As August, 2020 comes to a close, it’s time to share my images for my personal project, Project 52.
For this personal project, I post one image a week to Instagram, and every month is a different theme. You can click on any of the links below to see all of the different and fun themes.
- January was “low light”
- February was “details”
- March was “black and white“
- April was “documentary“
- May was about “perspective“
- June was “full sun“, and
- July was “movement“.
The theme for August, 2020, was “intentional blur.“
Are you even kidding me? What even is…intentional blur? Right from the get-go, I didn’t want to do this one. As a photographer, I am always trying achieve sharp focus. If anything is supposed to be blurry, it’s sometimes the background, but that’s it!
Photographers have a technique called “freelensing“. I had heard about it, read about it, but had never tried it. In order to achieve intentional blur, I knew I had to try it. Basically, freelensing means “the lens is detached from the camera and held in front of the lens mount by hand during exposure.” Yes, it’s as hard as it sounds, and took a lot of practice to get it right. When done correctly, it give a really beautiful blur, while achieving a very thin slice of focus on your subject.
I started practicing on flowers first, then the beach, then finally one of my daughter standing on the beach. This one is probably my favorite.
I recalled I had an image I had captured a couple of years ago, and included it, because I always loved how it came out. The image is two couples on the beach – one younger and one older. It’s definitely blurry, however you could still see what’s going on in the image. More importantly, you can feel the love and connection. Even though it’s blurry, I still love it because it makes me feel something. Scroll all the way down to check it out.
I’d love to know which one is your favorite! Hope you enjoy taking a look, and thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂
Linda Sobolewski is an on-location, natural-light, professional photographer specializing in seniors, baby, family & children photography.
Linda Sobolewski Photography is based out of Old Saybrook, CT and serves the Connecticut shoreline and surrounding areas.