Dreamy Bluebells

Bluebells-(7163)Unusually, we had a bank holiday weekend where the weather was great throughout, at least here in the south east. These things happen so rarely, you see, that one must capitalize on every opportunity. On yesterday’s walk around Leith Hill I came to the borders of the Wotton Estate where there seems to be a significant area of ancient woodland. Luckily, the bluebells were still there, so I experimented with a more dreamy version of these woodland shots.

The image was taken with my 30D and 17-40mm lens at its narrowest. The effect is through a double exposure: once in focus and once out of focus. Clearly, this had to happen with the camera set up on a tripod. It’s my first time experimenting with multiple exposures, and on location I realized that the 30D cannot do this in-camera. In any case, it makes more sense to shoot the frames separately and combine later. The frames were combined in a way that closely approximates what an in-camera double exposure would achieve, simply adding the light of one frame to the next. Correctly, this needs to happen in a linear mode rather than a gamma-corrected colour space. In Photoshop, for example, this is most easily achieved using the 32-bit modes (which are linear by design). Other than this, processing only involved some global curves for contrast enhancement.

As always, you can click on the image for a larger version; comments welcome.



    • Hi Stephen! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. I haven’t tried using a synthetically-defocused image, though I can’t see why it would not work. Especially if the subject is all in (roughly) the same plane, e.g. all at a distance, then it should work reasonably well. Do let me know if you try it out!

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