Monthly Archives: March 2014

In Camera Overlays

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Last week we had a meet up for what seems to be the annual pilgrimage to Longwood Gardens to photograph the Blue Poppies. While working in a different area of the conservatory I remembered a technique that I had not used for a long time. It’s called an “In Camera Overlay”. While it could also be achieved using Photoshop, this feature has been in Nikon cameras for years. I’m under the impression that some cameras from other manufacturers may also have this feature.

 

The technique is quite simple. Take your first picture with the image in focus and as much depth of field as you wish. Take a second defocused image and be sure your aperture is set to wide open. If not, your second image will be in sharper focus than you intended. Next go to the “overlay” function on your camera’s menu. Choose the first sharp image, then choose your second defocused image. Tell the camera to “overlay” the images then you are done!

Have you ever…

…had one of those times where you are reviewing images and you say…. I don’t remember taking that?

Well, I literally just had that moment.

I was downloading images from this past weekend. Reviewing to see which ones called out for processing. I came across the featured image and thought, wow, I don’t remember taking that. I do remember being so engrossed by the stained-glass reflections on the walls that I was shooting in a haze, but truly, I have no memory of looking up and shooting this scene.

Since I was alone in this area of the National Cathedral, it had to be me using my camera, but again, no recollection.

So roll forward to last night. Scanning through my images, I see this one… great arches and cool light. So I think… well, let’s see where it takes me…. and here is the result. Quality of an image is totally subjective, so others may not like this image… but I do. This image is captures exactly what I was seeing throughout the Cathedral. Textured walls, beautiful reflection of color on that walls, enormously high ceilings. The cathedral is just an amazing work of art.

I created this image by blending 3 bracketed images shot with the Fuji X-E 2, 8mm Rokinon Fisheye lens, and then combined in HDR Pro in Photoshop. I then processed my 32-bit file in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). After converting the image back to 16-bit (which merges the image), I liked most of what resulted in the tone mapping menu. I brought down the exposure a bit and then hit ok. Next I added contrast. That was it.

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Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.