Brighton Clock Tower

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    The Clock Tower in Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK.

    Here the tower is supporting a canopy of white LED Christmas decorations. The image is a composite of two photographs, one badly out of focus to reveal a pleasant bokeh / 暈け / ボケ / ボケ味 effect.

    The geometry of the subject and composition means that - looking upward - the area around the clockfaces is in its own focal plane (with everything else either nearer or further away). This makes it easy to fake a shallow depth of field or fake Tilt-Shift effect, creating the illusion that the photograph is of a small scale model.

    The out of focus parts of the image serve to highlight the intensity of bright points - such as fairy lights or fireworks - that cannot be conveyed using conventional file formats and conventional screen display devices.

    Clock Tower [The Victorian Web]
    Clock Tower [My Brighton and Hove]

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    1. Yogendra174 39 months ago | reply

      splendid idea and awesome execution.

    2. chememoro 39 months ago | reply

      Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. Ana MD 39 months ago | reply


    4. JavierAndrés 34 months ago | reply

      amaaazing bokeh, and composition!

      visit mine if you want:
      Pool Floor

    5. Photos by Owen Franssen 27 months ago | reply

      Really well done. I like how you've got the bokeh in the foreground as opposed to the usual background fade

    6. nenet509 27 months ago | reply

      This is ABSOLUTELY beautiful! Very NICE shot! It was the only picture I commented on from DPS (Digital Photography School)....

    7. AlexTurton 27 months ago | reply

      This is brilliant

    8. Valentina Sokolskaya 27 months ago | reply

      Magnificent use of bokeh!

    9. nickpowell1980 15 months ago | reply

      FANTASTIC SHOT!!! I work just next to the clock tower and I am really keen to try to recreate the effect you have used here! Just out of interest, which lens was used to get this shot?

    10. Dominic's pics 15 months ago | reply

      Re: which lens was used to get this shot? - Hi nickpowell1980, I used a standard kit zoom lens for a Canon DSLR. The image is a combination of two photos taken from exactly the same viewpoint using a tripod; one in focus, the other very out of focus. I combined the two images by layering them in an image editor, used slight scaling to ensure that the two images matched (because changing the focus can slightly change the "zoom" / field of view angle), and then selectively removed the areas that were in or out of focus using very soft selections. The effect is the illusion of a very shallow depth of field, similar to the often misnamed / mis-described "tilt shift" effect.

    11. chememoro 14 months ago | reply

      Fantastic !!!
      Happy New Year !!!

    12. PHYTV 14 months ago | reply

      Hi, thanks for making this image available under a Creative Commons attributed licence. I’ve used the image in a YouTube video with a credit and Flickr image URL at the end of the video. Don’t hesitate to contact me via FlickrMail if you have any questions.

    13. MotherNatureNetwork 11 months ago | reply

      Thanks for listing this photo under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

      We've used it here,, on Mother Nature Network. Check it out!

      Please let me know if you have any questions.

      Thanks again,
      Catie Leary

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