Thursday, January 13, 2011

evolution of a photo — shallow depth of field - project 365 {8}

At the moment I’m working on 2 projects: sorting through/editing my huge file of photos and on learning shallow depth of field and thought I’d share one of my experiments with you:

The original photo

buddha1

Shallow depth of field (S-DOF) focuses in on the item closest to the camera and leaves the background soft and blurry. You can achieve this through setting your aperture opening to a higher setting, which causes the shutter to open and close quickly. I’m not sure, but I also believe it means that less light gets into the frame (which might explain why my normally blue wall looks cream in these photos!).

You can see (at the very front, bottom) the stand that the Buddha head was on, so the first thing I needed to do was crop the image.

buddha2

First edit: Cropping. I tried to keep the Rule of Thirds in mind when taking the photo, so I didn’t have a lot of room to crop the photo without losing the intended placement of the objects.

Next up, softening the colours to enhance the soft dreamy look I was trying to get:

buddha3 saturation

Obviously this is probably the most pronounced alteration to the photo and changes the photo’s mood rather drastically. Part of me is still torn between the vibrant colours and the soft gold glow.

But soft glow won out:

buddha4 fill light

This is a minor change but I added a bit of fill light to give it a softer feel

And then, finally:

buddha5 color temperature

Altering the color temperature in order to regain the blue backdrop!

Ok, it wasn’t really only for the blue backdrop! I’m working on trying to recreate that 70s washed out dreamy photo look that I see so often.

What do you think? Any suggestions? Alterations?

1 comment:

  1. I would move the background thingy (candle?) to the left, so it can be seen in its entirety rather than half!

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