Celebrating mistakes

Sky and ice are wrapped in a grey embrace at the moment.

Birds flew by in a blur of black and white.

I failed to capture their movement with any focus

But when looking at the shots, I wondered if perhaps

This is what trees looked like to birds as they flew by.

The failed shots look like paintings, don’t you think?

As you can see, I try to live by the philosophy of celebrating my mistakes.

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75 responses

  1. OK…that means I have a ton of blur to re-consider! winky wink!

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    January 21, 2012 at 16:14

  2. Jim

    One man’s/woman’s mistakes are another man’s/woman’s creations! This are great and create a different view/perspective of an otherwise static photo.

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    January 21, 2012 at 16:15

  3. I like these shots and I’m with you … wonder if this is what the birds see as they fly by. I’m joining Sophie and must look at my blur shots again! 😀 😀 Happy Critter Day!

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    January 21, 2012 at 16:16

  4. Amy

    Love the blurred look in these photos and amazingly enough the bird wasn´t blurred in the last photo- very cool effect Fi! 🙂 And if this is what it looks like for birds when they fly I´m glad I´m not a bird, would get dizzy!! 😉

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    January 21, 2012 at 16:18

  5. Wow. Never thought about it that way! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    January 21, 2012 at 16:18

  6. I think they look like paintings too. Wonderful! 🙂

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    January 21, 2012 at 16:22

  7. Lady Fi,
    I feel as if I became a bird which is flying like an arrow!! In science or chemistry, a mistake has created a great discovery many times. Let’s make a toast to your great mistakes. Wonderful photos!
    Best wishes,
    keiko

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    January 21, 2012 at 16:35

  8. Riet

    Great shots. Yes we will never know what the birds can see.

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    January 21, 2012 at 16:54

  9. Bob

    Nicely blurred.

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    January 21, 2012 at 16:59

  10. Love it when “failed” shots come out nice! 😀

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    January 21, 2012 at 17:00

  11. wow…the world is a blur…they must be flying…hahah….smiles…

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    January 21, 2012 at 17:00

  12. TexWisGirl

    i like these very much! and the idea of this is what the birds see… 🙂

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    January 21, 2012 at 17:02

  13. They do look artsy, great blurs! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    January 21, 2012 at 17:13

  14. beautiful thought!

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    January 21, 2012 at 17:21

  15. Interesting. Must give it a thought.
    Great captures.

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    January 21, 2012 at 17:26

  16. This is a print I would totally have on my wall, in my house.

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    January 21, 2012 at 17:27

  17. Yes, the blurry photos do look artistic. Especially the 2nd one.

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    January 21, 2012 at 17:30

  18. Fantastic shots!

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    January 21, 2012 at 17:45

  19. You make me want to delete fewer images and start looking at them more closely.

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    January 21, 2012 at 17:54

  20. Those are beautiful! They have a very artistic feel! Great job even if it wasn’t intentional!

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    January 21, 2012 at 18:07

  21. i really like these photos and the interpretation, too.

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    January 21, 2012 at 18:38

  22. They aren’t failed…they captured a moment in time…

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    January 21, 2012 at 18:38

  23. Yes, very nice photos, the speed of flight of a bird.

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    January 21, 2012 at 19:12

  24. Stilige bilder! – og aller best liker jeg det siste. Tror vi mennesker har lært oss mye på mange områder ved at vi har gjort noe feil – eller skal vi bare si annerledes enn det vi først hadde tenkt.

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    January 21, 2012 at 19:15

  25. No. Not Failed. More like Monets.

    Xx

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    January 21, 2012 at 19:41

  26. I love the idea of seeing the area as the birds in flight see it. Very clever and creative whether planned or not! Hope your weekend is going well!

    Syvia

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    January 21, 2012 at 19:46

  27. Exciting shoots you´ve made!! Nice blog too…how we come around….very cool indeed!! Thanks for visiting! Will stop by again , for sure! Kram från SMåland!!

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    January 21, 2012 at 19:55

  28. Awesome capture!

    Fur Baby for camera critters. Looking forward to your visit.

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    January 21, 2012 at 20:07

  29. imac

    Blink – Blink – There are great,

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    January 21, 2012 at 20:24

  30. Finding these oops moments in your photos can definitely be a treat. Very artistic. 🙂

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    January 21, 2012 at 21:00

  31. Some of the most beautiful things in life are originated from mistakes ~ this is one very fine, typical example!! 🙂

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    January 21, 2012 at 21:36

  32. sandy

    I think you might be right.

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    January 21, 2012 at 22:26

  33. You are undoubtedly right, Birds see the world in a blur of motion. Glad you posted them!

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    January 21, 2012 at 22:56

  34. Lady Fi, you captured the blurred moments of life also in a very captivating manner!

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    January 21, 2012 at 23:06

  35. You cannot believe how thankful I am to know you make them! (Is this jealousy speaking…I hope not!)

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    January 21, 2012 at 23:34

  36. I have posted shaky hands shots before, but they were not nearly as beautiful as these. I hope this is what birds see as they whiz past.

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    January 21, 2012 at 23:41

  37. A perfectly lovely blur of motion. I have had “mistakes” too that have also had a beautiful painting like effect. I like the texture that came out of your shots. Mistakes can be a chance to let loose further creativity.

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    January 22, 2012 at 00:07

  38. What they miss in detail they make up for in atmosphere!

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    January 22, 2012 at 00:29

  39. Ash

    I love these and I agree with you – they do look like paintings. The blur creates such a nice effect!!

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    January 22, 2012 at 00:58

  40. I like the second one. Maybe I shouldn’t delete so many of my mistakes!

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    January 22, 2012 at 01:25

  41. You can say that again! Now that YOU said so, it’s very convincing.

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    January 22, 2012 at 02:02

  42. I think they’re beautiful – some of my favorite photos of mine are the ‘mistakes’. I bet that is what the trees look like to birds!

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    January 22, 2012 at 02:34

  43. I’m sure you’re right about the trees being a blur to the birds. Good thought!
    K

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    January 22, 2012 at 03:23

  44. I like them both but the second one is my favorite!
    We celebrate our mistakes and learn from them and go forward.
    Your ‘mistakes’ look like abstract art.

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    January 22, 2012 at 05:20

  45. Great art shots. There is nothing to waste times

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    January 22, 2012 at 06:05

  46. I really like this effect. It is not the typical blur that comes from being out of focus but more controlled to capture the feeling of movement. What fun would photography be if we didn’t experiment and play.

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    January 22, 2012 at 07:36

    • You’re right – I panned with the camera to follow the bird’s movement.

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      January 22, 2012 at 07:39

  47. jaymoore409

    Looks like the view out a train window, as the world flies past and you try vainly to freeze it in time…

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    January 22, 2012 at 08:11

  48. OK, that’s and interesting photographic topic Fi, blurred photos. Who would have thought of that topic? Your birds were not blurred though which is probably why the rest of the photo(s) were? – Dave

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    January 22, 2012 at 09:38

  49. looks surreal and beautiful!

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    January 22, 2012 at 11:15

  50. Interesting photos! They are like paintings.

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    January 22, 2012 at 11:49

  51. Sometimes the “failed attempts” turn into the BEST THINGS….. this time included…

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    January 22, 2012 at 12:41

  52. Embrace mistakes, for you can learn a lot from them. These really have an artistic quality to them. 🙂

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    January 22, 2012 at 14:53

  53. JM

    These are such cool shots!

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    January 22, 2012 at 15:06

  54. very, very cool!

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    January 22, 2012 at 15:24

  55. I especially like the second one…it does very much look like a painting.

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    January 22, 2012 at 15:55

  56. You’re right — thee are very artistic and beautiful. Learning to celebrate mistakes is a huge advantage in life. It allows you to share wonderful images like these with us.

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    January 22, 2012 at 16:52

  57. Very true 🙂 artistic.. and i like the idea of celebrating my mistakes.

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    January 22, 2012 at 17:16

  58. They do look a lot like paintings – gorgeous!

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    January 22, 2012 at 17:24

  59. You can make anything look good..especially with your accompanying words:)

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    January 22, 2012 at 18:34

  60. I love your view of life. And I bet this is what birds do see as they fly (also some vampires from what I’ve seen of some very awful movies. HAHA).

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    January 22, 2012 at 21:03

  61. They do look like paintings, LadyFi. Celebrating mistakes, what an interesting concept 🙂

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    January 22, 2012 at 23:32

  62. I love what you made of these! You’re so creative thinking!

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    January 23, 2012 at 01:53

  63. interesting thoughts Fiona. I like wondering things like that too – and I do like the photos very much. they’re works of art in the abstract. and to think of all the blurred images I’ve tossed to the recycle bin. there will be more. happy week to you Fiona.

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    January 23, 2012 at 03:14

  64. Hi there – I have just returned from the wild, woolly and less that wonderful world of wireless only internet – so now I’m catching up.

    Without the magpie it would just be blur (I think) – but its presence alters the whole thing. Not everything needs to look like a field guide shot! (well that’s what I tell myself anyway!)

    Cheers – Stewart M – Australia

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    January 23, 2012 at 08:35

  65. Cool….looks like paintings…nice…I like your “mistakes”!
    Kiss

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    January 23, 2012 at 09:30

  66. I like the movement in these pictures and I love your perspective. They really do look like paintings!

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    January 23, 2012 at 11:45

  67. Monet would be proud!

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    January 23, 2012 at 12:51

  68. Oh I agree, it is as if you captured the very essence of flight.;) Lovely images and sentiments.;)
    xoxo

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    January 23, 2012 at 12:52

  69. I’d like to think this is exactly what birds see. (And they do like like abstract paintings.)

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    January 24, 2012 at 00:32

  70. How true! They are beautiful…

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    January 24, 2012 at 08:40

  71. Definitely my philosophy also Lady Fi, it’s all in the eye of the beholder as they say. Love these abstract iimages..

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    January 24, 2012 at 14:02

  72. Excellent perspective from bird eyes view!

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    January 24, 2012 at 15:36

  73. Lady Fi: I had so much trouble capturing birds in flight, especially fast ones.

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    January 29, 2012 at 15:59

  74. I like these!!! Great motion!!!

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    February 3, 2012 at 01:57

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