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Project 12 Portraits | Out of Focus

I admit, I was the one who voted to try this again, and though I feel like I got closer this time, I still feel like this “out of focus stuff” is eluding me. But I got closer, which has fueled me—I am going to practice this in earnest! I just love the softness of out of focus images that are done well, and I love the emphasis it gives to color and shape. But so far I haven’t managed to create an image of a person that I am completely happy with when nothing in the frame is in focus. But that has only made me more determined! (Have I mentioned I am stubborn?)

So for my portrait, here’s what I came up with. The lace is in focus, which at least is unique because it’s less traditional, but the entirely-oof image still eludes me…

And while we were in Disneyland, I practiced with out-of-focus non-portraits. I love the feel of these and really want to play more with this—it inspires me.

I think I need to get to the beach to try this some more, and I will!!!!!!

As always, please continue on in our little circle to see what Christine came up with; I am so excited to see these this month!

  • melissa deakin - March 13, 2014 - 5:14 pm

    these are stunning once again, Jessica!
    i adore the beauty in that first image and the bokeh at Disneyland is fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Veno - March 13, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    Love these, Jessica! I’m like you- in a portrait I REALLY need something to be in focus. These look fantastic. LOVE the colors in the second image!ReplyCancel

  • christineb - March 15, 2014 - 5:59 am

    I just adore the first image…the softness is so beautiful.ReplyCancel