Come See The Paradise

Shanghai | Come See The Paradise | © DM Barlow (2017)
Shanghai | Red | © DM Barlow (2017)

Starting in 2014, I started to experiment with abstracts – usually with the 90mm tilt-shift lens, but also with the 24-105mm and occasionally my old 35mm Nikkor. With the camera mounted on a tripod, I focus on the subject and then very carefully turn the focal ring until the image is ‘suitably’ blurred: too much and the image becomes a single blob of colour, too little and the subject is easily discernible. Finding the right place, the happy medium – the Goldilocks focal point – takes a bit of practice. Very little processing required : slight rise in saturation and noise reduction.

These pictures are part of my Abstracts series called Come See The Paradise, photographed during the summer and autumn of 2014 in Century Park, Shanghai.