Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

Short one this week. There still doesn’t seem enough time in the day to fit everything in.

When I first started trying to photograph people in the streets I used to end up with a lot of photographs I could throw away. Why? Because I didn’t want confrontation and so I’d keep the camera at chest height, suspended round my neck by the strap and just press the shutter button as I walked along the street. Not ideal as I found out when I got home.


Sometimes they would be blurred, sometimes I would get them in focus but I hadn’t captured the full scene. i.e. I’d chopped someone at the neck.

A shutter working at a speed of one-fourth to one-twenty-fifth of a second will answer all purposes. A little blur in a moving subject will often aid to giving the impression of action and motion. – Alfred Stieglitz

Of course I never really throw anything away so I can still pull them up from my back catalogue, ideal for when we get weird subjects like this for the weekly challenge. Not only that I live in hope that one day Adobe will develop a plugin for Photoshop that takes care of blur and really works.

Do you keep every photograph you take, even the blurred ones?. I’d love to hear from you.

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12 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

  1. Regina Martins April 10, 2015 / 19:30

    I keep every photo I take, I don’t have the heart to trash them. For me they capture a memory, a moment in time no matter how imperfect it was captured. The moment itself was perfect enough for me to want to capture it.
    Your pic, even though it is blurred, makes for an interesting photo.
    Thank you for the pingback 🙂


    • Mike Hardisty April 11, 2015 / 09:30

      Regina thank you for taking the time to comment. I did trash a load of photographs a long time ago and later came to regret it. Now I keep everything.

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    • Mike Hardisty April 11, 2015 / 09:28

      I could have met this one several times over, Yvonne. Despite me showing good photographs here I still get my fair share of failures when i press that shutter button.

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  2. sukiesoriginal April 11, 2015 / 00:38

    I keep some of the accidentally blurry ones, even when I’ve taken three of the same thing and should only keep the one that worked…I’m fond of photos of the cat in which she turned out with four eyes.:)

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    • Mike Hardisty April 11, 2015 / 09:26

      I just can’t throw away anything now. I did it once before and i later regretted that decision

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      • sukiesoriginal April 12, 2015 / 08:47

        Digital files take up so little room….I do have boxes and drawers of prints, negs and slides from the olden days…

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  3. Jill's Scene April 11, 2015 / 06:23

    I had to laugh at your question – I have enormous difficulty trashing photos!


    • Mike Hardisty April 11, 2015 / 09:23

      I’ve always been like that, then a couple of years ago I decided to really lighten the load and get rid of a lot of old, not so good photographs. Years later I have come to regret that decision as many were from places I would probably never visit again. Although not so great as photographs they would have made great paintings.

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  4. Jill's Scene April 11, 2015 / 09:27

    Ha! That’s such a good point – I share my life with someone who is constantly thinking about painting! I read your comment to him and he remarked that even bad photos record the scene.

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  5. goandslo April 11, 2015 / 09:52

    I don’t throw out photo’s of places I’ve been or people I know no matter how bad but I do trash very bad photo’s of plants, objects and scenery that don’t have a special meaning for me. It took me a while to be able to do this but now I grit my teeth and just do it.

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    • Mike Hardisty April 11, 2015 / 18:16

      I’ve got plenty of storage space and now that Amazon are offering unlimited online storage I might just indulge. I’d never throw away anything again. problem is do i really trust online storage to still be there a few years down the line.


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