Be­hind the scenes

Blur the fore­ground to add in­ter­est to an im­age

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An ef­fec­tive shal­low-fo­cus tech­nique, thank­fully not yet over-used, is to place the fo­cus be­hind the sub­ject, so that it has to rely on colour, shape and other clues to make it­self un­der­stood vis­ually. Why, you might ask, would any­one de­lib­er­ately set out to con­fuse? One rea­son is to in­trigue or sur­prise the viewer; another is when fo­cus­ing on the sub­ject might be too stri­dent, as in this case: the flowerbe­decked hair­dos of Bu­lang women at an an­nual rit­ual were im­por­tant, but could still be con­veyed while look­ing beyond them at other par­tic­i­pants.

In this shot of a Bu­lang woman, she’s been de­lib­er­ately blurred in or­der to draw at­ten­tion to the other par­tic­i­pants in the rit­ual. You don’t al­ways need the main el­e­ment to be sharp!

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