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Modified DOF

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by yamo, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. yamo


    Jun 28, 2007
    Santa Cruz, CA

    Greetings. Oh, I've been playing with modified depth of field shots... I got a window seat and caught these (mildy dirty curved plastic window :wink:)  and worked them in PS...

    What do you think?

    South of San Jose


    Mt. Hamilton Observatory near San Jose


    Near Los Banos in California Central Valley


    Somewhere in the Central Valley


    From the ground... in Bolsa Chica


    Thanks for looking...


  2. Nice effect. I like it.
  3. Love the effect. I remember seeing people trying to do this on another site and wanted to try this. Makes everything look like small models.

    Nice shots too.
  4. I agree very much like the affect. Your last shot is a very cool shot.
  5. cotdt


    Jul 14, 2007
    Bay Area, USA
    much like a tilt lens, it makes everything look miniature
  6. Matthias


    Apr 13, 2007
    Central Texas
    The effect is great.
  7. Very creative!!!
  8. x272221713x

    x272221713x Guest

    WoW!!...Cool those pictures look awesome!! I wish I can do that...
  9. x272221713x

    x272221713x Guest

    anyone know of a guide that shows how to do this? I remember seeing one but forgot where to find it.
  10. yamo


    Jun 28, 2007
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Thanks one and all for the comments...

    Gordon, I don't remember where I saw the how-to info, but it what I saw was simply two gaussian blur layers with gradients applied to top and bottom masks to leave the "focus" on the central part of the image and gradually blur toward the top of the image and toward the bottom of the image.

    That said, I tend to, er, paint with blur, on the mask (varying shades of gray to get something of a gradient).

    The initial photo also needs to have a somewhat "flat" depth field (mixed distances makes for challenging application of blur), and usually from a high angle (to get that looking down on miniatures effect).


  11. Love the jogger along the canal/river
    looks great
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