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Who says everything must be sharp?

Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) crossing the Mara River. Serengeti National Park. Tanzania

Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) crossing the Mara River. Serengeti National Park. Tanzania

I’ve heard it said that for a photograph to work, it has to have something in crisp focus – sharp. This includes images where the photographer is using blur through movement or focus to illustrate something – movement, subject separation etc. I have to ask why? Who says…?

So many of these “rules” have been made into hard and fast principles by hearsay, and they are simply not true. Have a look at the work Julieanne Kost has been doing on her Passenger Seat series to see what I mean. So, don’t get fixated on some arbitrary “rule”. Instead, go out there and create some beautiful images. Who cares what “rules” they break!

Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) crossing the Mara River. Serengeti National Park. Tanzania

Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) crossing the Mara River. Serengeti National Park. Tanzania

Photo Details: Nikon D7100 and Nikkor AF-S 80 – 400 VRII. ISO 100 and ⅛ sec at f22.

Roger de la Harpe

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