne’s very cool effect in her cheetah pictures I discovered that I can’t get far enough away from the neighbors cows.

-I’m never getting rid of my creeping charlie.

-Tripods are essential for taking super zoomed in pictures even when they are of moving things like butterflies.

Today making a last ditch effort for something reasonable I was trying to zoom way in on something hoping to get a similar watercolor effect as the cheetahs had. I was hoping for a “watercolor” pastoral scene, chickens, ducks, cows, sheep… no such luck. Then I realized that the creeping charlie was in full bloom and the yard was swarming with bees and butterflies. Ivy and saw seven different kinds of butterflies and four different kinds of bees, all looking for those tiny purple flowers in the lawn! Unfortunately, even though they aren’t super crisp pictures, the butterflies weren’t what I would call “unfocused.”  So I aimed my camera at the only other spot of color in the yard, which happened to be a bunch of chives, zoomed as far in as I could and finally came up with something that I think fits the unfocused bill. Completely unedited it has a bit of that painting sort of feel, just by going to the extreme of the digital zoom.  I never would have thought to try anything like that before seeing the cheetah pictures, thank you Anne for the idea!

Here is one of my fairly focused butterfly photos… …now let’s get on to the next challenge!!!

3 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

  1. Rick Diffley says:

    Understand you frustration! Each camera has its limitations. I began with a P&S, got the bug to do create better images, and purchased my 1st DSLR a Nikon D70.

    With this challenge could try a quick movement with your camera in any direction when you press the shutter button. Just takes some experimenting, or a new camera (-:

    • Jessie says:

      Yup, limitations on this camera are much better than the last point and shoot that’s for sure! I’ll have to try the quick movement idea and see if I have any luck!

  2. Thinkbigmuch says:

    You took a frustrating theme and got a cool shot. I don’t like things out of focus. It makes me want to TRY AGAIN!!!

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