Focusing Your Attention

January 12, 2010 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photoshop 108 views

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Bishops and Pawns (crop)After my recent splash back into the tilt-shifting pool, my Photoshop muse has been working on ways to focus a photograph viewer’s attention to a particular part of the photograph using, well, focus. While what follows are technically fake tilt-shift effects, the aim in choosing the photographs and choosing the focal depth of each image was not only to make the subjects look miniature, but to draw your attention. All the photographs are mine, plucked from my photo library. I highly recommend viewing them all larger than they appear here, as they are much more impressive large.

Rockefeller Center Tilt-Shift
Rockefeller SkaterView large. Original photo from this post.

Eighth Hole
Eighth HoleView large. This is probably my least favorite of this bunch.

Bishops and Pawns
Bishops and PawnsView large. I love this one. Original photo from this post.

Pot Bunker Blues
Pot Bunker BluesView large. I like this one because the effect is so subtle. This is my miniature friend, Jeff, in a pot bunker on The Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

SCOTUS Tourist
SCOTUS TouristView large. Me in front of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Pool Dog
Pool DogView large. My parents’ dog, Sam.

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  • Sam the dog.

  • Kristin

    Must send to my parents. Sam looks just like Nessie. Who looks just like my childhood dog Chelsea. (Westies are fabulous little things.)

    Like the Rockefeller one especially. The Supreme Court one looks fake.

    • So you live in the Scottish Highlands and you have a West Highland Terrier? Way to live the cliche. Or maybe your childhood choice of dog breed solidified your future fate. Did I just blow your mind?

      Fake is actually a compliment in this genre. 🙂

      And I agree that Westies are the best.

  • Sam by a nose.

    • The more I look at it, the more I like the Pool Dog one, too. I might have to take some pictures of Nora sitting on the floor and then turn her into a plastic doll in Photoshop.

  • Images of this kind hurt my brain. It’s not that I don’t like them, but that they make me feel like different parts of my brain are at war with one another, like I’ll have a siezure or at least start drooling. But you are to be commended for having produced examples that have a beauty-to-neural disruption ratio among the highest I’ve ever witnessed.

    In Rockefeller Plaza and, to a lesser extent, in SCOTUS, you’re working against powerful eye-drawing elements in the original photograph (the Manship and the roof peak, respectively). It’s kind of interesting that these eye-drawing elements were placed intentionally to serve that purpose. In Eighth Hole, Bishops and Pawns and Pool Dog, you’re working with relatively more naturally-occurring eye-drawing elements, and the result is, to me, much less dissonant.

    Regarding Bunker Blues, I believe you’re working against a very powerful NFW compounded by a subtle but pervasive WTF.

  • Sam by a landslide.