Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

That time again… weekly photo challenge.

Unfocused. You may curse or cheer this week’s theme. We’re looking for that picture which is unfocused. It may be completely intentional, or accidental. You might have thought about trashing it, but in the end it definitely conveys something. – Sara Rosso

Sara sets up these challenges and if you want to see more follow this link:



I usually toss away the unfocused pictures… so easy in the world of digital… delete… which leaves space on the memory card for more. I did find 2 pictures… One of Holly sleeping in her basket with the stuffed bear. Too cute to delete. The other is some blossoms from Century Park in Shanghai last spring… This was intentional since the blossom up close is in focus and the background isΒ  a blur.

Cuddled UP & Cute


What do you do with your unfocused pics?


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33 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

  1. lesliekb

    Funny…as I’m opening up your Blog site… my hubby is telling our son to “be focused”. A photo of him and the many little things that caught his attention would be “unfocused”. What do I do with my unfocused photos… if the subject is right I keep them. I think in 10 years they’ll be clearer than my memory. lol

  2. Freda Goulet

    I love the pic of Holly,,,you must really miss her and are glad to have photos of her, whether or not they are “unfocused”.

    • Yes I miss her a lot and think I hear her or see her at times and then realise it is a towel, shadow or John’s shoes… The memory is more important now than the quality of picture… so even unfocused it is a treasure. That was her favourite spot here in China… she loved to curl up in her basket under the heater on cold winter days in the bathroom… the warmest room in the house!

      • Freda Goulet

        You are like Ronda…her three dogs and two cats are like children to her. I remember how upset she was when her dog, Dixie, died of cancer a few years ago. Ronda still misses her , even with the new animals.

        • I guess when you have a pet that is special it makes it hard 😦 All pets are great, but I think a few really touch us…

  3. Enjoyable photos. I save my unfocused photos – if they are interesting – and use photoshop techniques on them to see what other interesting things might happen. You can see my contribution to “unfocused” here: http://wp.me/p1TywS-rc


  4. Holly is cute, you’ve paid such a great tribute to her.

    I use Picasa for photoshop it’s a free download and easy to use.

    • Holly was a beautiful fluffy cat… she loved people and company. I have downloaded Picasa and started to use it for waternarks, now I have to play with all its other features.

  5. Amar Naik

    great entry for the challenge

  6. Wonderful photos for the challenge. I usually scrap most of my “unfocused” shots…and believe me I have tons of them…haha!

    I have kept a few, which had some sentimental value though…I like looking at them, brings me back to that very moment that they were captured.

    • I agree… or sometimes it is the only shot you got because it passed so quickly. Not a shot for the album or the wall, but one for the memory πŸ™‚
      Thanks for your comment.

  7. What a cute kitty – I am a sucker for pussy pics…oh my – that sounds a bit funny….hehehe

    • Thanks πŸ™‚ In the smaller size it looks OK, but full screen you can see it is out of focus because of the lighting and I didn’t want the flash to go off and wake her. The beeping and flash would always wake her and then I would have missed the shot.

      • Yes that sounds about right…my two are really hard to get. As is the Demented Fox Terrier…you have to be stealth…like a ninja, to get anything here.

  8. Congratulations! I have just given you the Kreative Blogger Award and The ABC Award – you can find out more about this here on my blog http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/2012/05/07/awards-in-march-and-april/ I do hope that you will accept these awards in the spirit in which they are sent to you. With best wishes – and thank you for your blog. Alyson

    • Oh wow I am honoured -thank you so much!
      I am running off to work so I will have to sit down later and properly thank you and put it together πŸ™‚
      Thanks again.

  9. you’re welcome! thanks for writing a great blog

  10. Adorable cats . Just hard to resist. And the blossoms, a beautiful sight bringing a smile to anyones day. Thanks …

    • Thanks for the lovely comment… πŸ™‚
      It was my tribute to my cat Holly since I just had to put her down about a month ago and I miss her. I love the spring blossoms, reminds me of my back yard growing up we had a few cherry trees. Spring is great after a cold winter when everything is getting warmer and the blossoms look so pretty.

  11. I usually delete them, but am finding ways to use them after this challenge.

    • Yes some people were very creative!
      Now without a new challenge for this week (yet?) maybe they gave us some time to play with that idea and how to work with unfocused pics?

  12. Hya CanadianTravelBugs – seeing as there hasn’t been an official weekly photo challenge this week, I’m stepping up and throwing down a challenge for anyone who’s interested. http://wheresmybackpack.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/reflections/
    I’d love you to join in – the more the merrier. Pass it on. xxx

  13. Awww. Holly is sooo cute, cuddled up and all! Nice take on the challenge. πŸ˜€

  14. i don’t usually have a problem hitting delete when photos are blurred but i confess to having a hard time throwing away unfocused photos of my kids at unique moments (say, when they lean in to give mickey mouse a huge bear hug unexpectedly and i’m scrambling to get that shot, lol).

    thanks so much for passing by my blogporch and for your very kind comment. have a wonderful day! xox

    • I find it hard to delete some of those blurred shots too if it was just one… or a special subject. I found it harder with film and printed images. I just couldn’t throw them away like I was tossing aside that person and it felt disrespectful. I save them all in a little shoe box or envelope. Maybe one day with all the technology we can fix that blur and make it all clear again πŸ™‚

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