This months Inspiration challenge we chose a quote from one of my most favourite books, a fairly well known quote by this author but altogether lovely, we used the hashtag #welovewhatwelove to challenge our members to reach deep inside and pull out some work that really resonated with them personally.
“It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.” - Patrick Rothfuss
Top 5 in no particular order:
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The month of February was spent exploring low light in it's many forms and distinctions. We encouraged our Imperfectionist group members to share images taken in a variety of low light situations and the turn out was absolutely fabulous.
One of the things about low light that we love is the story that can exist in the shadows of an image, where the question lies in the darkness. This creates an ebb and flow in an image that can tell some stories in ways a well lit area just can't quite capture.
With that, here are some of the most breathtaking images shared with us for this technique exploration and keep an eye out for a post in the coming days for our inspiration challenge too!
The Spotlight Artists
in no particular order:
And From our Admin Team:
We have such an incredible announcement, Julie Ormonde is the admin and founder of Distorted Beauty and she had this to say about this incredible new adventure we will all be embarking on:
Distorted Beauty and Fantastically Flawed are two groups of the same mind, the same mission, and the same goals. We are absolute friends in the creative community. We both want a space that is comfortable for creatives to express themselves, to push outside the mainstream box, and their own internal box. We want a place for people to explore, learn, laugh, and grow together. We want a place that celebrates and cherishes the imperfect as perfect. The flawed as beauty. The distorted as fabulous. We have decided that the best way to do this is to join our communities together to create something more. More support, more conversations, and more fun! We plan to bring challenges, education, and a sense of family through all of our voices. We do hope you will find a home with us as “The Imperfectionists”.
So with that beautiful prelude we would like to introduce to you a little of Julies astonishing work.
Please join us here: the imperfectionists
01.15.18 through 10.21.18
For this mini challenge the motivation was simple, lets get this amazing group sharing their hearts out.
Well, we were as usual left utterly breathless at the simply astonishing submissions and it was as difficult as ever to choose the top 10. Pretty near impossible I think as it took us well into the next challenge to choose.
In no particular order they are as follows:
COMING SOON TO OUR COMMUNITY <-- click here to join
Welcome to The Imperfectionists! As we amped up our new community facebook group and new members started joining us to contribute to the absolutely lovely atmosphere we have seen blooming there we decided to encourage everyone to introduce themselves with some of their favourite flawed images and in order to be featured share them on our community wall with the hashtag "hello" so in the spirit of introducing our community to you properly, here is one image from every member who submitted to our very first theme.
Prepare to have your socks blown off, we certainly have.
This may be our best blog yet. The amount of talent in these simple introductions left us completely in awe of the incredible talent within each unique individual we have in our community.
Voices speaking loudly through silent still images. We are so blessed to share these with you.
(join us here <--- click me! for the month of February we are exploring Low Light)
IF WE MISSED YOUR SUBMISSION PLEASE NOTIFY US!!!
11.21.17 through 12.05.17
We all have anxiety, we can all somehow relate. Some of us have more anxiety than what should naturally occur and it becomes disruptive to everyday life while others just experience the type of anxiety that is practical in the face of public speaking or skydiving, or christmas dinner with the inlaws.
Those of you who opened your hearts to us this round, we are so grateful and so humbled by your bravery, for this reason, after the spotlight artist, we have decided to feature all of the amazing images that were shared with us this round. Thank you all for your incredible vulnerability, we are so very honoured.
A special thank you to our guest judge this round Kate Brezicha of Anchors Away Photography for this beautiful theme.
--Anxiety-- "we have hope, which is the anchor for the soul. Firm and secure" - Hebrews 6:19
Congratulations to our spotlight artist Molly Anna Photography
Kate had this to say about your image: It shows how someone can be trapped, feeling like their stuck somewhere they shouldn't be. Like they can't move or do anything.. the static. All of it just really pulls the photo to complete it.
The other incredible images from this series of open hearts are as follows in no particular order:
My darlings! You can't possibly grasp how truly excited we are to announce we have started a new community facebook group where we will have educational content, discussions, and an open forum for sharing. We will be restructuring the facebook page and encouraging you all to share in the group for our challenges in the hopes we will get you inspired and out to shoot something new each round.
We are all so absolutely elated to have you join us here!
11.07.17 through 11.21.17
This theme was such a wonderfully subjective one. We were able to look within rather than without for this challenge and we are so thrilled to have had such a wonderful turnout on such a busy couple of weeks. Happy Thanksgiving to our USA community members!! We were so blessed to have Alicia Fethke of Alicia Fethke Photography with us for this round.
Congratulations to our spotlight artist Earth Angels- Angela Juhasz Photography
This image is particularly striking, the reflection inspires a sense of wonder and imagination while her wistful expression suggests she is lost somewhere in her mind. Beautiful.
Top 5 in no particular order:
We want to thank you each for visiting us on your holiday weekend and look forward to seeing you soon for big announcements on our Facebook page!
Our most recent theme with the lovely Kate Brezicha of Anchors Away Photography is a lovely verse paired with the emotion -Anxiety- "we have hope, which is the anchor for the soul. Firm and secure" - Hebrews 6:19
SEE YOU THERE WE LOVE YOU!
10.31.17 through 11.07.17
Subjectivity, such a wonderful way to bring out the creative in all of us with a theme so perfectly calculated to get those wheels spinning. With themes like this, where you are open to interpret whatever you wish to from the theme we end up with some of the most absolutely stunning submissions it blows our minds here at Fantastically Flawed. The lovely Ceri Herd of Ceri Herd Photography with is for this amazing theme and you would not believe the caliber of submissions we received. I feel as though I know you all a little better.
Congratulations to our spotlight artist Anita Cline
Ceri had this to say about her winning image: Anita's stunning image stopped me in my tracks the moment I saw it! The freelesnsed softness creates a dream-like texture of fallen leaves and glowing bokeh, along with creative and attention-grabbing focus on beautiful rich red tones, is magical and nostaglic. Simply perfect.
And the top 9 in no particular order:
Admin Honourable Mention: Wilhelmina Photography
This image is so absolutely stunning and full of rich textures it stopped me right in my tracks! What a wow shot from this carefully styled shoot! Well done!
Please join us on Facebook and on Instagram next round for the lovely Alicia Fethke with "Life is a reflection of what you choose to see" -Unintentional reflections-
WE LOVE YOU IN ALL YOUR FLAWED WONDER
Thank you for being here with us! You all make this community wonderful!
10.10.17 through 10.24.17
My Autumn! What more can I say? We loved seeing all the beautiful interpretations of all this gorgeous season has to offer, with all the colours bursting through the forests in my area it was amazing to see what details caught everyones eye in all the different places you all live. Seeing this season through all your lenses was simply a privilege.
Admin Judge: Jade Lyf of Lyf is Grand Photography
Congratulations to our spotlight artist Janet Douglas
This image is absolutely breathtaking! I am completely speechless by this incredible work of art. What a wonderful use of double exposure and texture. Amazing work!
Top 5 images in no particular order:
9.22.17 through 10.9.17
This round we decided to do a little something different. We encouraged our community to share their favourite flawed techniques with us, and why they love them.
So we have compiled those to share with you in the interest of learning more about what makes the Fantastically Flawed community so beautiful. Each different technique will be listed, and underneath you will see all the submissions from that category which was shared with us this round.
We hope you enjoy this little departure from our normal routine! We absolutely did!
Intentional Camera Movement
Set your camera to a slower than necessary shutter speed and before the shutter closes, experiment with moving your camera intentionally to create this dreamy effect.
My favorite flawed technique is intentional camera movement (ICM). For me, the right movements simulate the look of a painting that is done in camera and not through post processing. This painterly look brings out colors, shapes, and emotions that transport me to a dreamy reminder of the feeling of a scene. I also started experimenting with combining ICM with in camera multiple exposure to sometimes bring back some focus. The diptych image uses both techniques. -Mabel Chow Photographs
intentional camera movement
I *love* to experiment with this technique, to create abstract art from the light and tones of the scene in front of me, to capture mood rather than being visually accurate. Ceri Herd Photography
Favourite flawed technique - I'm having a lot of fun with intentional motion blur at the moment. It feels free and light and although it's taking a while to get right I love the results. Here I experimented with panning with an extra slow shutter, so the background and the subject have different motion blur and there's only a bit of detail. I love how the long grass has motion and how the boy seems strong and free. I just love how it feels. Alice Chapman Photography
This image contains 3 of my favourite flaws - intentional camera movement, deliberate out of focus and in-camera double exposure. Perhaps the flaw is actually piling all the techniques into one image! Ceri Herd Photography
Remove the lens and hold it close to the body of your camera, focus to infinity and tilt the lens to create a slice of focus and dreamy bokeh surrounding the detail you chose to enhance. The lower your F stop, the smaller the depth of field and the more precise your slice will be.
Freelensing - because that oof blur is just the bestest ever! Hello Olivia
Freelensing is my favorite because it feels like a dream, like a memory. I know some people try it and give up because they can't get a good slice of focus but to me, the really soft dreamy ones are my favorite because they speak to my soul. Kelly Akers Photography
Pinball Wizard ~ The Edge of Elsewhere Photography. Freelensed, full of noise but can't part with it :)
I love freelensing and to create out of focus images that have a painterly feel. Yes, a soft image leaves out the details, but it lets your imagination run wild. You notice things that you may not have noticed without the flaws, like the colours in this beach scene. Cindy Cavanagh - Lifestyle Photographer
Freelensing is a favorite way of mine to purposefully add flaws, but to also purposefully add an element achieved no other way, the strip of diagonal focus that can lead our eyes through an image like a path while all else fades away, framing the subject in a painterly blur. Lauren Jensen Photography
OOF- Out of Focus
An image that is entirely out of focus can feel like a painting or a memory and can in fact, sometimes, tell your story more accurately without the details. This is usually achieved by focusing too close, rather than too far from your subject.
My favorite flawed technique is intentional defocus. Dana Reynolds Ball
I love it when a missed focus seems like a memory. Eastview Photography
OOF Blur Janet Douglas
Using your camera, usually in manual focus mode, to focus on something unusual like a strand of hair or stray plant in the foreground causes the viewer to be drawn further into the story of the image in some cases. In other cases the use of foreground bokeh can create a dreamy effect. This is an excellent way to create a wide variety of images and feelings.
Favourite flaw: "missed" focus photos that capture smaller details often overlooked in other photos but add so much to the story without all the other information and ultimately add more depth to the shot or series. Simple Moments Photography
One of my favorite flawed techniques I used in this image was manual focus to create something on blurpose ;) I used part of the plant to create layering in the foreground while manually focusing on a part of the plant further in. I can't really pick one favorite flawed technique that I love the most .. Here I've combined manual focus, texture, OOF, soft focus, and over exposure in some areas! Taken with my Helios lens which alone provides some beautiful flaws :) | Shannon Kathleen Photography
Uluru Australia (technique is my poor eyesight plus camera set to auto sport mode) the heat of this incredibly dry desert environment, taking in the immense iconic landscape, seeking out details to capture the feeling of fleeting yet very moving moments…. Megan Thomas
My favorite flawed technique is using unusual focus to capture a moment differently. I find that it evokes different emotions from the photograph and can almost make it come to life in a whole different way. Add a moody black and white edit and i'm in love! A Spirit Embraced
Focusing on something unconventional, such as a strand of hair. Love Haight Photography
selective focus - just like freelensing, I like to use shallow depth of field and focus on seemingly unimportant part of the image. That allows the main subject to take more dreamy feeling. SoPo Designs Photography
Flares from bright light on the outside front element of your lens and also light that leaks through between the lens and the camera mount can cause this dreamy effect.
My favorite ways of creating flawed images are freelensing, and light leaks! Bring them together and magic happens. Lauren Jensen Photography
Sometimes we just don't know how it happens, but a happy accident can cause a beautiful image through any number of occurrences.
This was not intentional, but I thought it was interesting! I accidnetly WAY overexposed this image of geese flying overhead and when I brought the exposure back down in Lightroom I ended up with this burnout effect. Kind of cool and totally a flawed image! Sarah Villarreal Photography
Motion Blur/ Slow Shutter Speed
By leaving your shutter open longer than necessary you can blur parts of your image, or create the illusion that the image is in motion. Experimenting with this technique can produce some fascinating results.
People often look at my work and will openly tell me that I've not got it in focus. I lost the shot. I missed the moment. When I tell them that I actually shoot with that in mind it confuses them - especially folk who are just starting out on their photography path.
Motion blur and images which are not tack sharp are one of my favourite flaws to play with. Because freezing moments is a key part to being a photographer right? But so is shooting too reflect the mood - and this boy doesn't sit still, he is always moving, he is the blur, he is the motion and I want to capture him moving through my photograph, recording him doing his thing, for at 6 years old, he is never frozen. The Glass Narrator
blur/movement/slow shutter speed Janet Douglas
This technique can be achieved both in camera and in post by taking a photo on top of another photo producing a sort of "window" appearance.
I had this vision of a dreamy double exposure photograph but it's just not working out but hey it's kinda like her shirt says so I'll go with it. Love how flawed photography techniques mirror the perfectly imperfect parallel of raising kiddos and remembering moments just as they are. danielle miller random acts of pictures
Lensbaby lenses and optics are designed to give your images a "flawed" or "unique" appearance. There is a variety of these lenses and they are very affordable.
I wanted to share one of my favorite photography tools that I use to bring create my beautifully "flawed" images. I make it no secret that I adore Lensbaby lenses. I have a Lensbaby on my camera over 99% of the time. There are so many options when it comes to Lensbabies. They have endless ways to bend and create with bokeh, giving you the tools to bring your vision to life in fun and unique ways. I shot this one with a Lensbaby Velvet 85. Their Velvet lenses allow you to produce dreamy, creamy bokeh at wide apertures that just simply glows. Stopping down the lens gives you a more velvety (apply named) matte, film like look that I simply adore! This image was shot at f2.8. Ashlee Krammes, Photographer.
Removing a lens and turning it around and holding it close to the camera to foucus on something very closely, a quick fix if you don't have a macro lens, also creates a very unique look.
Here is a reverse macro shot of mine! There are a lot of butterflies outside these days! Michèle Tremblay Photo
Addition of simulated film grain or grain and texture from an added overlay, also use of actual film can add this kind of visual noise.
Freelensing, for me, in combination with overly heavy amounts of grain and shadow; evokes a feeling of looking back on something ethereal but oddly detailed, trying to grasp at a memory, or looking in on someone elses memories. At least, that's what I hope for and this technique allows me to focus my viewer where I want and make a dreamy almost chalky feeling image that begs a question. Lyf Is Grand Photography
There are a few Flawed Techniques that weren't submitted to us this round, maybe we will do this again but in the meantime, here is a list of some of the techniques you didn't see in this blog post!
Dramatic Black and White
Our current theme is -My Autumn- running through Oct 23rd
See you there!
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