Monday, January 21, 2013

There Is A Filter For It

Looking at the above image you might be tempted to accuse me of Photoshopping it. You can achieve this somewhat impressionistic appearance by selectively using the various "art" filters on Photoshop: indeed I have used them myself on many occasions to brighten up a dull shot. It would appear, however, that you do not need to invest in Photoshop to get the same effect - simply have your camera out of focus and allow your hand to tremble a little when you press the shutter. This was true of the days when cameras had manual focus lenses and shutters that had to be physically set. These days, there is a digital filter for it.

The picture was taken in Paris, during my honeymoon there in 1973 (as good as an excuse for camera shake as I can think of). I have just realised, that is forty years ago : I must make a note to myself in my on-line digital diary to remember my anniversary later this year.


  1. Pretty tricky! Cool that we have so many more options to work with photos.

  2. Forty is a big one, congratulations. Plan something special to mark the day.

  3. Ah, the Paris effect. That's what I'll be thinking next time I get a shaky picture. By the way, you and your GLW are one year ahead of us. Our 40th will be in March, 2014. It doesn't sound much, if you say it fast.

  4. Oh OK Alan and Martin, and we're one year back still; July 1975. Make sure you don't forget to buy Isobel something nice.

    I manage to get the 'Paris Effect' still. Mind you I was using my iPad in Stratord-on-Avon to capture the Christmas lights - no camera to hand. Having said that, some of the shots were were quite good.


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