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Out to Sea

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I have included all of the software/hardware and different cameras, lenses, and tools that I use for photography in the About Me section. It also includes some awesome websites that will help you find great places to shoot.

Currently I am putting together a set of 50 great photography destinations in the Pacific Northwest. All locations are geo-tagged, so you can check them out yourself-----> PACNW Top 50

  

The Shot

This shot was taken right down the road from Kerry Park. The boat is often parked in the same position allowing for great sunset pics, or in this case, storm clouds…

 

TIPS: Selective DOF Control

I have gone over selective sharpening in prior tips, but sometimes there is just one thing you wana make pop off the page. In this case it was the boat. If you haven't messed around with all of your photoshop blur functions I would highly suggest taking some time and having some fun with them. In this case I used a few of them. Motion blur, which allows you to select (1) direction for the picture to blur. Using multiple layers of motion blur you can simulate some awesome cloud movement(not used in this pic). The other (2) blur functions I use a lot are Gaussian Blur and Radial Blur.

The trick in blurring your background is getting it to look right to your eye. So long as your brain believes the picture looks close to reality, it will fill in any empty space. There is a little bit of "reality" factor you can play with there. The picture does not always have to look 100% real to look really cool. I always try to throw in a little bit of fantasy in all of my photos. If you want to spend some money on cool blurring tools Magic Bullet, Photolooks software has some awesome options. It is an Adobe plugin.

 

Enjoy….

  

Details/Equipment:

Camera: Nikon D800

Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G

Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L w BH-55 LR Ballhead and Quick Release Clamp + Nikon D800 L-Bracket

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Taken on May 23, 2012