Since I have published my “Nine Basic Rules of Motion Photography” quite a few people have asked me to share a few more of my image creation techniques.
So today I will be starting a new series of message with “Image Creation Techniques” or short ICTs. From time to time I will publish blog messages explaining some of the ways I create my images.
Please feel free to make comments or ask any questions (either as comments on the blog message or as emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bi-focal images (ICT #1)
Often it is not possible to use small aperture to create an image with “deep” depth of field.
Here are two examples. One a is a snake picture and one is a scenic shot. In both cases I had to work with fully open aperture, because of the light available and the fact that the use of a tripod was not possible.
In case of the snake picture I wanted both eyes and nose in focus. So I shot multiple images
while slowly changing the focus from eyes to nose. I then used my editing tool (I use Corel Paintshop Pro) to merge two of the pictures and create the final image.
In the case of “the tree in the lake” I held the camera about 2 inches (~5 centimeters) above the water and shot one image with focus on the ripples up front and one image with focus on the tree in the background. Then I merged the images (stiched at the horizon). The results in an image with an interesting bi-focal effect.