Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Weather only an octopus could love

Octopus Weather
It rained most of the day today and was generally dark and yucky. Nice weather for octopi, that's about it.

Doesn't mean a person can't sit in the car and play with the camera. This was outside Octopus Car Wash on South Park Street, Two exposures, two different lenses: One shot wide open with the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 to focus on the raindrops on the windshield and throw the background out of focus and produce the blurred highlights. The octopus was photographed with a tele-zoom at 120mm.

I combined the two images in the camera with Nikon's Image Overlay processing. You can select any two RAW images stored on the card and the camera will blend them and show you a preview. Individual gain controls for each image let you control how the images blend.

Of course, you can do all this in Photoshop with even more control. But if you don't have a computer with you or you're just sitting in the car waiting for the rain to stop, fiddling around with Image Overlay isn't a bad way to kill some time.

2 comments:

Beantown Caffe said...

Not a good day to get your car washed either.

Buck said...

I love this photo. Genius! -Buck Hogoboom, Detail Manager, University Octopus