Noticing: October 13, 2012 – Sharp and shallow

Here’s an image from a nature walk today. For this one I wanted a nice shallow depth of field, but I also wanted the leaf to be nice and sharp. Even the best lenses aren’t their sharpest wide open, so I used a bit of photoshop magic and two images.

When I made the two exposures I held the camera steady and shot one at 2.8 and one at f/4. In Photoshop I dropped the f/4 image onto the 2.8 image, erased everything but the leaf and used a mask to fine-tune the edge. Best of both worlds, sharp leaf and shallow depth of field.