Taken with camera attached very securely to tripod…

Some things are simply too… er… “good” to not be shared.

The following started out as a two-paragraph reply to a comment on one of my pics on Flickr. But I’m afraid I got rather carried away (I know, I know… some folk think I should be carried away) and ended up with… well, the following basically.

With which I was so enamoured that I just couldn’t resist reposting it here (in slightly amended form to suit the different medium of course).

Bedford at night P1020382

Observe the foregoing image and study it well.

For what we have here is a wonderful and innovative new style, known as “woolly focus”… an enhanced development of soft focus. Achieved by the extremely complicated technique of carefully and precisely not standing the tripod on anything solid.

Care and precision being the key words.

Takes months of practise… and so easy to get wrong. Especially if you listen to the misguided advice of other less competent and less imaginative photographers who, whilst perhaps technically proficient (as if that mattered), lack the requisite creative vision.

Just a slightly wrong placement and its all screwed up and all you get is a bog-standard sharply-in-focus pic. No good at all. Far too common.  So “yesterday” and clichéd.

A similar effect can of course be achieved by hand-holding the camera… preferably whilst in a state equivalent to that “morning after” feeling. But this tends to be a far less reliable method, with a much greater chance of accidentally achieving something like sharpness of detail… a result to be deplored. Naturally.

A more extreme version of the effect (discovered by chance, and that I’m still experimenting with) is possible by a very accurately targeted light kicking of one of the tripod legs at the critical moment.
This is a much more advanced technique though as split-second timing is of the essence as is applying a precise amount of energy to the kick, and it therefore requires very much more practise.

And a few spare tripods.

And cameras.

In fact, I’m fully prepared to offer lessons in these techniques… for appropriate recompense obviously.

Inevitably there will be many who fail to appreciate the significance of this style of photography and just how much skill it takes to achieve a good representation of it so at some point I shall probably also offer courses in which people can enrol, wherein I shall make every effort to explain, illustrate and demonstrate  the subtleties and nuances of these techniques, and the magnificently symbolic meanings that can be imparted to images within this particular genre.

These techniques also render possible, for the very first time, the opportunity to meaningfully reinterpret the phrase “in the eye of the beholder”.

Thusly… if a beholder fails to fully appreciate this richly symbolic and important method of visual representation then you smack them in the eye with the tripod… an application of the principle that learning is most effectively achieved when reinforced with pain.

If, despite such education, there are those who still fail to understand the vital importance of this form of creative work as an expression of one’s inner vision and unique way of seeing the world (usually when drunk)  then clearly they are cultural heathens, illiterate scum, ignoramuses, the “common man”… and not worth bothering about.

They’re also blind in one eye probably.

About fotdmike

Occasional photographer; occasional writer/blogger; occasional activist; occasional computer-geek. Bit of a fool really.
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6 Responses to Taken with camera attached very securely to tripod…

  1. forkboy says:

    So not only are you now a full-fledged artist, but you’re offering lessons in your own “special”, and I use this word knowing fully how you will interpret it, way of doing photographs.

    For a guy with so many tripods you would think he might have a modicum of knowledge about how to use one…


    • fotdmike says:

      “For a guy with so many tripods you would think he might have a modicum of knowledge about how to use one”

      Surely you’re not implying that I don’t? O foolish man. Its not everyone that can devize new and exciting ways of using them. That takes real expertise! And imagination. And creativity.


  2. forkboy says:

    That takes real expertise! And imagination. And creativity.

    Dare I say all the hallmarks of an Artist?

  3. forkboy says:

    I do sir! I am officially calling you out of the closet and assigning the nomenclature of Artist to you!

    If you still have any further doubts I suggest your re-read your WP posting for this month’s group project.

    • fotdmike says:

      Well, you’re not really calling me out of any closet at all cos I’ve never actually denied being an artist (ex-artist if we wanna be pedantic). In fact, I distinctly recollect having mentioned this numerous times… most recently just a few moments ago on another blog as it happens.

      With that out of the way I can (presumably) authoritatively assert, given my expertise, that photographs ain’t art.

      So, with that finally settled, would there be anything else?


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