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    Re: Texture

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    I redid "Mosque Bush" using the advice of Mike's (mregier) post - I put texture into it by merging a couple of photos together. I think it is a better image. In these OOF shots it does indeed help the eye to have something it can focus on.
    I'm very intrigued to know what steps you took to get texture from merging a couple of photos together, if I may be so bold as to pick your or M Regnier's brains on this (I really like his image in post #532).
    I fully agree about helping the eye to catch focus on these OOF images, I have worked on many but I usually boost the Clarity slider up all the way, I haven't seen the texture effect done so well before.

    Scratch that and thanks to M Regnier and his link.
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    Re: Texture

    Quote Originally Posted by m3photo View Post
    I'm very intrigued to know what steps you took to get texture from merging a couple of photos together, if I may be so bold as to pick your or M Regnier's brains on this (I really like his image in post #532).
    I fully agree about helping the eye to catch focus on these OOF images, I have worked on many but I usually boost the Clarity slider up all the way, I haven't seen the texture effect done so well before.

    Scratch that and thanks to M Regnier and his link.
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    I loved the images on Mikes site, and figured that I had to do something with mine. You can only push clarity to the limit - then, you have to add the texture through another image.
    I found a stock image site and down loaded a few "textures", then I blended the texture image with my original. Now, I know, that you know much more about photoshop than me, so it's over to you. But, of course, the devil is in the details. You can blend textures, create your own, or whatever - I'm enthralled with this stuff. The ultimate goal is to create the image you are looking for.

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Keith,

    you can also start shooting textures and then combine the textures to make new textures, color,b&w etc. I make many variations of my textures. I also carry a camera all the time to shoot foregrounds,backgrounds,sky,textures etc.

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Finally got around to grabbing a couple of the better ones I've got. These are both taken with the stock Oly 14-42 and 40-150mm lenses (don't remember which is which, though, I'd have to double check. >.<)

    I'm relatively new to photography (this is my first DSLR, an Oly E-620) and even newer to "bokehgraphs." So hopefully this is in-line with the thread.




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    One more of my Mirrorserie.
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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by weaselboy View Post
    Finally got around to grabbing a couple of the better ones I've got. These are both taken with the stock Oly 14-42 and 40-150mm lenses (don't remember which is which, though, I'd have to double check. >.<)

    I'm relatively new to photography (this is my first DSLR, an Oly E-620) and even newer to "bokehgraphs." So hopefully this is in-line with the thread.

    Welcome to the thread Weaselboy - I especially like the background bokeh in this one

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    Out of control
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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by kweide View Post
    Out of control
    ( E-P1 and M.Zuiko 17mm )
    A whole load of movement in there, Klaus. No idea how you did it.

    Great stuff

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    "Fall Five"
    G1 with kit lens

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    Hi Keith,

    This image has a lot of energy and excitement! I have been so busy lately that I am now trying to catch up with all of you!

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by JerryMK View Post
    Captured in my world of Bokeh


    (actually this is an old one... taken 21th may this year...)
    Hi Jerry,

    Lovely colorful bokeh in the background!

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by mregnier View Post
    another shot with the lensbaby and a quick jerk!

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    Hi Mike,

    This is a fantastic piece of art!

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    One more of my Mirrorserie.
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    Hi Michiel,

    I always enjoy seeing your Mirror Serie! All the best!

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    G1 + Micro Nikkor 5.5cm. Preset 1st Version. "Raindrops".


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    Quote Originally Posted by Leica 77 View Post
    G1 + Micro Nikkor 5.5cm. Preset 1st Version. "Raindrops".

    Hi Leica 77, some Superb drops and bokeh with a beautifull reflection in there! Compliments on the shot. That Nikkor is one great macro lens!

    I also love taking "dropshots". Have a whole series on Flickr...



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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    "Fall 17"

    G1 with Nikkor 55/3.5

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    "Fall 17"

    G1 with Nikkor 55/3.5

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    Hi Keith,
    This image is superb! The autumn colors are definitely there!

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

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    Hi Leica 77, some Superb drops and bokeh with a beautifull reflection in there! Compliments on the shot. That Nikkor is one great macro lens!

    I also love taking "dropshots". Have a whole series on Flickr...



    Best regards,
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    Hi Jerry,
    Many thanks for your kind comments. Likewise, I enjoy taking "dropshots" whenever I can. Your "dropshots" are always inspiring!

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    G1 + Micro Nikkor 5.5 cm. "Raindrops".


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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by Leica 77 View Post
    Hi Mike,

    This is a fantastic piece of art!
    Leica 77,
    Thanks very much. One of my favorites as well. It looks great as a 30x30 inch print.

    cheers
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    One Thousand less One:


    Olympus E-P1 & Cooke Kinic 1" F/1.5

    Cheers!

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    Beautiful image, Abbaz. I love the circular bokeh of these old lenses.

    Here is a two tone result from my Fall shots done yesterday. This is a single image. I'm playing with adding textures through other images like Mike does, but first I have to sharpen up my Photoshop skills

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    "Fall 35"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Leica 77 View Post
    G1 + Micro Nikkor 5.5 cm. "Raindrops".

    Wonderful, Leica - have you printed it?

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    Beautiful image, Abbaz. I love the circular bokeh of these old lenses.

    Here is a two tone result from my Fall shots done yesterday. This is a single image. I'm playing with adding textures through other images like Mike does, but first I have to sharpen up my Photoshop skills

    Keith

    Nice shot keith. It has a nice richness to it.
    mike

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    Beautiful image, Abbaz. I love the circular bokeh of these old lenses.
    Thanks Keith.

    I love your "Fall 35," it looks like an oil painting with broad brush strokes:



    Cheers!

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    "Fall 35"

    Hi Keith,

    I agree with Abbazz that the broad paint brush like effects give this image a strong character. Excellent!

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

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    Wonderful, Leica - have you printed it?

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    Hi Keith,
    Many thanks for your kind comments. Per your suggestion, I will print it soon. All the best!

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    G1 + Micro Nikkor 5.5 cm. "Raindrops".

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by Abbazz View Post
    One Thousand less One:


    Olympus E-P1 & Cooke Kinic 1" F/1.5

    Cheers!

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    Hi Abbazz,

    It is simply beautiful! I love it!

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    It is simply beautiful! I love it!
    Thank you Leica 77. These old cine lenses are pure joy to use on M4/3rds.

    Cheers!

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    Misty morning
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    Welcome to the thread Weaselboy - I especially like the background bokeh in this one

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    Thanks. Hopefully I'll have some more presently!

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    I've been absent from this thread for some time, due to lack of time
    Today, I'm shooting again, with my Nikkor 50/1.4

    Here's some results







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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by f6cvalkyrie View Post
    I've been absent from this thread for some time, due to lack of time
    Today, I'm shooting again, with my Nikkor 50/1.4

    Here's some results

    good evening,
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    Welcome back Raf - these really express the colourful and mellow feeling of fall

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    "Fall 152"
    Not a very inspiring image, but I did it from two images.

    1. Fall leaves captured by moving the camera
    2. Metal plate with diagonal lines

    The texture image gives a bit of life to the patches of overcooked pixels.

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    Hi Keith and Rafael,

    Your bokehgraphs appear to be getting more and more sophisticated!

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    G1 + Micro Nikkor 5.5 cm. "Raindrops".


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    I do not know what to think of this... so I like to know what you think...


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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by JerryMK View Post
    I do not know what to think of this... so I like to know what you think...

    Hi Jerry,

    It looks like an "electronic bokehgraph".

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Quote Originally Posted by JerryMK View Post
    I do not know what to think of this... so I like to know what you think...

    I like it, because it draws me in to figure out what it is. I think one of the essentials of this kind of image is a sense of mystery. You want the viewer to take another look.

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Is it a helicopter taking off ?
    If so, do I win one ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by f6cvalkyrie View Post
    Is it a helicopter taking off ?
    If so, do I win one ?

    Good night for now,
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    LOL :-) , no it is no helicopter. Thank you all for the kind comments. I am going to hit my bed now.

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Received my Lensbaby Composer today - this is one of the first shots with it.

    "Fall 560"

    I need to get some texture on it.

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    . . . and one with some texture added (too much, I feel, but I'm still learning

    "Fall 1000"


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    Re: Texture

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    . . . and one with some texture added (too much, I feel, but I'm still learning) ...
    I quite like it though Keith.
    One thing I'd try (if you're using Photoshop) is to match the perspective of the texture to the colour image so they both go off to infinity at the top together if you see what I mean.
    Tell me/us, if you may, what is your process ...

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    Re: Texture

    Quote Originally Posted by m3photo View Post
    I quite like it though Keith.
    One thing I'd try (if you're using Photoshop) is to match the perspective of the texture to the colour image so they both go off to infinity at the top together if you see what I mean.
    Tell me/us, if you may, what is your process ...
    m3photo:

    You are right, the texture doesn't match - in post 585 I did match the texture to the drift of the leaves.

    I first took the picture with a lensbaby, which gave me almost 100% OOF image. Then I downloaded a stock texture from Shutterstock. I blended the two in Photoshop and tuned the brightness, contrast and colour. I am new to photoshop, so right now I am finishing them in Lightroom, where I am more comfortable.
    All of this is inspired by Mike Regnier's work. Mike luckily found this thread and has placed a few posts. You can see his stuff at
    http://www.regnierphotography.com/vi...6_2_large.html
    I've pointed this to his landscape section which is stunning. I took his advice and downloaded a couple of tutorials from Cromasia, which are really well done.
    To get the most out of these techniques you really need to be quite competent with layers in PS - which I am not, yet.
    The lensbaby is my first - I got the Composer as recommended by Mike. Lots of fun

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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    m3photo: ... I blended the two in Photoshop and tuned the brightness, contrast and colour.
    Thank you Keith. I had a good look at M.Regnier's work before and I really like his style.
    Actually it's the PS blend mode I'm wondering about.
    By the way my name's Michael and I'll make it so it's at the bottom of my posts from now on. Silly me, I hadn't realized up to now that others only reply to "m3photo"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m3photo View Post
    Thank you Keith. I had a good look at M.Regnier's work before and I really like his style.
    Actually it's the PS blend mode I'm wondering about.
    By the way my name's Michael and I'll make it so it's at the bottom of my posts from now on. Silly me, I hadn't realized up to now that others only reply to "m3photo"!

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    Hi Michael

    Under Layer Styles and Blending Options I have chosen Hard Light for both the images I have shown.

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    Re: Photographing your Bokeh

    Here's one showing the bokeh of my just received Nikkor 180mm f2.8 ED (shot wide open, on tripod)



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    Re: Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by woodmancy View Post
    Under Layer Styles and Blending Options I have chosen Hard Light for both the images I have shown.
    It's the best one for textures definitely.

    For a different approach, here I've used Luminosity and added 50 Saturation and dropped the Levels to the flattened result.



    Oops, got carried away there, sorry folks - it's not a "Bokehgraph".
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