In walking to the River Basin yesterday, I noticed that the trees were in blossom, the fruit trees especially (they’re apple or crab-apple or some such – I can’t tell which). So I continued my recent habit of shooting the blossoms. It was windy and most of the shots were way blurred. This one has some blur but it feels like the movement of the wind. I was using my new lens, a 50mm f/1.8 deal that is, one might say, cheap, but very fast. I found it worked well in low light and is very sharp. I love the flow of this image, the motion in the stillness. (In a few weeks it may just look out-of-focus…we’ll just wait and see.)
The Japanese word for the blurred backgrounds in these images is “bokeh” and in some quarters it is high art to assess what is “good” and what is “bad” bokeh. I can see why it becomes a subject of interest since while blurred, the background adds so much to the image - and can take away just as much. I’ve yet to learn how others scale this although I do know what I like.
This shot of the guard rail feels like it needs to be considerably larger than the web allows to capture what I’m enjoying about it: there is an abstract quality – color, texture, line – that takes this out of what it objectively is and into another realm entirely.
So that's about all my shooting in the past few days. I’m still mostly focused on Open Studios so I am shooting less. I’m missing that discipline although it obviously makes sense to put my energy there. I’ve got over a dozen images to frame – and harder still, I have to decide which ones and at what size! So my time is spoken for, more or less. Yet I doubt I can stop shooting completely, not with the new lens and the world of things to see anew.