Some of you have achieved a similar effect when you tried to capture the photograph, but have missed the focus (rats!). Or (a rather few of you) have done it intentionally? Ah, let us not fool ourselves: we all do it non-intentionally because the modern trend demands super-sharp autofocus right out of the camera box.
Even a few of you who know what this could be oftentimes pretend you did it on purpose, because in our everyday life we have no time for focusing “errors”. We abandon photography and our cameras become trash immediately, because patience thins out too quickly today.
Recently I was playing with my lovely, koala-like-huggable manual focusing lens Vivitar 28mm/2.8 CF [Close Focus] for Pentax and my K-7 digital DSLR. I cuddle this lens more and more for all creativeish & unusualish avenues of photography.
By today’s standards, it is a very old lens. And who on Earth cares about manual focusing? Produced under Vivitar’s brand name by different manufacturers during the 1980’s, several series of similar lens designs have been introduced and sold for different camera mounts, including Pentax’s K-mount SLRs. I have obtained it several months ago at a very affordable $50 from the eBay. It is a real little treasure.
What follows below is just a short series of creative light photography I do for exploration of subjects, colour shapes, light and contrasts, which oftentimes can be ridiculously engaging.
Believe me or ridicule me, this is the ABC of visual vocabulary. Old masters of art have done something similar through the history: they would observe their subjects and composition from a distance, framing carefully and squinting lightly not to be distracted with unnecessary details that would otherwise steal attention. Squinting produces exactly the same effect in our eyesight as this out of focus photography.
Such a method helps us “focus” on feeling, on what is really basic inside the photograph or the art piece: on shapes, colours, placements, proportions. It then adds a dreamy, expressive overlay as the chocolate topping. Such an overlay can seldom be repeated using “conventional“, focused-in photography and which anyone can do, right?
In other words, throw the sharp focus point through the window and explore fundamentals of pure art. Print your masterpieces as postcards and send to your friends and relatives to tell them how sublime your new digital camera is. Hope they will believe you, as nothing beats the power of photography evidence.
— Zvonimir Tosic