By Vladimir Brezina
This week’s Photo Challenge is Unfocused.
Returning home after a few drinks, it’s sometimes hard to get the eyes to focus.
Supposedly, it was in such a state that Li Po died trying to embrace the reflection of the moon in the water…
Other “Unfocused” posts
As others have complained, last week WordPress pulled a fast one by suddenly starting to pre-check the “Notify me of follow-up comments via email” box for everyone leaving a comment on a WordPress post. It’s now opt-out rather than opt-in. Since I didn’t notice the switch, I received almost all the comments that other participants in the Weekly Photo Challenge left at The Daily Post announcing their “Unfocused” contributions. These emails have just been flooding in…
But rather than summarily deleting them, I took them as an opportunity to see, for once, what all of the other participants in the Challenge were up to. Below I list (in no particular order) the contributions that I liked.
But, even though these are just a selection, there are still very many of them! I guess I like unfocused photos, which, almost no matter what the actual subject is, readily take on an abstract, often mysterious charm…
So, for this list to be less intimidating and a more useful guide for those who just want to see a few highlights, I think I’ll go through the list again and mark with an asterisk the contributions that I, for my own idiosyncratic reasons, really liked…
- A year in the Life *
- Campanulla Della Anna *
- Images by Madelaine Cappuccio
- Come & Sit
- The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface
- The Urge To Wander #1
- The Urge To Wander #2 *
- Cee’s Life Photography Blog
- Lucid Gypsy *
- The Traveling Book Club’s Blog
- My Sardinian Life *
- between shots *
- Colderweather *
- MDCPhotos *
- Fenland Photos *
- Mike Hardisty Photography *
- Britten *
- Nature in the Burbs
- Pseu’s Blog
- The Positive Page
- The If’s and When’s
- a Memory Bliss *
- thoughts unrestricted
- Words and Peace *
- Broken Light
- Mezzaphonically Speaking *
- Mod Eye Moody
- Alice through the Macro Lens *
- Creativity Aroused
- A View From the Woods
- Just Me Geyonk *
- FrizzText *
- Modes of Flight Blog
- A Word in Your Ear #1
- A Word in Your Ear #2
- Jeff Sinon Photography *
- N.E. White *
- Reem Saleh
- The Retiring Sort
- Ruth E Hendricks Photography *
- Woven Decor *
- Polly’s Space
- Chronicles of Illusions *
- Musings of a librarian
- David R Wetzel Photography
- R Shad *
- LOVASOKLÓNÉLKÜL *
- LOST IN ENGLAND
- Snap in the heat of the moment
- Face in a Crowd *
- Being Arindam
- whatever a moon has always meant *
- The eternal solitude of the restless Mind *
- M Scott Photography *
- Chris Donner, Mystery Writer
- thepurpledogpaintingblog *
- Tamar’s art lounge *
- Angelinem’s Blog
- my sight picture
- STUMBLING TOWARDS…
- Gerry’s Space *
- Julia’s Place
- Ingset’s Blog
- A Traveller’s Song *
- rondomtaliedraai *
- pix & kardz
- Children’s Books & More *
- Mirth and Motivation
- RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME
- Even A Girl Like Me
- Jumbled Contents Of My Head
- beeblu blog *
- Lost in Translation
- Colour Me Happy
- Cassie meets World *
- Observations of the heart… *
- Christoph’s Photo Blog *
- Misk Cooks
- About Giving and Receiving
- Het is goed *
- Frames & Focus *
- 4otomo *
- Flowers and Butterflies *
- The Best Years Are… *
- Eldy’s Photo Blog
- Benign Neglect
- yi-ching lin photography #1 *
- yi-ching lin photography #2
- Walking the cat
- Bear in Sight
- bullfrogs symposium *
- Where’s my backpack? *
- The Eco and the Id
- I used to be indecisive…
- BisonWoman’s Blog
- keep dreaming, keep discovering.. *
- Desi Becomes Eclectic
Still very many that I really liked! It’s just too hard to choose…
Beautiful! I’m often tempted to step out (lightly, of course) onto a moon trail & head out toward the horizon…
Yes, on such a night it almost seems it should be possible…
Wow, great image! I would almost say ‘you need to drink more often’, but of course I won’t say that.
The perfect comment!
Wow, that’s amazing.
Agree with Marion! Take more pics when you drink :-)
It’s a thought! :-)
Just checked out Li Po! Thank God you were not kayaking when you shot this :-) And thanks for the pingback!
If you kayak after drinking, photography is the least of your problems. There’s the little problem of staying upright…
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Wow, this is a stunning shot!!
Thanks, glad you like it!
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Very soothing image. Nice way to end the day!
Soothing or vaguely disturbing, I think, depending on your current frame of mind…
ha ha ha. Could be the weekly Rorschach challenge!
See Myra’s comment below…
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Wow! That’s a great choice for this challenge! It must have looked totally awesome in real life..
It did!—what I remember of it ;-)
Seriously, it was just one of the many totally awesome sights that presented themselves during the week I spent in 2010 on Glover’s Reef Atoll in Belize, a place I recommend highly! Many more photos from that week are here.
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Beautifully dark! Love it.
Yet, on closer examination, it has quite a lot of color in it—it wouldn’t work well as a black & white photo…
Ahh great shot for this weeks theme! Thank you for pingback! :)
You are welcome, Britten!
Very beautiful and somehow very sad too.
Yes. As suburbanferndaleark suggested above, a Rorschach test… I do like photos like this, almost at the edge of abstraction, that have some complexity packed into them…
A perfect choice for this week’s challenge. Love it!
Great! Thanks, Jude!
truly lovely photo – and thanks for the pingback!
You are very welcome!
Beautiful. Thanks for the pingback, btw.
Thanks—your take on “Unfocused” was very nice!
Not bad at all. ;-)
I am trying… ;-)
WOW! I love your picture! It’s quite dramatic! :)
Thanks, Inge! Glad you like it.
By the way thank’s for the pingback. I forgot to say it before. :D
Hmm, drinking and photo taking . . . looks like it works well! :)
It does when the goal is to be unfocused…
A beautiful photo – perhaps I should drink more :) Thanks for the ping back, Vladimir
If you drink, make sure you do it in a beautiful setting, with your camera handy… and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you’ll have the next morning!
Beautiful pic Vladimir :) and thanks for the pingback.
You are very welcome! :-)
Thank you for the ping-back mention, Vladimir. Fascinating unfocused photo. Well done.
I am very glad you like it!
thanks for the link!
You are very welcome, Derrick!
very dramatic. thanks for sharing.
thank you also for the pingback. much appreciated! :)
Thank you for visiting, and commenting!
Returning home after a few drinks, it’s sometimes hard to get the eyes to focus – don’t fall into the water!
In this case, I would have had to fall off a cliff first, so the water would probably have been the least of my concerns ;-)
Lovely photo, Vlad. Poor Li Po.
Well, Li Po was known for celebrating drink as well as the beauties of the moon, so he probably would have thought that it was quite a fitting end, if it had happened that way…
Good point! :)
Thank you Vladimir…just a nice take on the theme…reminded me of a similar scene I once saw at a beach…and hey thanks for the pingback!! :-)
I am glad it brought back memories!
I really like your entry as well, Vladimir! Your picture looks very mysterious to me, also wild and beautiful.
Thanks for the trackback, very much appreciated!
Lack of sharp focus definitely helps create that air of mystery :-)
Yes, I agree. There could be anything out there. :-D
This photo is lovely.
Thank you, Imelda!
This is an amazing one. Great work.
This is so haunting! Nice photo.
Glad you like it, Catherine!
perfect harmony between the photo and the narrative. LOL!
Thanks for the like and mention on your blog and the info about Li Po.
And thank you for all the “Summer” pingbacks!
(It feels strange somehow to be commenting here about other posts that, when this post was posted, were still far in the future… :-) )