[Photographically Speaking] Day 4 “Vision and Blur”

Our assignment for Day 4 is: “Vision and Blur”.

I can get a fair amount of blur in my photos naturally, as I’m not always in focus! 😉

Today our assignment was to have a photo with a wide open aperture, and a nice blur in the background.  My regular lens doesn’t do that as well as my macro, of course.
The photo I took today was with my regular lens.   I softened the light from the window in the background with a light diffusing curtain.

The locket belonged to my grandmother who was born in the late 1800’s.   I thought the quote was perfect for a locket.

In PhotoShop Elements I added an overall texture to the photo at 51% opacity.   I also used a brush to add a bit of extra color around the edges and cut the shine of the chippy paint on the table top.

 Info: Nikon D300, lens: Nikon 18-135, ISO:500, 1/60, f/5.6

My grandmother's locket.ca. 1915

My grandmother’s locket.
ca. 1915




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5 thoughts on “[Photographically Speaking] Day 4 “Vision and Blur”

  1. Inspired and pretty says:

    Judy, you’re getting better and better at it ! This photo is beautiful and the bokeh is soft and lovely. I love the writings of the texture on the sides, it’s beautiful, you chose the perfect texture for this photo. It’s such a good idea to have painted over the shine of the chippy paint, I would never have thought of doing this ! You see, now it’s my turn to learn from you 🙂
    I’m looking forward to your next assignment !
    Have a nice week 🙂

    • jayjay3 says:

      You are so good for me, Jocelyne! Thank you so much! You inspire and encourage me! I need that encouragement! I’m still so shaky trying out new things! Merci!

      • Inspired and pretty says:

        I know how we can feel a little overwhelm when we start learning these techniques. But I assure you, you have the talent to do this ! I was so impressed with this photo !

  2. Northern Narratives says:

    Wow, what a beautiful image. The technology is beyond me. I don’t have Photoshop.

    • jayjay3 says:

      Hi Judy. Actually I don’t have PhotoShop either….just PhotoShop Elements….which I only know a very small part of! Part of taking this course will be to help me learn more of PSE! Kim is going to offer a class in PhotoShop Elements 11 at the end of February. I want to take that one, and also upgrade my PSE 9 to 11. PSE is much cheaper than regular PhotoShop, and yet they are similar in style, and great for amateurs like me. Although it might be a bit tricky taking two classes!! Thank you for your sweet comment! (PS…I’m not into technology either, but I’m taking it one step at a time!)

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