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Theme: All Blur

In the spirit of Why would one shoot a fully blurred picture?, let's see some abstract and semi-abstract works.

This theme was suggested by mattdm.

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  • Voting closes on April 26, 2021 at 12:01 AM UTC (00:01 UTC if you prefer a 24-hour time). The winner will be chosen based on votes at that time.

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  1. One photo submission per answer. Up to three (3) entries allowed.
  2. Post only photos taken by yourself or the person with you.
  3. All entries should include:
    • a title for the photo
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    • camera, lens, and exposure settings, if known
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Next Contest

Suggest a theme by writing a new answer at the Photo of the Week Theme Ideas thread. Please make sure to check the PotW theme ideas Archive first, to make sure you aren't recycling a theme.

The highest-voted theme will be the next theme.

Good luck!

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    Has anyone else noticed that the "winners" of these are always among the first half dozen "answer" posts? Perhaps we need to ask people not to vote for a few days to allow more equal voting...
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Apr 12 at 16:23
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    @ZeissIkon Perhaps an open for submission time period, then closed. Then an open for voting time period.
    – Alaska Man
    Apr 12 at 20:49
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    @ZeissIkon What you have seen is common amongst all Stacks, where early answers tend to benefit from higher votes than later answers. And because these Photo Competition questions tend to end up on Hot Network Questions (HNQ), the effect is magnified. I don't know how asking people to hold off on voting would work in the Stack Exchange model. But these types of concerns are definitely worth opening up a topic dicussion in Photography Meta
    – scottbb
    Apr 12 at 20:49
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Working Through the Night

April 12th 2021 1:30 AM, Los Gatos, CA

iPhone 7+, my keyboard, and solely my monitor/keyboard backlight used for lighting

Swirled my phone at the keyboard to represent my state of mind. If you're wondering why you can see discrete keys instead of just a blurry spiral, it's because the keys actually blink faster than I can see (did a slowmo of my keyboard), so on a slow exposure each of these blinks is recorded, breaking up the blur into pieces.

Late Night Work

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+50

Picasso in Four Dimensions

Picasso in Four Dimensions

Shot through a cascading sheet of water, using the water rather than the lens to blur and distort the model. (Honestly never thought I'd actually get to use this for anything other than having a little fun experimenting in the back yard.)

Nikon D300; Nikkor 70-300mm @ 145mm; 1/125sec; F7.1; ISO 200

January 30, 2011; Knoxville, TN

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London bus London bus
Panasonic lumix Gx10. F3.5 1/10th second. ISO 3200
February 10th 2018.

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Carving Streets

March 11, 2021, Boston, Massachusetts

Canon EOS 7d Mark II Tamron SP 24-70mm 70 mm f/5 1/6s ISO 125

Captured this on the first warm day in Boston, reflects how fast I have felt the school year has passed

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+100

Church of Fire Dancer

Church of Fire Dancer

Camera: Canon A1.

Film: 35mm, Black & White, Unknown.

Print: Full frame on 8"x 10" Silver gelatin paper, Lith Print. (Developed in Highly diluted lithography chemicals.)

Scanned on a crappy old dusty scanner. No digital manipulation other then some spotting of dust from said scanner.

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Swirly

Oulu, Finland, 2021-01-24

Motorola Moto G7 phone camera. f/2.2, shutter speed 1/25, ISO 550.

Post-processing: Cropped a bit and added contrast.

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Eye of the Blur - Quito, Ecuador (2007)

Eye of The Blur

Pentax K10D + DA 50-200mm F/4-5.6 @ 138mm - ISO 100 F/5.6 1/6s

Captured by Itai Danan and published with: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) with attribution required.

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Lightning Storm

Date Taken: 2021-03-12 @ 8:49PM

Location: The balcony of my apartment near Sydney, Australia

Camera: Nikon D3200

Lens: AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

Settings: ISO1600, 1/80 sec, f/1.8, 35mm

Lightning Storm

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First of July 1986 in Ottawa.

Olympus OM2 camera, Kodak ISO-400 film, no tripod.
Scanned from print, no other processing.

I was expecting to get garbage, but the long exposure improved what was actually there.

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  • Are you required to wear white polos to Canada Day? Apr 12 at 16:21
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mmidnight snacking

Los Gatos, CA, April 14th 10:22PM

Nikon D500, Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR,

f/11, 0.5 secs, ISO-1100

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"Distressed Kitchen", a kitchen in Germany, 2020-01-01, Sony DSC-R1, f/5.0, 8s, varied focal length, ISO160

Distressed Kitchen

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In Reflection

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Brightly-lit shop windows & illuminated trees, taken in reflection through a brass plaque [shingle] on a store on the opposite side of the street.

One of my very early forays: November 2016, Tenerife - Nikon D5500 kit lens 18-55mm @55mm f/5.6 1/125s ISO 8000 (lot of noise clean-up:)

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Lost My Glasses

March 2021, Oulu.

Agfa Silette Vario - Color Agnar 45mm f/2.8 - Ilford HP5+ 400 (pushed to 800 with Ilfosol 3 developer)

Shot at f/2.8, shutter speed probably 1/50. Wasn't sure how close the lens was able to focus, and misjudged it a bit (there's just an 'm' (for "macro", I suppose) at the close end of the focusing ring). It's a viewfinder camera, so you can't see through the lens. Just a quick snap at the end of the roll. There are some water spots, but since only a handful of frames were affected, I didn't bother cleaning them and rescanning.

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Bulls-Eye

Bulls-Eye (Dartboard)

Camera: Zero Image 4x5 Pinhole, with a medium format film back.

Film: Black & White, Unknown.

Print: Full frame on 8"x 10" Silver gelatin paper, Lith Print. (Developed in Highly diluted lithography chemicals.)

Scanned on a crappy old dusty scanner. No digital manipulation other then some spotting of dust from said scanner.

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Warp Walker

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Photo taken with a Coolpix W300, no lens info recorded on October 19, 2020 in Marshfield Vermont. Flashes annoy horses, so photos may blur in a lightly-lit barn. The horse is a very patient Tennessee Walker.

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Crow Chasing Hawk

Los Gatos, CA, April 4th 2021

Nikon D500, Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR,

f/8, 1/125 secs, ISO-100

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Catadioptric Sun Filtering Through Trees

  • Autumn afternoon in 2020
  • Nikon D3100; 500mm Catadioptric lens with fixed f/8; 1/2000 at ISO 800

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"To the Fire ...."

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Somewhat higher resolution version (Facebook page) here

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Entering 28th St
Location: 28th St uptown platform on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the NYC Subway.
Date: March 15, 2021 around 7:30 PM.
Pixel 4 camera, ƒ/1.73 1/44 4.38mm ISO55 and then cropped.

I noticed that the track at this station was level enough that the lines in the tiles aligned with the train's movement (the tiles are usually laid true level, rather than being level with a sloping track).

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