Thursday’s Special

Paula (Lost in Translation) has developed a liking for the unfocused in photography. I must confess that this is something that I didn’t like myself several years ago, but like her I have become attracted to blurred backgrounds, bokeh, tilt and shift experimentation and creating movement.


This was an accidental photo – I was going for the vibrancy of the artwork on the security shutters of this shop in Barcelona. A couple of years ago I would have binned this shot, but now I love the movement of the passers-by and especially the pink and blue suitcases that match colours in the painting. Hope you love them too!

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

30 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special”

  1. I like your choice for unfocused theme. It wasn’t the easiest theme to tackle and I was afraid of regular participants’ reaction, but so far they are all well-behaved 😀 ;). Thank you, Jude for showing not one but two great examples.

  2. Definitely a great shot. The swift movement of the humans echoes the energy of the art work, and as Pete said, the suitcases provide a vivid accent between both.

    1. I hadn’t looked at it in that way, but yes you are right, the human movement certainly reflects the movement in the left shutter. I do like how others see differences in an image.

        1. I used to look at them on the camera and delete them straight away, until a friend told me to wait and see them on the computer first. It was good advice because they often do look better. On the other hand, some that I think are great on the camera turn out blurry on the computer which is a bit annoying.

        2. I find that a problem with phone photos – they look OK on the phone, but not so good on a computer, unless saved as a very small size.

        3. Some phones do have good cameras. But they are usually the more expensive phones so comparable in price to a decent camera. I don’t use a phone often so I prefer to carry a camera around with me.

        4. Mr ET’s phone came on a plan but it probably didn’t cost what his camera cost. My phone takes nice daytime photos but I find it hard to hold it still enough to get a really clean picture.

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