Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Embrace The Blur: Because Accidents Can Be Interesting

I was as usual, fooling around with one of my Holgas while visiting friends. This version, the 120N, has a BULB setting and a tripod mount. Anyway, I wanted to take a few photographs of some interesting vegetation in the yard. But the camera was on the BULB setting and I had made several exposures before realizing this. One ‘accident’ that I liked was this Norfolk Island Pine. Did you recognize it?

My Point is that accidental exposures can be fun and interesting. If you are using film, then you probably have some interesting accidents lying around as unprinted negatives or discarded slides. Take and second look. And digital folks, maybe you shouldn’t delete every exposure that doesn’t seem quite right based upon that tiny screen on the back of your camera. Keep them all and take a second look on the computer, because there are interesting digital accidents too!

I will end with a quotation that I have borrowed from the Photophile's Blog----

Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.
Henri Cartier-Bresson


  1. Yes indeed it came up like some mystery vegetation.

  2. very nice photo!

    my FAVOURITE photos is usually the blurry ones and the very overexposed. some people will call them 'flops', but I call them masterpieces!
    Photophile says 'HI!'