Sunday, July 02, 2006

St Martins, New Brunswick

BJ and I took a trip to St Martins April 22nd. Here are a few of the pictures I took along the way.


At July 05, 2006 10:39 AM, Anonymous Mrs. Thirds said...


Great shots as usual. I bet the one of te boat with the grass (DSC_9151BM)would look great as a montage or with a little gausian blur. Hasn't been much shooting going on here. Been lazy. Hurt my back again so I've been slow. And I'm still waiting for the hydro-seed guys to show up. *sigh* Enough of my whining. I enjoy the blog. Keep up the great work!!

At July 05, 2006 11:10 AM, Blogger Paul Wood said...

Hi Mrs. Thirds:

Actually DSC_9151BM is sort of a montage. I say sort of because it is a blend of two images. I had taken three images of the boat, one in focus, and two with different amounts of out of focus. I was not happy when I combined any of them. As you know when you throw the image out of focus the effect is similar to zooming in on the subject. When I combined the images the bow of the boat on the out of focus frames was very pronounced to the point of being a real distraction. I tried to resize the out of focus image but I lost part of the boat. I choose instead to duplicate the in-focus layer and apply some Gaussian blur to the duplicated layer. I likely didn't get the correct amount of blur and opacity but you can see the effect on the brown grass and darker parts of the boat. I have found that the lighter the color is the more difficult it is to work with when creating montages, especially when it is so dominant in the image as the white boat is.


At July 05, 2006 11:23 AM, Anonymous Mrs. Thirds said...

It is funny you say it is sort of a montage because I looked at it repeatedly thinking it sort of looked like one but I wasn't sure. Great minds.... :)

Did you consider doing a lasso around the boat and blurring out the back a tick more? Just a thought - as that way you can control what you choose to keep crisp and in focus. I'm just sitting here playing with an old picture of Baby Thirds going through some of the filters for inspiration. I just did something really neat with NOTEPAPER. I'm feeling creative today I guess. Baby Thirds is behind me with her chairs all lined up and all her ducks and her are on the "bus."

Thanks for the reply. I do enjoy hearing what you were thinking when you create your images.


At July 05, 2006 2:15 PM, Blogger Paul Wood said...

Mrs. Rule:

I try and do as little post processing of my images as possible prior to posting or printing. I shoot mainly in raw so that alone means I have to do a certain amount of post processing just to get an image. I use ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and actions which speeds things up a lot. Having said that I love to play with some of my images and montages are a chance to expand my know-how. I am still learning and will continue to do so until they pry my camera from my cold lifeless hands.

I will try your lasso idea and let you know how it goes.


At July 05, 2006 4:49 PM, Blogger Carrie & Family said...

for heavens sake Papa and Mrs. R.O.T -- What the heck is all this talk about??

are you doing this in Photoshop?

Best Daughter

At July 05, 2006 6:02 PM, Blogger Paul Wood said...

Hi Daughter;

We are talking photography, and in particular Photoshop. If you need info on montages check this link:



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