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Great Angshu 2011-07-10 0:47

Hello Biswaroop
After a long time indeed!
Not a view of this iconic structure which I remember seeing before. You managed to keep both the flowers in the extreme FG & the bridge in the BG is decent focus....did you focus somewhere in the middle to achieve this? There's some haze on the bridge, but the yellow flowers provide a strong contrast with the blue...striking!
Well done!
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:48 PM
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Well spotted on the DOF! Sometimes shots like these take much thought. I started off by focusing in between the flowers and the bridge in f/22, but that made the bridge too soft (due to diffraction) and the flowers too blurry (due to the longer shutter speed and motion in the wind). So it couldn't have been achieved in one photograph.

I took two photos - and since I had a tripod, it wasn't difficult. One I focused on the bridge, the other on the flowers. I blended them in PS, and in fact, you can even see a blurry line of moving flowers that marks the seam between the images. Eventually I'll improve the technique.

But still, the idea of blending to achieve extreme DOF isnt particularly new - in fact, macrophotographers sometimes use it to take high DOF shots of close-up objects.

Another example where one photograph cannot achieve the best result!

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Old 07-10-2011, 03:14 PM
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ps: I just remembered that PS has an Auto-blend feature for DOF blending. I'll use that next time, but from what i can see, it isnt perfect.

Also, that haze is the San Francisco fog that rolls in from the pacific every day.
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