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Two Guns on 66

Continuing the series from yesterday, we remain in Two Guns. As we pulled up, we could see this little building of sorts complete with US 66 insignia flanked by 2 guns. I wonder where they got that idea? Time for a little mini “Tutorial Tuesday”. In this image I added a touch of lens blur via OnOne Software’s Focal Point. To get more realistic blur, whether using this Photoshop plug-in or the built in Lens Blur within Photoshop, you need to first mask in your in focus object, in this case the little building. Then, you need to add some degree of gradient to the blur to make it fall off as if you were shooting it with a really fast lens. You can do this within Focal Point using the masking bugs (Planar for this image) or adding a black to transparent gradient to your mask within Photoshop (Shift-G). You can also overemphasize the blur and create a tilt-shift effect or miniaturization if that’s your thing.

The Rickety Bridge

When tooling around the zoo area, we noticed this rather rickety looking foot bridge.  Rickety is an understatement, while bridge is an overstatement.  In reality it was nothing more than two railroad ties with some planks nailed across for a platform.  It was simply resting on the rocks, spanning a 20 gap 20 feet over the ground.  Part Two of the mini Tutorial Tuesday:  When shooting with a Fisheye lens, tilt the lens down while placing your horizon line in the top third of the image.  In addition to being a nice compositional tip, this creates the nice downward curve that is the hallmark of the Fisheye to your horizon line.  While this effect is not for every image, I think it works well under certain circumstances… such as this one if I do say so myself.

Stay tune for tomorrow as we move into “Kamp” and get to see the pool.

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  1. Heath O'Fee April 5, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Love that first shot. The minimal composition really works well.

  2. Tobias George April 5, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Great shots! Nice use of the fisheye.

  3. Chris Nitz April 5, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    Great shots man. That second shot really trips me out. I love the first shot though. The blues and the warm tones of the ground, combined with the minimal aspect just work so well. Great post!

  4. Chris Frailey April 5, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    Man that fisheye rocks. Love the bridge.

  5. Jason Hines April 5, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Great images Rick. I love the perspective on the bridge.

    • Rick April 5, 2011 at 9:04 am #

      Thanks for all the comments guys. That bridge was really sketchy. My buddy Ken wanted to cross it! Insanity!

  6. Scott Wood April 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Really enjoying both images. I am really hard pressed to pick a favorite of the two.

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