I need glasses.
For the past year or so, I pick things up to read and find myself doing that pull-back-your-head-while-slowly-extending-your-arm maneuver and POOF! I can see! Worse yet, the required distance between eyes and hand-held subject for optimal focus is increasing. The rate at which this is occurring is such that by 2014, I will be picking things up with my feet in order to read them. Really.
My intentional blur photography started as many things do - a total accident. While bringing a surfer into focus one day, I passed through the stages of unrecognizable to mostly blurry, to mostly recognizable to clear. At "clear", I pushed the button. Followed by, "What if I push the button when it's unfocused?" Heresy. That's not photography. Photography is technique and clarity. Crisp, flawless, three-dimensional clarity. But as I'd passed from blurry to clear, I "saw" something that was gone with clarity. I pushed the button. And that's how it's been ever since.
Every once in a while, I find myself going through a "focused" phase - in part to convince myself that, if pushed to a wall, I can still take a clear shot. During these phases, I have to fiddle with the diopter more often than I'd like. A not so gentle nudge that I really should make that appointment with Newport Optometry. Maybe I'll take a "focused" shot of the eye chart.
Wishing you all a great weekend!