FEBRUARY RECAP – 2017

It is the last day of February which means it is time for my monthly recap: 

 

and a smaller Black & White gallery:

 

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: FOCUS

 

The theme of today’s challenge is FOCUS. We all want our images to be tack sharp and in focus, but there are situations when we prefer to have some parts of the image in blur i.e. out of focus to better isolate the subject we want to focus on (pun intended).  This technique is called selective focus and this is what I did in the image bellow. I focused on a single, though repetitive, element that goes on through most of the frame and seems to repeat itself in unfocused specular highlights in the background. The image shows an iconic view of the capital city of Slovenia, and I thought it would be neat to give just a hint of it.

Selective focusing is particularly interesting in macro photography, portraiture and in images with repetitive patterns and it makes photography more creative.  Now it is up to you…. whether you choose to have all the elements in your photo in focus, or to apply a selective focus or even an alternative approach to the theme like capturing a focused person or animal, I very much look forward to seeing your entries. Have a great Thursday!

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©Paula Borkovic

To join the challenge:

  • Make a photo post post on today’s theme, before next Thursday.

  • Link to this challenge post, and tag your post #thursdaysspecial

  • Leave a comment under this post

Thank you for your enthusiasm in responding to this challenge. Be good sports and pay each other a visit by clicking on the following links:

https://irenewaters19.com/2017/02/23/a-peeping-toms-focus-thursdays-special/

https://teepee12.com/2017/02/23/focus-thursdays-special/

https://lucidgypsy.com/2017/02/23/thursdays-special-robert/

https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/focus/

https://lignumdraco.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/lignum-draco-and-the-temples-of-doom-2/

https://restlessjo.me/2017/02/23/focus-on-fountains-abbey/

tishfarrell.com/2017/02/23/a-matter-of-focus-fond-thoughts-of-high-summer-on-windmill-hill-with-greater-knapweed-and-assorted-grasses

http://www.paumau.fi/2017/02/mausteista-makua.html

https://travelwithintent.com/2017/02/23/venice-carnival-crystal-ball

https://lessywannagohome.blogspot.hr/2017/02/focus.html

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/thursdays-special-focus-there-be-dragons/

https://leterneletlephemere.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/thursdays-special-focus/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/thursdays-special-2-focus

https://dailymusing57.com/2017/02/24/thursdays-special-focus/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/thursday-special-focus/

https://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/out-of-focus/

https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/lincoln-cathedral-choir-screen/

https://outanabout.com/2017/02/27/focus-on-our-dreams/

https://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/thursdays-special-focus/

https://jennysotherstuff.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/focus/

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/focus

https://travel387.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/thursdays-special-focus/

Black & White Sunday: Nightscape

Even though it hasn’t been long since we did nocturnal for Thursday’s Special, I am giving you another night theme, but this time in B&W. It is nightscape, a representation of a night scene.

The absence of colour lets us focus on shapes more, and the scene is more solemn with a film noir feel. Maybe you’d like to join the challenge even if monochrome is not your first choice when it comes to photography. However, converting a photo into Black and White can be revealing. It makes you look with a different set of eyes – eyes that are not distracted by colours.

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If you missed seeing this scene in colour, go here.

If you want to participate in Black & White Sunday photo challenge, make sure to:

  • make a photo post in black and white before next Sunday 13 November

  • link it to this challenge post and tag it   #blackandwhitesunday

  • leave a comment under this post (pingbacks are not comments)

Please click on the links bellow to see more night scenes:

https://travelwithintent.com/2016/11/06/from-buda-to-pest/

https://teepee12.com/2016/11/06/night-in-the-city-photos-joni-mitchell/

https://dailymusing57.com/2016/11/05/black-white-sunday-nightscape

https://tishfarrell.com/2016/11/06/nice-by-night-black-white-sunday/

https://beyondthebrushphotography.wordpress.com/2016/11/06/rue-st-denis-montreal

http://suejudd.com/2016/11/06/black-white-sunday-nightscape/

https://lucidgypsy.com/2016/11/06/black-and-white-sunday-a-barcelona-nightscape/

https://bildhof.wordpress.com/2016/11/06/bw-sunday-nightscape/

https://thepisceanme.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/nightscape-black-white-photography

https://unavistadisanfermo.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/nightscape-notturno/

https://mostlymonochrome.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/night-church

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

Mirror of the night

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To see previous weekly photo challenges go here.