In a new technique I've been developing, I have been experimenting
with selective "focus" and selective "Lighting"
Basically this involves taking a minimum of 3 images all playing with DOF
by 1 shot wide open, second half way, and last the very smallest f stop.
Focus on all 3 remains the same. in this example it's the leaf and bud closest to the lens.
All 3 images are brought into one Photoshop image, so now I have 3 layers.
f22 on top
I start by creating a Layer mask hide all on the top 2
Then I selectively reveal what I want to show on the layer below.
I do a curves adjustment on the bottom layer if I have to.
The first image is the leaves at f22 at 0.4 seconds
the second image is the final image when completed
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