By the way, FADU - Film and Darkroom User - is a great forum for all things film and darkroom related. It has a proper traditional slant - no digitally-processed neg scans here - and I like it a lot. The plan for 2015 is to engage in their monthly print exchanges, where members swap prints. I don't feel I've got the skill to take part as yet but hopefully things will improve on the technical front with more practice. There's about 15-20 serious users of the forum who are very knowledgeable and very helpful, plus a whole load of others who chip in from time to time as well.
So to leave you on a thoughtful note here's a scan of a print made sometime in the late 70s.
Here's another one where I was actually trying for such an effect - this one from the Ballymoney series taken earlier this year in 2014 (you can see the sharp version here - let me know which you prefer!):
|Guard cats in Ballymoney - version 2|
What is it that's emotive about these? In the current age where everyone (well, nearly everyone) is obsessed about sharpness of the their lenses, MTF charts and the like it is refreshing to see work which is, well, just different. There are two obvious ways to end up here - one it to deliberately induce camera movement (as in both the above shots); the other is to capture movement in the frame, so the main subject is moving but everything else remains still.
Here's another one and then I'm off to pack!