1277 – I Keep Mine Hidden

In the morning when I took this image, it was cold, overcast and I was in a hurry. I had planned to make some “real” images later, on my way home, but alas it began to rain around noon and it’s still raining now, at almost 1 am.

Anyway. This may not be a good image, but it is a good example of a nice effect that you can produce with Topaz Detail. They have an effect called “Soft Looking”, that actually takes detail away. Basically it keeps fine detail, suppresses medium detail a little and large detail strongly.

This image is really a worst case for bokeh, and although I normally like what I get from the Sigma 28/1.8, here it fails miserably.

What I’ve done is this: I have duplicated the background a few times. The lowest layer I’ve left as it was. The second was treated with this “Soft Looking” effect, and then I have painted in a mask to take the effect away where the leaves were sharpest. The next layer was also put through Topaz detail, but now to strongly increase detail, with the same but inverted mask. Then I’ve added my “Neutral Blur” (explained in “542 – The Show Is Over, Say Good-Bye“), sharpening and on top another “Soft Looking” of the copy/merged layer stack.

The result is a strong differentiation between sharpness and blur. It does not look entirely natural, i.e. like the creamy blur of an ideal lens, but it really makes a difference. Btw, of all the Topaz Photoshop plugins, Topaz Detail is probably the most useful and produces the most natural results. Highly recommended.

The Song of the Day is “I Keep Mine Hidden” by The Smiths. I have it on a compilation of four songs, two singles and their backsides, that is no longer available, but “Sweet and Tender Hooligan” has it as well. The Smiths catalog is a real mess. Worst of all bands I know 🙂

YouTube has the song.

3 thoughts on “1277 – I Keep Mine Hidden”

  1. the focus | out of focus thing is always intriguing to me
    and those bright bright colors

    spring is amazing
    so refreshing to everyone
    every year this wonder happens again

    and i can see it in your images

    love the o so green green
    love the greenish blue
    love how the red is related to the pink
    as the green to the greenish blue

    have a good week, andreas

    1. Thanks. Actually at the moment it’s only tedious and I’m tired. The tutorial post that I’m writing for my Programming blog gets longer and longer and there is still no end in sight. I’m in the second week now writing it. I guess I’ll just have to go to bed 🙂

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