I thought I might explain and expand on the disappointment I expressed in my last post — which means today is a bit of a cheat, since most of the images and some of the thoughts here are not new, and have probably been seen and read a lot by a few of you (just be patient, Arlene & Ted!). But it’s a newish blog, and I’m newish to most of you, so there you are.
The flowers I posted yesterday were my latest effort at “deliberate defocus” — in color (cue horror movie sting, Tippi Hedren screaming in the background).
The subject popped into my brain because of my very poor eyesight — I’m so nearsighted that I bet I could find some dastardly opthalmalogist willing to declare me legally blind as long as I promise to split the disability payments that would surely result from such a diagnosis — and my efforts to explain to my husband what the world looks like when I don’t have my glasses on.
It mostly looks like this:
I’m gonna say I’m not bad at deliberate defocus in black & white,
but I just can’t nail it in color:
See, now, that’s just a couple of blurry pictures (the in-focus floorboards in the dog picture are particularly annoying).
As opposed to this one, which I love:
It looks like it’s moving!
I have no natural aptitude for color photography, anyway (it kinda bores me) (I mean as a photographer) (which I probably shouldn’t admit), and when I do shoot in color I rely on superduper-extreme-color films to do all the work, which is just me being lazy. All this really means is that I force myself to keep working with color even though I dread it, which is probably most of my problem right there. I have a half-dozen rolls of color film sitting around right now; I really should stop “accidentally” forgetting I have them. Maybe designate one of the MX’s as the color Pentax and just keep it loaded with the stuff.
Whatever. In the meantime:
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Ghost Ship, c. 2010, Ilford XP2 Super
Ride the Ferries: Floating Heads, c. 2008, Ilford Delta Pro 400
Grapeleaf Abstraction 1, 2, 3, c. 2003, Ilford FP4
False Bay Road Defocused, c. 2009, Fujifilm Superia Reala 100
Hank Defocused, c. 2010, Lomographic 400
Abstracto, c. 2010, Fujifilm Neopan SS
Running With Quarters, c. 2010, Fujifilm Neopan 1600