Friday, June 16, 2006

Fuzzy Pink


For quite some time, I have been trying to make photographs with selective focus. I have seen some excellent images that were taken through a veil of foliage, where the subject is the only thing in focus and everything else is severely blurred.

This was one of my earlier attempts, one of about twelve that I tried that day. It's not very good, but it's the best I've got. I think the technique itself worked pretty well here, but the composition is somewhat flawed. This would have worked better if the surrounding tulips were a different colour than the subject.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 72mm, f/3.5, 1/80 sec, ISO 50

24 Comments:

Blogger Pya said...

This works for me and more! I actually love the fact that the BG is the same color as the Subject tulip, and this one is really standing out and tall.

I love this one!!! and lovely composition too with the subject NOT in the center.

10:57 AM, June 16, 2006  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

I quite like this. Well done. I like the composition. My only suggestion would be if the whole background had been pink and not included that little bit of other color at the top right of the frame, but that's a nit.

11:25 AM, June 16, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

This is a stunning shot, very lovely.

11:42 AM, June 16, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Lovely colour, clarity and DOF Tim...great shot!

12:46 PM, June 16, 2006  
Anonymous faustina said...

I think it works. Is this still without photoshop? I think it is beautifully done.

1:33 PM, June 16, 2006  
Blogger Nicola said...

Wow, that's a great shot!

1:46 PM, June 16, 2006  
Anonymous deji77 said...

This works for me Timmy.
There is enough contrast between the flower and the background.
Lovely shot.

3:40 PM, June 16, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

I like this shot too. The composition is really nice, in fact. I'm trying to get the selective focus thing to work too. I recently learned how to use the manual focus on my point-and-shoot, so I hope I can do some more with it. Anyway, great shot!

7:19 PM, June 16, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

This is a beautiful image! Excellent work, I love all the pink.

9:32 PM, June 16, 2006  
Blogger Ptelea said...

I love pink - I think this turned out well. I too work with my manual focus fairly often. Unfortunately I almost always leave in on manual and take a few photos before I remember!!!Duh!

9:57 PM, June 16, 2006  
Anonymous Yanik said...

I think this is fine as it is, however i agree with you on the fact that if the colours of the flowers in the back were a different colour it would have worked a lot better...Keep up the non PP :)

12:36 AM, June 17, 2006  
Anonymous John [moonhead] said...

I love the shot and DoF - the pink works well. I would agree about the background colour. I posted a shot today that has pink and yellow. These two colours seem to work well togeter.
Cheers
John - England

1:11 AM, June 17, 2006  
Anonymous Ana said...

very nicely done

5:37 AM, June 17, 2006  
Anonymous NoWords said...

the selective focus works so fine here!

5:50 AM, June 17, 2006  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Geeze, Timmy, nice macro, the DOF is right on!

8:53 AM, June 17, 2006  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely dof, nice shot!

10:28 AM, June 17, 2006  
Anonymous sleepless dream said...

i really like this work... don't be so hard on yourself!

love
sd

6:49 AM, June 18, 2006  
Anonymous rayts said...

not bad!

8:15 PM, June 18, 2006  
Anonymous jlc said...

i like too ;)

12:53 AM, June 19, 2006  
Anonymous Emr√© said...

I like the pink, and the square framing. selective focus is well done.

9:18 AM, June 20, 2006  
Blogger Jasp said...

I am usually so selective that I end up putting the main subject out of focus as well !

9:27 AM, June 20, 2006  
Anonymous Paul said...

I think that this is quite nice. I really like it.

One thing that I would say to you is put away the inner critic. We are our own worst critics and it crushes our creativity. So, how about putting up posts and letting us decide if we like it and how it can be improved?

I think that this is a beautiful shot and you are not going to change my mind about it! :-)

Paul

5:05 PM, June 26, 2006  
Anonymous george.i. said...

this actually works really well for me. bg color same as fg color is not necessarily a problem, in my book. the fact that that single tulip sticks up higher than the rest, in addition to being in focus, really works well. nicely done.

9:10 PM, June 26, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

great shot! focus is great, & i ike that the background is the same colour - the subject stands out fine as it is (& i like the green stalk!)

good stuff! ;)

5:10 AM, June 27, 2006  

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