Monday, 23 February 2009

Floral Montage

Today's image was almost as much about post-shoot processing and layout as capturing the right shot. Sorry if the explanation is a bit long-winded.

I started out by aiming for a straight silhouette for this one using the light coming through the rippled glass of my en suite window to create the silhouette. Shot from a low angle gave only the pale blue/white sky around the flowers. These are the corner images.
Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f3.6; 1/250s.

For the central image I shot from a more elevated angle which gave a bit of variety in colour in the background from the grass, tarmac and cars. Slowing the shutter speed also allowed some colour from the flowers (artificial - sorry) to come into the image.
Olympus E-3; ISO 100; f3.6; 1/100s.

Keeping the lens aperture fairly wide open kept the rippled glass detail suitably soft to increase the effect of the background.

The ghosted image in the was taken from another shot (similar settings to above) which I lightened in PhotoShop then put into the background layer with a very reduced opacity - about 20%. Why did I put it there? I felt there was too much white space otherwise.

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