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Subject: [Leica] Another Iris photo
From: lists at (Harrison McClary)
Date: Sun Apr 27 09:47:00 2008
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I did it this way mainly because, for me, it is more troublesome to blur 
in PS and I have never really liked the blur PS gives. A real optical 
OOF looks better, to me, than the PS created ones.  Doing it this way 
took maybe 5 minutes tops.  Open both files, select the shallow DOF  
one, paste on top of the high DOF one and then a simple layer mask, a 
little painting with black ink using the WACOM tablet, save PSD, 
flatten, resize save for web and done.

I did shoot to make an HDR but never put it together, saw no reason as 
this looks fine to me.

For those who are really good at PS the way you described probably would 
be easier and quicker.

Thanks for the comments. :)

Geoff Hopkinson wrote:
> Harrison, it's a luscious exposure and the very first HMCHDF picture to be
> seen on the LUG. An interesting twist that you've used it for more DoF in a
> close up rather than front to back DoF. Good lateral thinking. But if you
> are going to the trouble of combining, could you not more simply just 
> select
> your flower in the higher DoF shot and blur the rest? Easy. Or maybe you
> were just experimenting, I guess.
> Cheers
> Geoff
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of
> Harrison McClary
> Sent: Sunday, 27 April 2008 05:46
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> Subject: [Leica] Another Iris photo
> Mine is not HDR, but HDF (my term I just this minute
> is two photos combined to achieve the desired depth of field focus effect)
> I shot it twice once at f18 and once at f5.  The f18 shot gave me the
> flower sharp, but the background was way too sharp with f5 the
> background gave me the look I wanted.  I combined them in PS and made a
> layer mask to being out the parts I wanted.

Harrison McClary
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