Our challenge this week is to 'use focus to abstract.' As a photographer and a new photographer at that, trying to use a 'lack of focus' to create an image seems foreign to me, uncomfortable even. I would imagine as I gain more experience I will become more comfortable with this idea but right now it isn't comfortable for me at all. I think this concept is particularly difficult when dealing with dogs or perhaps I am just not extremely creative (and that could be it too!) I can't wait to see what the others do with this assignment and perhaps I'll get some inspiration from them. Our instructions were to spend a day getting over our need for sharp focus. I can without a doubt say I've spent every moment behind the camera trying to capture sharp focus. TACK. SHARP. FOCUS.
We were instructed to create a body of art and post several images. Here is the reason why I'm not doing that: As a new photographer, I am trying to attract new customers. If a potential new client were to scroll through images on my blog and see a post of extremely blurry photos without reading the intention of the exercise, they would certainly get the wrong message. I'm afraid my attempts at using focus to abstract didn't result in images I loved. So, while I really appreciate the intention of this exercise and I love doing these each week, below is the one photo I'm posting.
I used curves in photoshop to draw your eye even more to my dog Willow's tongue. (Let me tell you, that was trial and error. I don't really get 'curves.') With curves I was able to blur the majority of her white fur so you loose the outline of the top of her head but her eyes and pink tongue are still distinguishable.
And yay to Willow for being my model this week. She is 10 years old, 11 in May and she has always been afraid of certain sounds. The sound of a train is her biggest fear which took us awhile to figure out when we adopted her 4 years ago. Over the past year, she has developed a dislike for the clicking sound my camera makes so she isn't my model very often. (Even with the beep turned off when the camera focuses, she still doesn't like the clicking of the shutter release.) Such a shame too because she has beautiful eyes.
I seriously can't wait to see what Northeast PA pet photographer, I Got The Shot Photography does with this assignment. Be sure to click the link to find out and then click the link at the bottom of each post to see what each photographer does!