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This is another experiment that I made with 3 different images of the same thing.

There was a nice play of light on the spiderweb which was awfully difficult to catch with my Nikon D60 and Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 macro lens. There was a soft wind, and the web was moving constantly, making it almost impossible to catch at the exact moment when the light would hit the fine thread.

I decided to try another approach and make three shots with various focusing distances. One very sharp, another with a small bokeh and the last one very out of focus, with a larger bokeh.

Not exactly HDR because I’m playing with focus instead of light, and the process is a bit different too, without any tone mapping.

I just layered them in Photoshop CS4, using different blending modes like lighten, normal and hard light, plus some adjustment layers (levels and curves, as well as a warm filter).

Here are the three original shots:

I had used the same technique last December on 2 photos that I used to make a Christmas card:
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Comments

  • Dean Mullin
    Dean Mullinover 4 years ago

    Super technique and the result speaks for itself. Marvellous Jo…. :o)

  • Thank you Dean! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • michellerena
    michellerenaover 4 years ago

    Great capture Johanne

  • Thank you so much! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyover 4 years ago

    what wonderful depth you’ve achieved with this technique, johanne! thanks so much for explaining – I always learn heaps from you!

  • Thank you Nadine! I’m glad that you find the explanation helpful. :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 4 years ago

    Brilliant result Jo – your technique is sort of what is used in a technique called Focus-stacking …. used to get the proper dof in macro shots where usually the resultant dof is wafer thin because of the subject-camera distance being so little.
    That’s the theory. Putting it into practice is not so easy however – and you’ve done a fantastic job!

  • Thank you Vikram! Yep, it’s more like focus stacking indeed (I had not thought of that one…). The only difference would be that I did not stack and mask unwanted parts, but I stacked, kept everything and blended instead.

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Tania1403
    Tania1403over 4 years ago

    I hear what you saying about the web moving! do they ever keep still?
    I have tried this a few times and could never quite capture what I wanted. I see you have had better luck. Well done Johanne!

  • Thank you Tania! Glad that you like it! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersover 4 years ago

    What a fabulous technique Jo. Beautiful result!

  • Thank you Ursula, I appreciate it! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Neil Ross
    Neil Rossover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Johanne. A very elegant image. Webs and wind are always at odds.

  • Thank you Neil! The difference between the original shot and the final image is very subtle, but it’s there. It only adds a little glow, making it more elegant, just like you said!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Johanne….again, many thanks for the tips with the technique.

  • Thank you Wendi! My pleasure! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

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