Honda S2000 (Alien Skin Bokeh)

The car shown is a modified Honda S2000 (AP2) that I came across parked outside of a Drift Event in Memphis, Tennessee. Apparently, he didn't want his car to get hit with a door or ran into because he parked far away from everyone. The isolation helped me grab a good photo without any clutter.

 

This photo has been uploaded before, but I decided to try it again in black and white, with a little different of an edit thrown in.

 

Previously, I had challenged everyone to find the major difference in this edit and a previous edit, other than the black & white conversion. Since we've let the cat out of the bag, I'll go ahead and share what I've done.

 

The bokeh in this photography was added digitally, and the depth of field is shallow enough that it would be hard to replicate with a conventional lens in this scenario. While the original was shot at a large aperature, the added bokeh makes the depth of field appear even more extreme.

 

The software being used was Alien Skin's Bokeh filter. Now, I've never been one to add blur or bokeh in processing. To be honest, I've always considered it tacky, and have never seen a very realistic bokeh done with photoshop or other software. With that being said, I was really impressed with the Alien Skin software. It was used very heavily in this scenario, but a very light addition on most photos would give perfectly natural appearing edits if done correctly and thoroughly.

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Taken on August 3, 2008