Saturday, 6 December 2008

Focus


I thought I'd have a little play around with my photo editing software this morning...

...taking a self portrait, I blurred the original file so the skin tones and details were much softer, then I took the eye, kept the detail and overlaid it onto the blurred background.

This gives a strange depth of field illusion, one that I really liked doing, and one that has opened up a whole new avenue and excitement for me!

9 comments:

thegardensmallholder said...

I really like this portrait. I like the mono, crop, composition and the sharpness and intense stare of the eye. Very well presented too.

Karen

Stiggy said...

Thanks!

Yes the eye was on a different layer to the main photo which was blurred a lot.

I put the title in the left bottom corner to assist with the natural direction the viewers eye takes. (well I HOPE it works anyway!).

It's not too bad playing around with self portraits, as in this case the subject has the same artistic views as the photographer!

:D

Ruth said...

Very cool. I wish I understood more about layers. I learned a little bit recently, but I need to keep learning more stuff.

Don said...

Look at you! You have been busy learning to be a photographer.

Nicely done!

Stiggy said...

Thanks Ruth, thanks Don.

It's all accident and luck!

I was sort of pleased with the actualy shot - although Jo reckons I look like a psycho on the complete picture - just as well I only did my good side eh!?

:D

Phoenix Fleet - Star Trek RPG said...

Very nice work for 'just playing around' Stiggy. :p It is so much fun messing around with Photoshop and seeing what can be done.

Liesel

Stiggy said...

OMG!!!!!

How did you find me in this mass of things!?

Thanks Liesel - that means a lot coming from you!

Nice to have you pop by - I need to put more work on here really, but with Christmas et al it's all been a bit mad.

:D

Phoenix Fleet - Star Trek RPG said...

Thank Mark for pointing me to your chicken blog. :D Understood about Christmas. I haven't had much of a creative bug here between holidays and work. And now Mark making me sick with his cold.

Audrey said...

its a brilliant shot Stiggy