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Blur is Beautiful : Learn Zoom Blur

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Yes, here I am again, for those who haven’t convinced themselves that blur can be beautiful.ย But I am ย Glad that Carl of ‘Old fellow goes running’, agreed not to deleted blurry pictures without a second thought ๐Ÿ˜€

Today I am hoping to make some more people to join me in my ‘Blur is beautiful’ Campaign ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Time is an Illusion : Zoom blur

Like other pictures, this one is also not an edited one.

This technique is known as Zoom blur.ย  To execute this technique effectively you need a tripod, a zoom lens, and of course a camera ๐Ÿ˜‰

Again we are going for a slower shutter speed.

Lets learn zoom blur in some simple steps.

  • Camera is mounted on the tripod with a slower shutter speed like 1/10, 1/4 or anything; ย choice is yours.
  • ย Focus onย an object, and then put it in manual focus, so that I won’t adjust itself while clicking the photo
  • When you click, the shutter get opened, at that time zoom in or zoom out your lens, preferably without any shake to the camera.
  • As the shutter closes, check the result.
  • Now you have a zoom blur.

If you don’t have a tripod, don’t worry. Any hard surface can act as a tripod, effectiveness may vary though.

if you don’t have a tripod and zoom lens, don’t worry; you can still try zoom blur. Just move the whole camera towards or away from the object, ย trying to minimize the camera shake as much as possible. It won’t be a perfect picture as per conventional norms. But remember, blur is beautiful ๐Ÿ˜€

Try, experiment and let me know. Any questions? Ask,ย Happy to help

All pictures are taken by Trablogger.ย Please contact for approval,ย if you would like to use themย for any purpose

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25 thoughts on “Blur is Beautiful : Learn Zoom Blur

    1. Hey Mel.. Good to see you after a very long time. From what I have seen from your FB updates, good to know that you are doing great and following your passion.
      Yes, a few days ago, i registered for BU201. You will be there?

      1. Yes, I do hope so! I won’t be able to be in it at 100%, i am going to Food Bloggers Connect in London end of September and until then, plenty of life and work related issues to sort out. Hope all is well, keep calm and keel blogging ๐Ÿ˜‰

        1. Oh, you pretty active in offline blogging events ๐Ÿ˜€
          Good luck with whatever it is you are going to be busy with ๐Ÿ™‚
          yea, you too, keep calm and cook good food ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. Nice concept. I’ll have to try it some time, and it goes against the grain in that you have to move the camera while you always try to keep it very still at all other times. ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Yea.. we are just getting started the journey to attain the speed of light, so that past present and future will coexist. The blurry vision is the first sign!!! Welcome to time machine ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Thank you Trablogger so much for the “pingback”. You are the best. ๐Ÿ˜€ This blur picture is absolutely incredible. It is really cool how the clock hands and numbers extend beyond the clock.
    Thank you for the step by step outline of how to take a blurred picture of an image such as this. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Haha.. Mention not. Thank you for enjoying my posts ๐Ÿ˜€ When I wanted to study these things, I wish there were someone telling me step by step. Now i guess its time for me to share my limited knowledge. They say sharing is caring. I thought, today let me care those people who care for me ๐Ÿ˜€

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