Hoping you all had a merry Christmas and are enjoying the holidays!
Shot of the dayJovan Todorovic
Which 85mm lens is this? 1.8? 1.2? How do you get such a shallow depth of field? is this straight out of camera or is there post processing to get that effect?
Jose, this is about 16 different images shot with an 85mm prime at f/1.8, combined into one image using Photoshop. This enables you to get a depth of field (and wider field of view) that would not otherwise be possible. So the depth of field is real, it's just created by combining all those different shots.
Hello Miles. Thanks for posting a winter shot. In Germany we had around 17 degrees over x-mas. It nearly feels like spring....
One day I will learn to deal with Photoshop...
All the best for 2013! Marina
Ah! Yes! I remember you mentioning that in the past. Gotta try that! Thanks for the reply.
Nice work, Miles. I appreciate the effort put in to create the shallow depth of field yet keep the wide-angle look. I think this is called the Brenizer Method?
Lovely how the frost is covering the branches.
Miles, I'm sort of confused as to why you'd go to the trouble of taking 16 images, combining them in Photoshop just to create more depth, when you could always just decrease the size of the aperture, and change other settings to account for the less light.
Fred, this technique is about creating less depth not more. By combining images with a fast lens shot wide open you create an 'impossible' depth of field and a particular 'look' that I like.
There may be ways to achieve this DoF with other gear but not with what I have, and I don't think you would be able to recreate the look of an image like this with a wider lens with a giant aperture or a longer lens at a great distance.
I have a 20mm f/1.8 lens and wide open it would not achieve this kind of shallow DoF in the same view. It would also not look the same, visual field compression would be less and distortion greater.
If you wanted to create an image with these qualities in a single shot I think you'd need at least a large format camera. That's the look I was originally trying to replicate by doing this.
We had a warm Christmas here in America where I live. Seeing images like this remind me of the White Christmases of my childhood that I long for.
This is pretty. :-)
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