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Shot this on the local Mountain with infra red converted camera. Was experimenting with dof effects in Photoshop (original was pretty sharp throughout). Not sure about crop, or about the extent of the effect - more? Less? I want some as it creates mystery as to destination, but maybe others won't agree!

Camera:D200 ir adapted
Lens:18-200, I think
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Path
Username:SueEley SueEley
Uploaded:17 May 2008 - 6:39 PM
Tags:Black & white, Digitally manipulated, Infra red, Landscape / travel, Path, Trees
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DP_Imagery
DP_Imagery e2 Member 10DP_Imagery vcard Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2008 - 10:21 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Like the image and the blur effect - but just feel the brightness of the treeline takes your eyes away from the path and its destination. Have done a mod - made selections at top and bottom, darkened with levels, expanded the selections and darkened a touch more to give a more gradual transition - then used a little highlight dodging along the path. Was trying to focus the attention more on the path. Hope you think it's worked - though you may feel I've lost the ethereality a bit? Another super composition in the first place. Bruce

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17 May 2008 - 10:27 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Compositionally this is a good shot in many ways and the format you have chosen suits it well. I have to say I am not a fan of playing with DOF in PS however I ended up tweaking a recent shot myself ot make it more successful.

The effect you have created here works in part but is essentially spoiled by the inaccurate DOF blurring. The effect is unnatural and you can see that points in the image which should have the same level od DOF clearly dont.

In addition in the distant trunks you can see the DOF change dramatically as you go up the trunk .... this is where you have failed to blend the gaussian blur sufficiently.

To create an accurate DOF shot in PS you have to ensure even points of blurring which takes a bit more tmie and maybe some more accurate selectiosn with a lassoo tool You would also be wise to layer mask or work on a second layer and dont forget to experiment with feathering and use the soft eraser tool to remove parts of the layer where the effect is too obvious.

If you want to create a dreamlike effect then maybe a soft focus vignette would have been better with the point of sharpness the actual strongest point in the composition with sharpness falling off towards the edges. This would give an almost holga or lensbaby effect and might suit this nice.

I also think it needs a levels or curves adjustment to give it a bit more contrast and kick.

Hope that helps

Dan

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SueEley
SueEley  8271 forum posts Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2008 - 4:20 PM

Thanks both - I think I'll dump my current blur layer and try again. I find working out where actual dof blur would be quite hard (may be should try shooting more of it, but my lenses that I can use for IR are don't offer very large apertures). The vignette idea is a good one, as is darkening the top more, so I will try both ideas.

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