Thursday, January 27, 2011


The flames dance all around the sun in honour of autumn's arrival.

When showing movement, like the illusion of flames dancing in this shot, it is good to have some blur but it is also good to have spots of focus and clarity. Zeroing in on the sweet spot with a loose nod to the rule of thirds, clarity is found in the flower's center. Our eye also moves there initially because of the yellow colour - yellow draws our attention. The movement is all around in the petals' reach up and around.

Choosing the appropriate depth of field by way of aperture and a speed that blurred some movement while still enabling me to hold the camera without camera shake was key to this shot.

Don't be afraid of blur; sometimes it is a photographer's friend.

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