Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Fun at the Game

When I went to to Blues hockey game over the weekend, I knew that the theme at Where’s My Backpack? is yellow this week.  The St. Louis Blues colors are blue and yellow, so I thought maybe I would have some fun with that.  Here is a photo that I cam up with:

ISO 800 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/50

ISO 800 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/50

I took this photo with my point and shoot when Louie dropped by our section.  I had set the camera to color accent, with yellow as the chosen accent color.  When I got home I edited this in Photoshop.  I went to Filter-Blur-Iris Blur.  When you are using that filter you can pick what you want in focus and then blur the rest as much as you would like.

Just a quick snapshot of a fun weekend outing, but what do you think of my editing? Feel free to leave a comment below.



19 thoughts on “Fun at the Game

    • Thanks, this is one of those filters that maybe looks a bit intimidating to start with, but I am definitely getting more comfortable with. It is pretty exciting to see how well the Blues are doing, but I have to agree with your assessment of the playoffs.


  1. I’m impressed by the huge number of spectators at the game and your photo shows some of the fun with hockey games.
    When it comes to the editing I like your selective use of colours, but to me the contrast between the blurry and the clear parts are a bit too strong. I would have preferred a bit less, a bit softer blur.


    • I did mess with that slider for awhile, mostly because there were people in front of Louie that I really wanted to blur, because they really took the focus off him. In the end though, I cropped them out, so perhaps I should have tried the slider again after doing that.
      I’m guessing that this game was packed because it was a Saturday afternoon, it was nice to see.


  2. great capture, I really like the way you got the mascot. I’m not sure of what I think of using photoshop to selectively blur the image. On one hand it would detract from the image to have all of it sharp, on the other hand (in my mind) it looks a bit artificial for the same focal plane to have different sharpness in the image. Since you used a compact which gives a mega dof


    • Thanks for commenting, and I published the other comment but will just reply here. It was distracting to have the whole thing in focus, as in the original photo. However, the selective blur here is pretty obvious. I guess that is OK with me in the case because it is basically just a snapshot. If it was to be a “professional” image, it would need some work I think.


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