Out of town, out of focus

I headed out on the Cambridge toy safari last week.

A lot of my photos were pretty, tourist shots. I’d never been to Cambridge before and it really drew me in, in a way a lot of places don’t. That said, a lot of my photos were toy photos (d’uh). But a LOT of my toy photos were also incredibly blurry. So this post is to kind of honour that blur. After all, out-of-focus photos have a lot of be said for them. Right?

For me, blurry photos are pretty much par the course, but never more so than when I’m trying to take a relatively quick photo whilst out and about. I don’t have much in the way of technical camera ability and more often than not, I’ll put the camera down, and shoot a whole bunch of shots, hoping for that one good one. I’ll play with the f-stop, I’ll change the ISO and I might change the exposure, but other than that? Point and shoot! This results in a good chunk of blur though!

Blur can be interesting

Despite the fact that it can be irritating to get something out-of-focus when you are after something in particular, there is something I like about out-of-focus shots. Especially the ones that leave you guessing. The ones that are more like abstract paintings than failures in photography.

Toys out of focus
Ed and Sam, hidden in blur. Interesting?

I thought I would share some of my out-of-focus shots from the toy safari. Because whilst they might not be traditional toy photos, they are made using toys. I’ve included some blurry photos that are a bit less abstract, as well as the more abstract ones. I’ve also shared the final outcome shot, so you get some actual toy photos as well!

Do you like to make things a little abstract? Do blurry photos do it for you? Or do you like everything to be crisp and in-focus? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to see what people think about accidental and intentional out-of-focus photos!

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4 Comments

  1. Reiterlied

    I love out of focus toy photos.

    One of the first I took was two years ago. It was Shaak Ti and Ahsoka which looked like Batman out of focus. I asked people to guess on IG and of course, everyone fell in the trap.

    I still take that kind of picture once in a while, when I’ve got a beautiful bokeh and some interesting shape. Maybe I should start posting them online…

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