I was still a little hesitant about blurs until what I thought was an unsuccessful shoot in Santa Monica Beach completely converted me. So my advice to you, dear shooter: embrace the unpredictability of film and enjoy the blur!
Having started as a digital photography hobbyist, I have been trained to aim for crisp clear images and to trash blurry ones as they are no good. So when my Diana began manning the wheels, with my dSLR sitting lonely in the backseat, it took a while for me to see the beauty in the blur. And I was far less forgiving when it came to my own blurry pictures.
Now a few weeks ago, ceduxi0n and I attended Lomography LA’s Sunset and Light Painting Workshop at the Santa Monica Beach.
I’ve taken a number of sunset and nighttime photos before with my digital camera – in fact, sunsets were my favorite subjects – so although it has been a long time since I’ve done that, I was prepared. I came to the store armed with my tripod and a lightmeter.
Before we hopped on the bus that would take us to the beach however, word started spreading around that big tripods aren’t permitted on the pier for some reason… Psh! No biggie, right? This is why they invented those cute and handy War-of-the-Worlds-aliens-in-miniature-form-looking things.
Unfortunately, some of us didn’t have those.
“How can we do nighttime shots without tripods?”, we asked ourselves. We had to leave our tripods behind and rely on any stationary object we could find on the pier – railings, benches, people’s heads… Sometimes, we just had to pray that our hands could stay still long enough to get the right exposure. It was a bit frustrating, especially when I found a tourist doing a long exposure shot of the ferris wheel with his digital camera sitting comfortably on a massive, expensive-looking tripod.
Needless to say, I lost all hopes of getting any barely tolerable shots back when I dropped off my rolls at the lab.
It was a really nice treat, however, when I started scanning the negatives and I found not only nice low-light shots of the pier…
…but also super blurry nighttime ones that I instantly loved the moment I saw them.
I was converted.