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Shibuya Showdown

This is not the image that I had planed to post but I had a chat with Ngozi yesterday  http://tulipthorn.shutterchance.com/ regarding blur and low light situations. As amateur snappers we spend half our lives trying to get images sharp but I seem to spend half of mine trying to blur them! No digital blur effects used - just a polariser to shut out a bit of light. I take hundreds of these, like a geek that I am.

All the best

Mal

Shibuya Showdown

This is not the image that I had planed to post but I had a chat with Ngozi yesterday  http://tulipthorn.shutterchance.com/ regarding blur and low light situations. As amateur snappers we spend half our lives trying to get images sharp but I seem to spend half of mine trying to blur them! No digital blur effects used - just a polariser to shut out a bit of light. I take hundreds of these, like a geek that I am.

All the best

Mal

comments (34)

Nowt wrong with a bit of blur - especially if its done as well as this our kid!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 29 Mar 2007, 00:17
There is a blogger whose port is made up of shots like these, these is a hard type of photography to do, you have done an amazing job here in my books, maybe this will spur me on to be brave enough to post up one of mine soon :d

The guy on the phone is perfect as far as I am concerned. Well snapped

Suby
i feel a little motion sickness when i look at this image. but i like it alot. very good choice in desaturating it.
Lovely Mal, blur is in vogue man. Like you i do spend time trying to get cool fuzzy blurred shots. I like very much
I am glad you take hundreds of these so I get to enjoy them!
Wobbly hand-helds are wonderful when in your capable hands, Mal- it's when they are using it throughout a Jane Austin drama (current series on ITV) that it looks c**p!
Very edgy, Mal. I like. : )
This is an interesting that until now I had never considered. Thanks for the insight. I will try taking one soon. I think what you have your done here is exceptional.
  • Robs
  • 29 Mar 2007, 04:47
Blur is a problem only when you have it while trying a steady shot. If you want to have a blurry photo you can get a great shot, even if it's probably harder than taking a regular sharp one.
This one has a great effect, a frenetic downtown effect. Very nice, Mal.
Impressive - but so nice Mal. That's a really beautifull picture life !
  • dafredo
  • the bar
  • 29 Mar 2007, 07:20
you will have to go to therapy my friend, after what you wrote it's all I can say smile very nice one though !!
No geek - there are hundreds who shoot from the hip, do blur on purpose, go against tradition, try to get outside the box. No different now to Cameron's day.

Super image and treatment. Love it.
  • Petra
  • the highest mountain you've ever seen
  • 29 Mar 2007, 12:06
is wondering what cameron's day is....
your middlename is geek, isn't it? grin
crazy photo but its working! great one Mal..
Mal, it's funny you mention this aspect of blur photography....I have a motion blur shot (taken by the camera NOT photoshop) that I've queued in my next series. I think this is an aspect of photography that has been ignored for sometime now.

Check out http://outafocus.my-expressions.com/ - It really a very inspiring photoblog.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2007, 13:20
Very cool, Mal. Like you, I think sharpness can be overrated at times. smile
Extra cool shot here Mal. Had a go at blurring today with my own blog.
super effetc mal...
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 29 Mar 2007, 18:37
Perfectly conveys the frantic pace of Japan mate, no two ways about that.Funnily enough, I was talking to a lady photographer at the bike meeting on Saturday, who does a lot of "fine art" photography, but is very new to the art in general and I advised her not to be too hasty to ditch the blurry shots, due to the current trend towards good work in this field and here you go, proving my advice to be correct. Nice work Mal. Kind regards, Neil.
  • sk
  • 29 Mar 2007, 23:04
this is so nicely executed, well done
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 29 Mar 2007, 23:29
There is no way i wouldn't like this one. I really like the tones you have given the shot. Don't think jide has seen that you are a regular visitor to susan b sites. nice work mal
This is a frenetic shot Mal, I love the impression of motion, I was going to say you were lucky to get the girls face sharp, but knowing you it would not be be accident
Very interesting effect where you transmit very shiningly the frenzy to us of the present life in the great cities!
  • Mia
  • 30 Mar 2007, 04:17
Okay, so people LIKE blurry shots?! I love them! I'm just too chicken to have them up in my archive tongue j/k Really cool shot Mal
This is a great one ! We can feel the city move, the people walk. It really reinforces an existing dynamism.
  • Saratu
  • Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 30 Mar 2007, 13:07
I always try to get sharp images and never see blurry images as good photos. you have changed my mind. i guess you learn something new everyday!
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 30 Mar 2007, 23:39
Sorry mal, I just deleted your comment from my monkey "self portrait", quite by accident, but I did reply. Regards, Neil.
This is bloody marvelous! I have grown to appreciate images such as this. You are so good at getting these.
  • Abi
  • 31 Mar 2007, 11:00
I like it the way it is but would of prefered if the guy in black was slightly on focus.. have you tried using panning techinque for this shot.
  • alex
  • 31 Mar 2007, 20:17
this is fantastic, mal. the face and the hands of the man in black stand out just enough to grab attention amidst all the blur. i love this one!
Reminds me a lot of those Japanese manga.
Very nice.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Apr 2007, 14:48
A real beaut. Love it.
Great and creative - A good idea to explore again !
  • Frank
  • Germany
  • 2 Apr 2007, 10:06
I like the movement in this.
  • Rxan
  • 7 Feb 2008, 18:35
black and white movement gives interest to this scene.

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