Defocus - Photography Contest [87 entries]

Thru The Looking Glass....... Picture

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'Focus' is one of the most important elements of photography. An image focused well is appreciated by everyone. But don't assume that 'focus' always means 'in focus'

Sometimes a 'defocused' image looks beautiful too. Let's try to search for beauty in 'OOF.' For example look at this defocused lights picture.. The originality should be the key factor for this idea.

Status: finished. Check out the winners below!
Suggested by: iquraishi

Lamantine: looks a lot like the bokeh contest... ( 5 years and 2701 days ago )
Lamantine: ( 5 years and 2701 days ago )
iquraishi: probably yes lamantine but in this one complete pic should be defocus not like bokeh contest.. ( 5 years and 2701 days ago )
friiskiwi: bring out all your failed photos. ( 5 years and 2701 days ago )
adeincyprus: yup.....that's what it will ( 5 years and 2701 days ago )
locksmagic: I realize that this was probably suggested to bring out creativity but I thinks it's going to result in a few nice shots and a LOT of really bad ones. ( 5 years and 2701 days ago )
Contest Moderator: The shots must be 'out of camera'............not post edited!!! ( 5 years and 2701 days ago )
iquraishi: @locksmagic: but still only the best will win.. and I agree with Contest Moderator... ( 5 years and 2701 days ago )
iquraishi: with the rate the pics are getting uploaded.. I guess this contest will be the one with the highest entries by the end.. ( 5 years and 2701 days ago )
friiskiwi: Does everything have to be out of focus? I notice one beautiful image, where 90% is out of focus. ( 5 years and 2699 days ago )
FallingHorse: I don't really get this one. What exactly is defocus - are we talking soft focus or are we talking bad shots that should have been deleted from our drive ages ago?? How do we decide what is the best of our out of focus shots - might as well just upload rubbish shots - that's what it sound like. ( 5 years and 2699 days ago )
Contest Moderator: no, fallinghorse, not just rubbish shots.........the shot should be obviously out of focus......but should still have the potential to be a good shot....with good framing etc.....just that the focus was off some......... ( 5 years and 2699 days ago )
jtpobrien: can someone please explain if there is a difference between motion blur and OOF? ( 5 years and 2697 days ago )
Contest Moderator: Usually, motion blur is occurs when shooting smething that is on the move, or panning something moving, then the background or foreground has the motion blur effect. Out of focus, generally, is accidental, unless the background or foregound, or both, have deliberately been defocused because of the depth of field at the time of shoot. ( 5 years and 2697 days ago )
FallingHorse: so what would the difference between off focus a little and soft focus be? ( 5 years and 2697 days ago )
Contest Moderator: In photography, soft focus is a lens flaw, in which the lens forms images that are blurred due to spherical aberration. A soft focus lens deliberately introduces spherical aberration in order to give the appearance of blurring the image while retaining sharp edges; it is not the same as an out-of-focus image, and the effect cannot be achieved simply by defocusing a sharp lens. Soft focus is also the name of the style of photograph produced by such a lens. ( 5 years and 2696 days ago )
jawshoewhah: I think people forget that just because your entry is out of focus and on theme... doesn't exactly make it an artistic take on the theme. ( 5 years and 2696 days ago )
k5683: My entry "Beautiful Glow" was removed because it supposedly was off topic. The picture was out of focus--not motion blurred and I didn't use a soft lens either because I don't own one! I don't understand why, but I tell ya, there are plainly many off theme entries here that are blurred because of motion or zoom blur---which by the way I did not zoom AS I WAS TAKING THE PICTURE! I zoomed in as far as I could go because it was so far away. I'm a bit upset about this. ( 5 years and 2696 days ago )
arbroono: just want to understand. whether motion blur photographs are expected here? My photograph (Blind darkness), I purposely shot by defocousing the lens and set long shutter to get some random shaking effect.. Is this what expected? ( 5 years and 2696 days ago )
iquraishi: if you find any of the entries off theme just red flag it, the moderators will do the rest.. ( 5 years and 2696 days ago )
FallingHorse: thanks for the clarification Mods ( 5 years and 2696 days ago )
Lamantine: We are getting more and more entries here :S don't know if i will be able to vote all that :S ( 5 years and 2695 days ago )
jawshoewhah: Lamantine: just don't put too much thought into it. Most are easily scored. There's still a bunch of entries that are definitely out of focus but really lacking the art aspect. ( 5 years and 2695 days ago )

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Thru The Looking Glass....... - created by adeincyprus

Thru The Looking Glass.......
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