Tuesday, November 1, 2016

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Out Of Focus

The first day of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for November, that theme is Out of Focus, as chosen by Wilf, who blogs from Torino in Italy. You can find out how other photobloggers from around the world are interpreting his choice here.

Back in April I did a series from within the Canadian Museum of Nature here in Ottawa. Within the Earth Gallery, there was a camera display that allowed one to metamorph their face with two different controls, one for changing shape, the other for changing colours. The results seemed suited for this theme (and fitted my weird personality), and so here are the results of my fooling around with the controls.


This one was taken on our Doors Open weekend in early June. I was walking into one of the destinations, had my camera on, and heard the click as I inadvertently took a shot. The blur seems entirely appropriate for this theme.


And this last one is from the Fortissimo event I attended on Parliament Hill in July. The military marching bands were passing by after the ceremony was over, moving quickly enough that they had a ghostly, out of focus feel in this shot.

40 comments:

  1. I like your experiment with the head!

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  2. the pinhead and swirls are fun. :)

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  3. You also teach us to take bad photos ...? (Just kidding).

    Tomás.

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  4. Very creative, William.
    It looks like you had fun with the head shots!

    Janis
    GDP

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  5. I really like that last shot. I mean, if you're gonna shoot outta focus... :)

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  6. Well you had a bit of fun here William ☺ super fun shots for the theme!

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  7. @Hilary: thanks!

    @Marianne: I found it amusing.

    @Tex: I imagine kids would find it to be a blast.

    @Tomas: hah!

    @Janis: I did.

    @Lowell: yes, it worked well that way.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Grace: thank you.

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  8. The first photos end up pretty weird. It's fun to use a program like that and be creative.

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  9. That camera thing has taken you apart!! I love that accident shot. It's very abstract looking.

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  10. Nice playing with that camera, but for todays theme I prefer the shot you took by accident. :-)

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  11. Those Museum of Nature shots are a riot! Well done.

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  12. I like all of these! Those swirly self portraits would make me feel a little seasick. (grin) And the accidental shot is pretty wonderful.

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  13. Ha ha cool! The 7th photo is my favorit - weird wave :)

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  14. I especially like your last shot of the out of focus band walking past the building which is in focus. Those first ones you posted are rather interesting. I had such a hard time deciding on an out of focus shot that I decided to do a series this month. Hope it doesn't get old!

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  15. that last shot is super cool. blur & all. ( :

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  16. I really like the shot of the band, William!

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  17. Some really cool fun shots William. What a great tool to play around with.

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  18. The third and fourth photos must have been taken on one of your bad days, William. They look, well, scrambled! (Just kidding!)

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  19. Very interesting. Good take on the theme but.....
    I FORGOT
    I set the blogging aside yesterday because I was going to have a super and then my brain was, i guess 'out of focus' and I FORGOT!!
    MB

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  20. @Red: kids must enjoy getting to use that thing!

    @Sharon: it did have that abstract sensibility to it.

    @Jan: and usually it would be a photo one would discard.

    @Stuart: they were ideal for the theme.

    @Orvokki: thanks!

    @Kay: thank you!

    @Birgitta: I enjoyed messing around with that thing.

    @Susie: it was entirely by chance a photo, that last one, one of the last shots I took on a wonderful evening. Fortissimo is a beat retreat ceremony held each year.

    @Beth: they were like ghosts.

    @RedPat: me too.

    @Bill: it was!

    @Norma: hah!

    @MB: oops!

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  21. Very high tech! That reminds me of the technique used on the Ministry of Culture in Paris. A Renaissance painting was distorted by computer until the people in the painting "dissolved into arabesques" (http://www.aussieinfrance.com/2011/12/1029/ just in case you want to see it!).

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  22. I have to say that my favorite is the one your camera decided to take :). The abstract design looks really cool to me.

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  23. I prefer the last two photos, William.

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  24. This would not be a difficult theme day for me. :-)

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  25. Fun post, would love to play with that camera display...:)
    The 2nd out of focus photo is beautiful!

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  26. @LDP: thanks for pointing out that post.

    @Lauren: it was to me as well.

    @Catalyst: thanks!

    @Revrunner: I have had my share of blurry shots!

    @Wilf: it was fun to mess around with that device.

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  27. That would fit my twisted view on things. The unintended shot drew the eyes though.

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  28. They are all great! I really like that last shot.

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  29. A fun series! I like that face

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  30. Your Doors Open and marching band shots are terrific. I have made some of those inadvertent shots, too, and some made me pause for a bit (before I clicked on the delete key).

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  31. Interesting self portraits, William, and the ghostly effect in the next to last photo was intriguing.

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  32. The first shot looks quite normal, but things sure get weird as you changed things up. The tiny head is quite funny. I took some similar distorted photos in my stainless steel mug once when it was new and not all scratched up.
    I like that last shot of the marching band ... looks like they're in a hurry to finish up and get home.
    Wendy

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  33. I like the photos with the swirls!

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  34. @Mari: I was pleased to use that unintended one for this.

    @Lois: thank you!

    @Cloudia: I couldn't resist using those shots for the theme.

    @Jack: usually I'm given to deleting, particularly when I see them in full size on a computer screen, but this suited the theme quite well.

    @Beatrice: they did look quite ghostly!

    @Wendy: yes, the tiny headed one makes me look downright alien.

    @Kate: so did I.

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  35. I don't know about those morphed shots! But I do like that accidental one!

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  36. What is it about those silly computer things that are fun!

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