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Blur

That pretty much sizes up my mood right now. I think I’ve reached my serial killer threshold.

My alternator finally died (for good) and so I had little choice but to sell my lenses. Not my camera! Just the lenses. The good side is that I’ve fixed my car. The bad side is that I’m stuck with one 28 MM film lens which doesn’t even attach to my camera. Yeah. Hard times!

Nevertheless, I force myself to see this as a positive situation; with much everything else. Having to hold my lens up to my camera, I discovered that I can bend the light in Hitchcockian fashion, if I do it juuuuust right. I get a good amount of blur (which I love) and heavier in-camera contrast. Not a bad thing. The downside is that it really sucks having to hold your lens up to your camera manually.

Alas, it served its purpose, which was to distract me from having to write my 6 page term paper today. About…you guessed it! Serial killers. I can’t believe I’m actually looking forward to beginning my psychology classes again next month. A person can handle studying only so many paraphiliacs before the brain begins to involuntarily shut down.

Which is what’s happening in my case.

On to my paper…

Shot in monochrome- today’s batch of pics: YUS 28 MM film/Canon Rebel XSI- back deck
doorknobMJseedsMJ
doorknob2
blurMJleaves


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19 responses

  1. I’d google that paraphiliac word, but I don’t think I want to know… glad to hear from you…

    July 30, 2015 at 7:09 pm

  2. yvo

    woowwwee. these are great shots B. funny how the common subject matter becomes the uncommon point of interest. Way to go working within limitation, you found a way to rock it. Hey you were in my prayer zone last night and this morning. Keep on keeping on. I know you will ROCK the paper. Love you You amazing U!!! x

    July 30, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    • Aww, thanks for your unwavering friendship and support, Y. I love you too, gal. Well keep me in the prayer zone! I’m afraid before long, God will be like, “Birgitta who?” Haha…seriously. I’m ready for another vacation. 😉 And yeah, about the subject matter. I’ve always been attracted to the “nothing potential” in a shot. What others frequently pass by is what I’m more drawn to. But hey, I could say the same for you! You have a million and one seed pod/florals which you could easily have passed up. (Those are some of my favourites of yours.) Speaking of which, I really need to pop into your RB place soon. I need a hefty art injection! I better get on to my paper (which = reading more of Virginia Woolf’s diary…ha. Anything to distract, eh?)

      July 30, 2015 at 7:34 pm

  3. there is a grp on flickr called ‘blur baby blur

    July 30, 2015 at 11:27 pm

  4. i’ve been watching a wonderful DVD series on prisons in the US. really enjoyed it so much. was called ‘the big house’.

    July 30, 2015 at 11:28 pm

  5. Such constraints sometimes end up making you more creative. I remember how I had to manage my guitar with just 3 strings in a village. I wanted to play it anyway and came up with a unique style of Indian classical music on it.
    Your shots look really good. This too, shall sort out.
    Take care.

    July 31, 2015 at 3:52 am

    • I would have to agree with you on that one. 😉 Good seeing you, by the way. x

      August 3, 2015 at 12:00 am

  6. Sucks about the lenses, but I am liking the result of the situation a lot. I really like the vybe you create and the emotion you capture, with the blur, it just enhances my inspiration, it reminds me of limbo/a dreamworld, especially the dorknob shot. I just wanna open the door and see what my mind paints as to whats behind it.

    July 31, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    • You know, I thought the same thing. I like the stretched perspective that this technique causes. I think the blur adds to the atmosphere. I remember (way back when) the “pros” would tell me to never allow blur or grain into my images. Naturally, I set out to do that as much as possible…heheh. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! xoxo

      August 3, 2015 at 12:02 am

      • Sounds just like what I would do!
        All well here, but it wasnt until a day ago! I hope you are having a much better summer than I am, and me and my two princes here hope there is definetely NO roaches near the corn of yours you mentioned!

        August 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      • Thought I’d take a moment to cheer you up, O! Only this year alone, I weathered my BFF (and love of my life) having a breakdown and having to hospitalize him, have had my hot water heater explode- thrice! (And still, no hot water. Arctic showers for several months now.) Had my gas shut off, the car/truck broke down for several months and left me without transportation, had both my laptops completely die (thank God for this ole dinosaur desktop!), had to sell all of my lenses just to fix my truck- still owe my school almost $600 for this semester- have gone hungry in the past few months more than my entire childhood (and that’s saying something)- and am in jeopardy of losing my internet- although I’m an online student. When you start feeling like your situation’s sucking over there- remember me. 😉 heheh… x

        August 7, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      • Oh, no! This is absolutely horrible, I do hope your situation improves. I just really wish I could have you close to me, cause I dont have 600 dollars to mail you this very moment (if I had them, they’d be on their way, trust me!), or spare PCs or lenses, but gods, you’d never be hungry :/ Please let me know if I can help in any way, and I will be having a serious convo with the clouds right now about turning that bad luck of yours around! Stay strong!

        August 7, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      • Glad I could cheer you up! hehe…really though, my (unbelievably difficult and tragic childhood) prepared me for a world that I’d have to fight for to survive. And that’s not self-pity talking! I’ve been in survival mode for so long that it’s just “normal” any more. But on the brighter side of things, I’ll be catching a life-saving windfall in another week or two. Nothing to buy a summer home with, but it WILL get the gas back on and get me caught up again. And maybe buy a few fat cheeseburgers…heheh. All is well here. As always. x

        August 7, 2015 at 6:51 pm

  7. I understand the camera lens frustration…oh I do I do. I wish I had a real camera again. After my cannon rebel broke I never could afford another one…hopefully in the future, but I need a new car first, and to pay for insurance, yadda, yadda, yadda. Beautiful pictures though 🙂

    August 3, 2015 at 5:13 am

    • Dang, BBB, We’re right on the same page then I’m guessing! Ha. I feel ya. 😉

      August 3, 2015 at 7:39 am

  8. elmediat

    Anagram for paraphiliac – ” a pariah clap ” or ” hip racial pa ” .

    If you had decided to become an entomologist you would have written a term paper on Cereal Killers. The pressure of term paper crunches can drive anyone a bit buggy . 🙂

    Excellent compositions. Interestingly, I recently did an Existential Friday post concerning a hand held plastic shell app. 🙂

    August 9, 2015 at 10:01 pm

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