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Jun 10, 2022 14:40:04   #
Mac Loc: Hernando County Florida
 
https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2018/03/23/sharpness-is-overrated-30-tips-to-shoot-blurry-and-out-of-focus-photos/

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Jun 10, 2022 14:50:38   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Way too close to New York City
 
And here I have been deleting all my OOF shots for decades.

Who knew?

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Jun 10, 2022 15:38:54   #
larryepage Loc: Collin County, Texas
 
I don't know that I buy into everything said or that I like every example image in the article, but I do think a lot of folks could be more photographically expressive if they were less enslaved to the cult of sharpness.

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Jun 10, 2022 15:58:24   #
Mac Loc: Hernando County Florida
 
larryepage wrote:
I don't know that I buy into everything said or that I like every example image in the article, but I do think a lot of folks could be more photographically expressive if they were less enslaved to the cult of sharpness.


I think he overemphasized night and flash, but I have been thinking about impressionist painting style of photographs, intentional blurring of photographs and he has some ideas that can translate away from night/flash.

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Jun 10, 2022 16:29:48   #
JimH123 Loc: Morgan Hill, CA
 
Mac wrote:
https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2018/03/23/sharpness-is-overrated-30-tips-to-shoot-blurry-and-out-of-focus-photos/


I all depends upon the type of photographs you are doing. For nature/wildlife photography, or macro photography, or astrophotography, focus is everything. Remember the uproar when it was discovered that Hubble wasn't in perfect focus 30 or so years ago when it was first sent up?

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Jun 10, 2022 16:36:24   #
JRiepe Loc: Southern Illinois
 
Everyone has opinions and likes and dislikes and I like for my main subject to be sharp and in focus.

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Jun 10, 2022 16:48:09   #
MDI Mainer Loc: Mount Desert, Maine
 
There is even a mode of photography called ICM or intentional camera movement (not panning).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intentional_camera_movement

From Wikipedia
From Wikipedia...

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Jun 10, 2022 17:32:58   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
I agree with Jerry. I like my images to have sharp focus. Intentional camera movement images are a different matter.

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Jun 10, 2022 17:55:35   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Said by any True Photographer: lower your expectations to match your results.

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Jun 10, 2022 18:34:26   #
Strodav Loc: Houston, Tx
 
Interesting article. Thanks for sharing. My initial thought after reading through it was "rules are meant to be broken", especially in photography.

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Jun 10, 2022 20:28:47   #
JD750 Loc: SoCal
 
larryepage wrote:
I don't know that I buy into everything said or that I like every example image in the article, but I do think a lot of folks could be more photographically expressive if they were less enslaved to the cult of sharpness.



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Jun 10, 2022 20:31:31   #
Mac Loc: Hernando County Florida
 
MDI Mainer wrote:
There is even a mode of photography called ICM or intentional camera movement (not panning).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intentional_camera_movement


Thanks for the link MDI Mainer.

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Jun 10, 2022 20:33:10   #
JD750 Loc: SoCal
 
JimH123 wrote:
I all depends upon the type of photographs you are doing. For nature/wildlife photography, or macro photography, or astrophotography, focus is everything. Remember the uproar when it was discovered that Hubble wasn't in perfect focus 30 or so years ago when it was first sent up?


Hubble was a scientific instrument intended to resolve celestial objects at great distances. Points of light must appear as points to do that. The Hubble mirror error has has absolutely nothing to do with the art of photography discussion.

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Jun 10, 2022 20:40:21   #
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Mac wrote:
https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2018/03/23/sharpness-is-overrated-30-tips-to-shoot-blurry-and-out-of-focus-photos/

I almost never follow links including this one, but I can huuuugely agree with the thread title itsef.

Acoarst sharpness has its place alright, but the operative word in this thread is "overrated". Amen to that.

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Jun 10, 2022 20:44:19   #
Mac Loc: Hernando County Florida
 
Strodav wrote:
Interesting article. Thanks for sharing. My initial thought after reading through it was "rules are meant to be broken", especially in photography.


I’m happy you you enjoyed the article Strodav

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