I love trying new things. I’m not always happy with them, but sometimes, the results surprise me. This happens to be one of those times.
I was playing around with a bowl of tangerines trying to capture the vibrant orange color. Everything I shot was too detailed, and I realized I was getting frustrated with the whole process. I didn’t want to showcase the dimpled exterior of the fruit – I wanted to capture the color and the shape. So, I did something counter-intuitive for me: I unfocused.
Generally I hate blurry photographs. Now that digital is king, we all seem to be pushing for the sharpest image possible with all the detail you can see in real life. The more detail the better! If anything, oversharpened images are as bad as blurry ones – and sometimes worse. This image though, goes so far beyond blurry it’s no longer a photograph in my opinion.
It’s not blurry because I shot with a longer shutter speed than my camera could handle, or because I moved the wrong way when I tried to steady the camera. No, this is a deliberate, careful adjustment to the focus – I wanted the image to blur to the point that the colors and light patterns became shapes. I’m happy with it.
Granted, this certainly isn’t a new concept for the rest of the photography world. It’s probably something you’ve seen a million times and written off as blurred crap. Still, it’s new for me. I’ve always tried to capture that perfect shot, and to deliberately strive for imperfection is something strange for me. Liberating really. And rather fun!