P52 – Blur

This week the theme for P52 is Blur.
“As pet photographers, two of the most important things we strive for is sharp focus of our subjects and overall clarity of the image. Therefore we sometimes forget that blur can be beautiful. Blur adds expression and artistry to our images. So let’s experiment with blur this week! Whether in the foreground, in the background or all throughout image, let’s unfocus ourselves from sharpness.”

It seemed to me to be a good time to experiment with the Brenizer Method, which uses multiple images stitched together in Photoshop to simulate a wider aperture than the camera lens actually has. In other words, it allows for more blur in the image than would usually occur. There was a learning curve for me – this was not my first attempt – but I ironed out the worst of the problems. This isn’t something I expect to use often but I am glad that I tried it out.

Portrait of a brown dog in front of yellow flowers

Project 52 is a group project. Please visit all the other talented pet photographers, starting with Barking Lab Studio, NJ dog photography, by following the links at the bottom of our posts.

Tracy Sutherland Photography specializes in timeless classic representations of the pets that enrich our lives. Tracy lives in Sea to Sky country north of Vancouver, BC, Canada, and works in Whistler, Squamish, and Vancouver.