Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused #2

by Rick Diffley on May 6, 2012

Lens Zoom Effect

Zooming Effect During Exposure

I wanted to provide folks with an idea to achieve the “unfocused” look for this weeks Word Press Photo Challenge.

You need a zoom lens for this one. This takes some practice, but the results are worth it!

The best exposure setting is 1/2 to 2 seconds. Begin by framing your subject with the widest angle of your zoom lens and then zoom toward the longer end as you click your shutter. For example, I used this technique with my 18mm-200mm zoom. I begin at 18mm and zoomed to 170mm as I push the shutter button. If you pause for an instant after you click your shutter button, more of your subject will be sharp in the zoom center. It takes lots of practice (and sometime luck) to master this technique, but it’s a fun one to play with.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne Freeman May 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Lovely! My contribution is here: http://wp.me/p1TywS-rc



Rick Diffley May 7, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Anne, thank you!


Judy May 6, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Awesome photos and great tips! I like your “rusty” HDR challenge photo and this one too! My comment on Jake’s site is right under yours and wanted to see HDR photography. I’m glad I checked it out!


Rick Diffley May 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Thank you Judy for stopping by and that the information was helpful.


jo bryant May 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

great image…but even greater is the tutorial with it. Thanks Rick


Rick Diffley May 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Glad the information was helpful!


Anne @ Zen and Genki May 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Love this, Rick! Nice job!


Rick Diffley May 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Thank you and umm pasta recipe!


milkayphoto May 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM

LOVE lens zoom effects but NEVER shoot them enough! Will have to play with this soon!


Rick Diffley May 7, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Yes zoom effects are fun to shoot. Another is the swirl your camera in a tight circle, but without the zoom process.


Patti Kuche May 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM

What an incredible splash of colour with all your wonderful advice, than you Rick! Can’t wait to get practicing . . . lots!


Rick Diffley May 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Great Patti and hope you have success! As noted earlier, you can also move your camera in a quick tight circle for a whole different effect, without zooming.


lynne ayers May 7, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Really like this one, Rick. Many flower photos are just more flowers, but not this one!


Rick Diffley May 7, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Thanks for the nice comment about this zoom process.


Cassie May 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM

This picture is awesome, Rick! Amazing colors and the effect you’ve created is undescribable – one time I feel hypnotized, the other as if I would fall. Love it!


Rick Diffley May 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Glad the image excites you. Is it some thing you could go out and reproduce?


canadiantravelbugs May 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Wow it looks like it is moving… made me dizzy! I love the effect and colours :)


Sarah May 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Really cool, Rick. I’ve seen that done with a picture of a tree shot from laying down next to the base of the trunk. Love the color in those flowers! My contribution is here: http://wp.me/pVF3g-6O


Rick Diffley May 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Thank you for your comment. Fun to step out of the typical image and shoot this.


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