Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Project 365; Day 94

I'm back. :]
I went back to the camera store yesterday and talked to a different person. He told me different things than the lady had told me on Saturday sooo that was a little weird.
He said there was a problem with my camera body AND my lens and I was freaking out again xD
So he kept it for a few hours and called me back and said that he fixed it. No sending it away, no cost, nothing, he just figured it out on his own.
AND I got my sensor cleaned. For cheaper than the lady said. o_O
So... I was happy with that, lol.
And it took less than a day. Awesome.

Anyways, these are some pictures I took of my brother today. I took him outside and he jumped in puddles and stuff. (because the snow is melting :] )


For this second one I wasnt happy with the tree sticking out of his head...
So I gaussian blurred the top half of the picture and erased where my brother was.
It looks kinda... eh. You can tell its fake I think...
Any suggestions how to convincingly blur the background out?



GinoA said...

I usually create a second layer with just the subject I want well-focused, then blur the entire background layer.

This is one of my best.

I also did something, I don't remember what, to give the flower that glow.

NP said...

Oh good I'm glad your lens is all right. And a sensor cleaning is always handy. :)

I think the best way to blur out a background is with magic. Aside from that, though, using your 55-200 @200mm at the widest aperture it can open (f/5.6 I think) will blur it out naturally. I've never really messed around with fake blurring-outering (a real word) so I can't help you there, but I can tell you a little goes a long way, where applicable.

Scott said...

You could try a radial pattern...It's not going to do the depth of field like a more-open aperture would have accomplished, but it would look a little better.

Brian said...

Congrats on the fixed lens, and clean sensor. :)

I've never really messed with blurred backgrounds. I suggest going over the "Meet the" and checking out the tilt shift episodes. He talks about making a gradated blur which I think could really help.