Daily Image - Nov 2011 Archive - sonofjohan
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10 Nov 11.  Yesterday I mentioned that when I got the sharpness problem solved I'd tell the list, and today, thanks to a list member, thanks Ken, I have my answer. In short, the problem arises due to atmospheric heating that is amplified by the combination of a long shutter speed coupled with the magnification of a long lens, so no more non-sharp alpine ground cover images. Now on to today's submission of a bumblebee having breakfast. The original had a very messy background, so I cut out the bee from the rest and supplied a different background which I highly blurred by application of a heavy Gaussian blur. So two layers, the bee and the background, for the final image. The cutting out of an object can be a tedious operation but new technology goes a long way to making that effort somewhat simpler than it was just as recent as three years ago. To remove the bee from the background I used a product called ReMask made by Topaz Labs and while very capable, it is a relatively inexpensive piece of software. In the past cutting out an object literally took me hours of precise work, but now I can do a fairly decent job in about 30 minutes, start to finish, which is pretty good. The bee was a little dark in the original, so I elected to lighten it up a bit, but other than that, and the background exchange, this is a basically a straight from the camera type shot. ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f /10.

10 Nov 11. Yesterday I mentioned that when I got the sharpness problem solved I'd tell the list, and today, thanks to a list member, thanks Ken, I have my answer. In short, the problem arises due to atmospheric heating that is amplified by the combination of a long shutter speed coupled with the magnification of a long lens, so no more non-sharp alpine ground cover images. Now on to today's submission of a bumblebee having breakfast. The original had a very messy background, so I cut out the bee from the rest and supplied a different background which I highly blurred by application of a heavy Gaussian blur. So two layers, the bee and the background, for the final image. The cutting out of an object can be a tedious operation but new technology goes a long way to making that effort somewhat simpler than it was just as recent as three years ago. To remove the bee from the background I used a product called ReMask made by Topaz Labs and while very capable, it is a relatively inexpensive piece of software. In the past cutting out an object literally took me hours of precise work, but now I can do a fairly decent job in about 30 minutes, start to finish, which is pretty good. The bee was a little dark in the original, so I elected to lighten it up a bit, but other than that, and the background exchange, this is a basically a straight from the camera type shot. ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f /10.

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