After Before Forum Wk 79; Isolating with shallow focus

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1803beforeI remember when taking this and others from the top of Gdansk’s cathedral that I wasn’t sure what i wanted to do with the pictures. This meant that I was taking pictures at around f/16 to have a wide-ish depth of field. This is a good plan but when editing you may want something different.
With today’s edit, I really wanted the church to be the focus but the whole scene was cluttered and distracting.

The only way to isolate the church was to create a shallow depth of field. I did this with two gradient tools and reducing the sharpening, this creates a soft feeling but not really blurring the image. I then edited the gradients to make the effect feel real. For example the church’s tower was softened by the gradient because areas behind it needed to be softened. On the edges I used auto mask and in the centre of the tower I used a normal brush.

Other editing steps were standard, just adjusting the overall tone and colour as well as sharpening.

Shallow focus chursh gdansk

Week 79 Entries For The After Before Friday Forum

Benjamin Rowe Aperture64

 I think the only thing I would change if I was to do this again, would choose a different time of day as I have quite harsh shadows in the image. I would also adjust the blue saturation a bit more because it kind of jumps out of the image.

Let me know in the comments what you think.

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One thought on “After Before Forum Wk 79; Isolating with shallow focus

  1. Awesome shot and edit! Time got away from me again. I swear I have this on my schedule to do your challenge each week. I need a secretary to keep me on track!

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