I don't typically add a lot of effects to my photos, usually only lightening some shadows or darkening them up a bit. One thing I have started experimenting with is adding some blur to the scene- either at the time of the photo, or, as is the case with a couple of the photos below, by editing them later.
I think blurring the subject, the foreground or the background can add a nice element to a photo. It can direct the eye to a particular portion of the photo, or it can let the viewers' mind fill in the blanks as to what is not fully visible. Sometimes, it can give a photo a dreamy quality.
Here are a couple practice shots.....
|This photo was created by taking a quick shot with no focusing.|
|Foreground and background blur created by focusing on the flowers in the center.|
|Focusing on the Washington Monument allowed the lady in the foreground to blur.|
|Just a focus blur.|
|Another shot created by turning off the auto focus and tweaking the manual focus just a bit.|
|This was created through editing in picasa.|
|Natural blur by focusing on the asphalt in the foreground.|
|This one is a picasa edit also.|
As I learn more about photography, I'll keep experimenting with this stuff...