The Weekly Challenge 7-12 October.

Discussion in 'Photo Challenges' started by bilzmale, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Real Name:
    Bill Shinnick
    woof has provided these instructions for the new WC.

    Beautiful Blur

    Let's see photos that exhibit a "Beautiful Blur." I am often in awe of what people can do with various kinds of blur, and am not myself very good at it. It is probably easier to do well with an SLR, and being new to serious compacts I am interested to see what can be done with compacts... It could be a motion blur, a particularly beautiful bokeh, a long exposure, a zoom blur (are there any compacts that will do this?). My LX-5 just received a new "Miniature" mode which is akin to using a Lensbaby or tilt-shift. That could qualify... Use your tools and be creative!

    I'd really like it if the contestants would perhaps say a little about the tools and techniques used. I think that we can all learn something (especially me) from this, so please do share. I am looking forward to everyone's entries. Thanks very much!
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  2. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    there's far too much attention paid to "sharp" ...
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  3. gracefruit

    gracefruit SC Regular

    Jun 23, 2011
    central scotland
    Stirling Tilt Shift by gracefruit, on Flickr

    I was so excited to see this challenge and that tilt-shift was included.

    The photo is of the old cemetery in Stirling. The tilt-shift effect was achieved using the Tilt-shift maker.
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  4. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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    Night Train: Canon G11
    I went for shutter priority and set it for the lowest speed I could reasonably hand hold (1/10) and let the rest take care of itself: I wanted the train in motion. Sorry, its an older shot, its been raining nonstop lately. If I can get out again before the comp closes I may be able to switch for something else.
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  5. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    20110923-4 by _loupe, on Flickr

    there are no special techniques used here, although the RAW file required a small amount of work (exposure, blacks and contrast) to make the final image match what I had seen and visualised
    E-P2, 17/2.8, 1/20s, f/5, ISO100
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  6. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
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    <a href="" title="Untitled by Briar34, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="768" alt="Untitled"></a>

    X100 + Snapseed
    Technique: Go on a camping holiday in the Scottish Highlands when it is forecast heavy rain.
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  7. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
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    Rust Never Sleeps

    <a href="" title="el moho no duerme III by ramirezaponte, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="768" alt="el moho no duerme III"></a>

    This is one I have posted before. The out-of-focus parts are simply the result of shooting the Lumix 20mm 1.7 wide open. The photograph is a composite of two photographs using layers and masks in PS CS5.


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  8. ntrolls

    ntrolls SC Regular

    Oct 8, 2011
    London, UK
    Politekhnicheskaya Station, St.Petersburg, Russia


    Technique: trying to hold my breath and be as still as possible while my camera tries to capture the scene, plus not having the brightest lens :p
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  9. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
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    Really like this. Great shot.
  10. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    an artist who uses softness and defocus to great effect is Uta Barth
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  11. woof

    woof SC Veteran

    Sep 23, 2011
    Nice entries all... Glad to see everyone jump in. The idea of blur was on my mind this past week while I was in San Francisco. This is a bus coming through the Stockton Street Tunnel near Chinatown.

    Edit: Swapped in color version which works a little better. The lights really were very yellowish like this...


    LX-5 @24mm, 1/4 second, f/3.5 at ISO 100. I placed the camera on the hand rail to steady it and waited ... took several. As a larger target, this was the best of the bunch. I kind of like the gritty feel. This is a bit of a departure from the usual for me.
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  12. Photorx12

    Photorx12 SC Regular

    May 31, 2011
    Life is a blur


    Taken with IPhone 4......R.I.P. Steve Jobs.
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  13. Michael T

    Michael T SC Top Veteran

    Jul 31, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    Running Man

    <a href="" title="Running-Man by mterpening, on Flickr">[​IMG]"470" height="640" alt="Running-Man"></a>

    LX5, f8, 1/200, 80iso

    I tried to get some motion blur on runners in the park this morning, but with f8 as low as the LX5 goes and the ND filter at home in the bag, I had to add some extra blur in post.
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  14. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
  15. flysurfer

    flysurfer SC Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2011
  16. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Olympus Pen E-P1 + OM Zuiko 50mm f1.4 Silvernose
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  17. AzPete

    AzPete SC Veteran

    Dec 24, 2010
    Selective focus

    Here's mine. This pic has become a favorite of mine, the guitar player trained in Spain in classical guitar but turned metal... Go figure. I decided to use snapseed which has a selective focus control, so I zeroed in on his gifted hands.... And btw he's a great kid.
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  18. scary

    This one just looks kind of ghost like.

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  19. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
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  20. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo SC Veteran

    Jul 11, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    ~ jasmine ~

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