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hhhmmm...so that's how she does it??!! ;o) Still sifting and slightly bemused, but I think I get it! You take the best photos, Elizabeth. And I've long wondered how you get these fantastic shots that have such natural presence and emotion too. Thanks for this great tutorial! I will have to get my bigger, better camera out and play... Happy Weekend ((HUGS))

I would say you shoot with a very short depth of field.

no fuzz on the fuzziness. ;)

i think it makes sense:)
p.s. love the photo!

@jerry: that + play is the essence of it, yes!

so maybe it would be easier to say:

a) use a very short depth of field.
b) play.

the 50mm is my favorite lens! :)

Just popping by from Tracy's blog to see what 'the other Elizabeth' is up to --and so thrilled to find your super blog!
Pictures galore and Atlas too.
Your photographs are very lovely indeed.
Greetings from New York!

*laughing uproariously*

I misinterpreted your opening sentence and was expecting that you somehow used email to take your fuzzy pictures. I made it all the way through to the end (understanding, at least in general terms, your "fuzzy" explanation) before I realized that email was the means of your earlier explanations, not the tool for taking the pictures.

But I was really curious about how you used email to take pictures of any kind! :D

Happy Friday!

i have been on 'blog reading break' and maybe the reason i am *most happy* to be back is your photos. you have such talent (talent for fuzz) and share beauty in a unique way that brightens all of our lives. so thank you - i appreciate it even more after being away!

xoxo

In many ways, your pictures are a reflection of life. Life is not sharp and clear. There is a lot of fuzz. At best we only see clearly what is right before our eyes, and then only briefly.

Well, it's not just that you shoot with a shallow depth of field. You shoot so that your subject is *outside* the shallow depth of field.

For people wanting to know more, I'd suggest reading about "bokeh" ...lots of articles on the web about achieving the out of focus dots in the background of shots.

3 things affect depth of field: lens length (the longer the lens, the shallower the depth of field); aperture (smaller f-stop numbers yield shallower depth of field); and distance from camera to subject (closer to subject yields shallower depth of field).

One of the keys to your images based on your explanation would seem to be placing your camera closer to the subject than its lens' minimum close focusing distance. Or deliberately moving your camera forward after half-pressing the shutter if you have auto-focus enabled. At close distances that would likely throw the subject out of focus as you desire.

Thanks for sharing this Elizabeth. I love your photos and you inspire me to play. :)

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