It’s All a Blur
Yes, another soft-focus, blurry flower photo! Do you mind? Well, if you do, I promise that the next post will be on something entirely different.
For now, though, while perusing the book I had referred to in the previous post, Botanical Dreaming; Using Photoshop, your camera, and your heart to create inspiring images by Mark S. Johnson, I came across this interesting quote by Katrin Eismann:
For many photographers, sharper is better; but for quite a few the softness, unpredictability, and serendipity of toy lenses and alternative process appeals on a deep emotional level that may be difficult to express in words but is wonderful to explore and learn from.
Eismann’s quote got me thinking and led me to ask you a few questions:
If you prefer soft-focused, dream-like photos, do you know why? Does that say something about your personality? Does it mean you like to “escape” into another world? Are you more an artist than a documentarian?
Conversely, if you prefer sharp-focused, realistic-looking photos, does that say something about your personality? Does it mean you tend to prefer facts over feelings? Are you perhaps someone who likes to “get to the point”?
I’m not purporting that one approach or style is better than the other. I simply find this to be an interesting topic, given that I continue to encounter folks who clearly (no pun intended) prefer one approach over the other. And as they express their preference, I can tell that it’s deeply held.
Let Me Have It
So what do you think? Have I shown one soft-focused, or over-saturated, or highly unrealistic artsy photo too many for your own taste?! Of course, in all honesty, although I’ll keep doing that, I do like a really good conversation. So please let me have your feedback.
Meanwhile, if you’re up to it, continue to the NEXT SECTION to see two more soft-focus flower photos. Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself!