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A shot of white water rafters on the Denali River in Alaska. We were passing above the river in a train and I noticed the raft. I processed in Photoshop CC and used a Gaussian blur layer to try and reproduce a toy camera effect. Please feel free to modify and critque and thanks for taking the time to view.

Kind Regards, Brian J.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:29 Aug 2012 - 1:36 AM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:'Hold Tight!'
Username:briantjjones briantjjones
Uploaded:17 Aug 2013 - 11:00 AM
Tags:Alaska, Landscape / travel, Rapids, Sports / action, Water
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pablophotographer

Good work, it does look like the effect from a toy camera lens.

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capto e2 Member 1588 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2013 - 2:36 PM

Very effective processing.Smile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2013 - 5:29 PM

I like the shot but not the blur. I appreciate what you were trying, but would prefer it natural rather than blurred in this way. Just too artificial.

Paul

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pamelajean Critique Team 8685 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1530 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2013 - 6:57 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Your tilt-shift effect is so good that I had to look closely just to see if the people on the boat were models.
I find that this works well with some images, less so with others, but it looks good here.
This effect can be achieved in-camera, but most will have the shallow depth of field simulated with digital post-processing.
You have placed the boat nicely on a thirds intersection.

I think it would have been a good idea to blur the bottom of the rock and just have the boat and surrounding water in focus. Also, there is a bit of water in front of the boat that is not blurred, and yet is within the blurred area.
In PaintshopPro I have a feature called Depth Of Field where I can select the area that I want to stay in focus, adjust the amount of blur and the amount of edge feathering too, so that the blur is graduated.

The boat was obviously moving, but I think you needed a faster shutter speed because the focused area is not very sharp. You may not have sharpened after resizing for the site. This would probably need to be done selectively in order to keep the blurred area out of focus.

This is a technique that isn't everybody's cup of tea, and the image is probably good without it, but it's interesting to try different techniques and see how well they work.

I have done a modification where I blurred the two areas mentioned above and selectively sharpened just the boat and people.

Pamela.

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briantjjones e2 Member 1briantjjones vcard United Kingdom
17 Aug 2013 - 8:09 PM

Pamela,

Thanks for the mod, it does work better. When I took the picture not only was the boat moving but I was on a train travelling quite quickly and had to lean out of the back of one of the cars. I have processed the normal image and it does work ok but it was one of the only images I have looking down on a subject to try and create a tilt and shift looking photo.

Once again thanks, Kind Regards, Brian J.

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