LightningPaul

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Three old Pipes


Shot in Europa College Brugge, in Belgium. I posted a few days ago another image made in the same building.


TECH-INFO: one RAW file, converted to TIFF in DxO Optics Pro. Processed in Photoshop. First I enhanced contrasts and turned it into B/W to tone it again afterwards using the color balance tool and a warming filter. The background wall is made out of focus using Focal Point 2. This is done by making a mask to exclude the three pipes. In Focal Point I used planar focusing, so a vertical bar more at the right side of pipes is more in focus (so less blurry), the sides, especially at the left, are more blurred. Focal Point 2 renders really nicely out of focus areas. Many popular lenses can be chosen or you can set up your own parameters.

Focal Point 2 supports selections made in Photoshop (so only the selected areas are affected) and supports the use of smart objects/filters (handy to re-edit in Focal Point). Unfortunately, those two very handy features cannot be used simultaneously. I contacted their technical support and after several emails explaining the issue they claim it's a limitation of the Photoshop SDK. The same applies for brushes in Focal Point in combination with smart objects/filters.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention but I used a speedlight flash, which was held in my left hand.



Three old Pipes


Shot in Europa College Brugge, in Belgium. I posted a few days ago another image made in the same building.


TECH-INFO: one RAW file, converted to TIFF in DxO Optics Pro. Processed in Photoshop. First I enhanced contrasts and turned it into B/W to tone it again afterwards using the color balance tool and a warming filter. The background wall is made out of focus using Focal Point 2. This is done by making a mask to exclude the three pipes. In Focal Point I used planar focusing, so a vertical bar more at the right side of pipes is more in focus (so less blurry), the sides, especially at the left, are more blurred. Focal Point 2 renders really nicely out of focus areas. Many popular lenses can be chosen or you can set up your own parameters.

Focal Point 2 supports selections made in Photoshop (so only the selected areas are affected) and supports the use of smart objects/filters (handy to re-edit in Focal Point). Unfortunately, those two very handy features cannot be used simultaneously. I contacted their technical support and after several emails explaining the issue they claim it's a limitation of the Photoshop SDK. The same applies for brushes in Focal Point in combination with smart objects/filters.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention but I used a speedlight flash, which was held in my left hand.



comments (7)

Smartly done...looks like you've accomplished what you set out to do, Paul. BTW, I showed your work and website to the folk at Cornell when we were talking about the parameters of the new book project. They were VERY impressed (me too). Cheers!
Has that “basement lighting” thing going on… wink
Dig the textured feel.
The tech stuff is beyond me, Paul - but the resulting image is excellent!
Good use of shapes and texture Paul.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 20 Feb 2010, 21:19
Great use of light shapes and textures Paul
  • Luis
  • Mexico City
  • 24 Feb 2010, 07:20
Simple, forceful imagery; great tonal contrast, too.

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camera NIKON D300
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed 2.5s
aperture f/9.0
sensitivity ISO125
focal length 10.0mm
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