Blue Bells at Garston Wood with a different technique

Combined 2 shots of Blue Bells at Garston Wood (4)

Garston Wood is a great place to go for blue bells, and this year was no exception.

On one visit I tried a couple of new techniques, which my brother had attempted. I was not convinced on what he was doing at the time he took the shots, but on seeing the results I decided to give it a try with Fuji Sensia 100 slide film.
First, is the use of two shots which are then combined in post image processing. One shot is taken normally, whilst the other is taken totally out of focus.

Once scanned in I then loaded both images as layers to Photoshop CS5, then making sure the blurred image was at the top, altered the sliders for the opacity and fill. Opacity 60/70 % and fill 40/50%.
This is similar but not identical to the Orton Effect, which reading up on the web is where the sharp image is overexposed by two stops and the second out of focus image is over exposed by one stop.

I may give this a try when next opportunity arises.
Here are some using this technique, and at the end the normal shot of 1 for reference.

Combined 2 shots of Blue Bells at Garston Wood (1)
Combined 2 shots of Blue Bells at Garston Wood (1)

Olympus 24mm F2 lens, F16.

Combined 2 shots of Blue Bells at Garston Wood (2)
Combined 2 shots of Blue Bells at Garston Wood (2)

Olympus 24mm F2 lens, F16

Combined 2 shots of Blue Bells at Garston Wood (3)
Combined 2 shots of Blue Bells at Garston Wood (3)

Olympus 24mm F2 lens, F16

Combined 2 shots of Blue Bells at Garston Wood (4)
Combined 2 shots of Blue Bells at Garston Wood (4)

Olympus 24mm F2 lens, F16

Combined 2 shots of Blue Bells at Garston Wood (5)
Combined 2 shots of Blue Bells at Garston Wood (5)

Olympus 24mm F2 lens, F16.

and the normal shot for (4) above

Blue Bells at Garston Wood
Blue Bells at Garston Wood

The other technique was to shoot slightly out of focus, and I left this to last as it didn’t really work for me.

Blue Bells Out of focus technique at Garston Wood
Blue Bells Out of focus technique at Garston Wood

Olympus 24mm F2 lens, F16

This article was originally published by Pete on http://www.petes-photoworld.co.uk

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Pete has been using Olympus cameras for several years, in both the film and digital formats. He has his own personal photography website, which is dedicated to his shots from OM Slide and digital files.

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Pete has been using Olympus cameras for several years, in both the film and digital formats. He has his own personal photography website, which is dedicated to his shots from OM Slide and digital files.

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