When I first saw that focus was the subject of this week’s photo challenge at WordPress, I thought about taking a photo creating focus based on depth of field. But I have also started a new term at school and I am taking a Photoshop class. I am going to be very focused on learning new ways to edit my images so I used some of the techniques we covered in class this week to create this image:
Here’s how I edited the image in Photoshop:
- Created a duplicate layer
- Did a hue and saturation adjustment and moved the saturation slider all the way to the left.
- The hue and saturation adjustment came with it’s own mask, so I used a black paint brush to brush back in the color of the bee and the flower.
- Then I wondered what the density and feather sliders on the mask would do so I dropped the density to 80% and added a feather of 1.7 pixels.
- Then I decided that I wasn’t crazy about the completely unsaturated background so I moved that slider to -78 which brings back a bit of color to the background.
The bottom line here is that I was messing with the color to create focus. Here is the original:
I took this photo using my Canon 50D and a 50mm lens. I was using a tripod and a fast shutter speed with the hope of stopping the movement of the bee as much as possible. I was only somewhat satisfied with the way these original images turned out. I think I am going to take my point and shoot camera along next time to see if I can get a closer view that I might be happier with.
So, what do you think of the images? In response to a recent post, a reader commented that they liked photography to look as natural as possible. I have to say that in general I do agree with that statement particularly when it comes to nature photography; how do you feel about that? Does the fact that I used Photoshop on this bee put you off? Your comments are welcome below.