Walter Ross  

Intentional Blur - Intentional Blue - Iceland View by Walter Ross

June 2021 - Intentional Blur - Intentional Blue - Iceland View

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This photo was taken in Iceland a few years ago. While walking around Reykjavik and Skarfabakki Harbour I saw this little cropping of stones along the edge of the water. It was a really cold and rainy day (January in Iceland, go figure) but I enjoyed this scene so I just had to stop and play with the angles and focus of the stones with the snowy peaks in the distance. Played with the opposite, mountains blurry and stones clear but found this to be the best overall, sort of between. Have a gander and tell me which you would have preferred.

5 comments posted

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Hmmm. That little rock cairn in the foreground would make a good subject for focusing on the foreground. We all know what mountains look like. But these mountains are grand and worthy of center stage. The many shades of blue are lovely and add to the cold, rainy mood. Did you have to enhance them?   Posted: 06/06/2021 09:55:25

Barbara Kuebler   Barbara Kuebler
Walter, this is an unusual shot. I like it. If the foreground was sharp I think the rest of the image would sort of "fade away" and not be as interesting as it is. The foreground is just sharp enough not to be distracting and the rocks are in a good position in the frame. This has a very monochromatic look.   Posted: 06/07/2021 17:42:08

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
I really liked the creative way this was done, especially since it wasn't set up for the photo. I tried to do some slight changes for a sharper image in the background. I always wanted to go to Iceland (Usually when it's July in the Midwest!) but just reached the time for it yet. I use Topaz Denoise and PS Auto Tone.   Posted: 06/12/2021 14:51:51
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Ally Green   Ally Green
A lovely peaceful image and i think you have captured this well with the blurred rocks and mountains in focus in the background. To me this works as the rocks lead my eye to the mountain. A good use of rule of thirds with the blurred foreground, the water and the mountains. Very dramatic...nicely done.   Posted: 06/22/2021 13:20:51

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
You intentionally blurred the foreground just enough to make the background stand out more. It would be interesting to see the opposite, too, where the little rock pile was super sharp but then the background would probably be horribly out of focus. Thanks for letting us see the best of both sections. The blue weather has certainly given this scene an Icelandic mood!   Posted: 06/22/2021 14:22:29


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