Spring impressions…

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__TS-E90mm f/2.8__1/180 sec at f / 2.8__ISO 400

New photo! I made this image yesterday evening.  My purple plums are just started blooming, so out comes the camera!  I used my Canon 90mm TS lens with two Canon 2x extenders.  It’s a bit like have a Lensbaby, and I could play around with focus point and blurring the background.  The image was made from two exposures blended – one “sharp” and the other complete soft focus.

Enjoy!   Bill

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11 Responses to “Spring impressions…”

  1. Rich W says:

    Bill, when you say “blended,” am i to assume you mean in PS? If so, then i totally misunderstood when i first read the post. I tried something similar after reading this, but did it in-camera. I set my Nikon for multiple exposures on the same frame. After each image, i would change the aperture. I got some really interesting results using three exposures, the first at f22, second at f2.8, and the third also at f2.8. it created quite a “dreamy” effect. I was shooting a flower, with the glass vase behind it. Nothing i would want to post, the comp wasn’t the best, and it was just an experiment. But i’m really anxious for Spring to make it to Michigan so i can try the same technique on a larger scale!

    thanks again for all you do!


  2. Stacey,

    For this image, http://www.flickr.com/photos/williamneill/4409241119/, I used the 50mm macro.

    Thanks, Dave!

  3. This is an incredible image. I love that the blended background is the same color palette as the flower and stem. Quite a powerful effect when well-executed. I’ll have to try it.

  4. Great photo Bill. Thanks for sharing your technique.

  5. Stacey says:

    The Flickr image is nice as well, but with a darker tone. Same technique?

  6. Thanks for sharing this Stacey. Yes, the plum blossoms always catch my eye. Esp since they are in front of my living room window! Another one from a few years ago:

  7. Stacey says:

    Hey Bill, looks like we were both shooting similar subjects last weekend. Interesting to see the difference in treatment, color, etc. I was doing soft focus work and overlays as well.


  8. Beautiful. It’s like showing the material and immaterial side of the flower

  9. Thanks Jay and Patti.

  10. Patti Coblentz says:

    Ditto…it’s gorgeous! I, too, will attempt this technique. Your art is beautiful, as always!


  11. Jay Goodrich says:

    I like this. Thanks for the technical, I am going to go out and try the technique.