In this month’s edition of Exploring with a Camera, Kat continues the discussion of Artistic Blur – this time exploring the application of blur in post-processing. Playing with Photoshop – now that’s more like it. As most of you know, post-processing is a vital part of my creative process. Exploring the various blur options was an invitation to fun.
The column image above was enhanced with textures, a common method for adding soft blur and painterly effects to images. (Vintage Craquelure Texture by Pixel Dust Photo Art).
As I wrote previously, Kat’s digital painting explorations have inspired me – the image above is a direct tribute to her recent work. Blurred in camera by heavy snowfall, these silhouetted trees were further blurred in post-processing through texture application. (Vintage Craquelure by Pixel Dust Photo Art)
In the image above, I mimicked a darkroom technique called the Orton Effect, named after photographer Michael Orton. This process results in a somewhat surreal, glowing image which still retains edge detail. (Tutorials can be found here and here.)
Texture application and glowing effects such as the Orton Effect are options I use quite often. But I was less familiar with the other Photoshop Blur options – I spent quite a good bit of time experimenting.
Using Photoshop’s Radial blur filter, this spiral staircase was given a case of vertigo – the blur adds a sense of motion to the image, which enhances that unsteady feeling of looking down into the depths.
For this image of the original Quaker Oats grain silos – now University of Akron student housing – I took advantage of a new CS6 feature: the Tilt-shift blur option. This filter attempts to mimic the selective focus provided by a tilt-shift lens. In this image, the vertical plane equal to the width of the silo with the blue-tinted windows is the only area in focus. Selective focus via tilt is often used to simulate a miniature scene.
While many of my blur experiments were unsuccessful – the blur effect failing to add anything to the image – I can now add Artistic Blur as another tool in my post-processing toolbox. And one can never have enough tools.
Linking with Exploring with a Camera, hosted by Kat Sloma.