Soft focus is an important skill that can affect us metaphorically. In other words, the way we see the future has everything to do with how well we can look up and see the expanded horizon before us.~Peter Kline
Impressionist artists like Monet used the painting equivalent of soft focus in their work. In fact, my photo editing software has named the filter effects after different Impressionist artists.
Here are a few shots from our travels this year:
The expression “Having All Your Ducks in a Row” has a literal and figurative meaning in this garden in Amsterdam.
This gorgeous tree in bloom caught my eye in London’s Hyde Park.
These petunias became a canvas of color when I boosted the saturation and applied an Impressionist effect. I didn’t want to totally lose the outline of the flowers and the leaves, so for me, this degree of blurriness was enough. Do you agree?
What do you think? Do you like these “soft” images? Are you a fan of Impressionist painting?
There’s one more type of soft focus. As Peter Kline says in the quote above, having a soft focus on the future helps us to not get lost in the present. He reminds us to keep our sights on the distant horizon where our future is taking shape even as we stumble through the present moment. This quote is my guidepost as we “pick up” our lives back in the USA where the political situation is more polarizing than ever. For a clear-eyed look vision of the world and our current challenges, I highly recommend Barack Obama’s address honoring Nelson Mandela. It is enlightening and reassuring and provides great food for thought–regardless of your political affiliation.
As I end this post here are a few reminders:
- If you join our Lens-Artist Photo Challenge this week, be sure to link to Tina’s challenge.
- Include the tag “Lens-Artists” in your post.
- Stay tuned for the next challenge on Saturday, August 4th when it will be my turn to post a theme.
- Missed our initial Lens-Artists challenge announcement? Click here for details.
And finally, have an inspiring week, everyone!