Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Focus on Xander

This image works better for me as an example of selective focus because more of the cat is in focus than just the eyes were on the treefrog post yesterday. But, maybe using a shallow depth of field (which I did again here with my widest aperture but no closeup filter) is just a method of achieving selective focus.

Camera info: Nikon D200, 50mm 1.8 lens at f1.8 and 1/th, ISO 400, cloudy whitebalance
Post processing: In ACR processed for more exposure, blacks and vibrance. In Photoshop desaturated and lightened part of the background, duplicated the background in softlight at 20% opacity, ran Bring Out the Eyes, the Edge for global sharpness and the highpass filter in softlight for the kitten's eyes.

1 comment:

  1. I am surprised that you got so much of his face in focus at f/1.8. I think the selective focus works very well her because it really makes the viewer understand what the the subject is. That fact is reinforced by your sister's face only being partly shown.

    My only suggestion is that I would crop it a little tighter so you eliminate the arm and aqua color at the bottom--that distracts me somewhat. I think a square crop would really work with this one.

    Nice job and fine use of selective focus.