CANON EOS 750D, CANON EF-S18–55MM F/3.5–5.6 IS STM LENS, 18MM, 1/8S, F/3.5, ISO 1600

New Zealand D-Photo - - YOUR SHOTS - an­sh­passi ANSH PASSI

The in­spi­ra­tion for this im­age arose from hav­ing seen many pho­tog­ra­phers post al­most-iden­ti­cal shots from this ex­act lo­ca­tion, as well as a de­sire to ex­per­i­ment af­ter stum­bling across sim­i­lar com­pos­ited im­ages on In­sta­gram. “When I vis­ited this spot, I didn’t want to cap­ture a photo that my­self or oth­ers have al­ready seen nu­mer­ous times be­fore; I wanted to cap­ture some­thing dif­fer­ent, some­thing that would stand out and have that ‘wow’ fac­tor to it,” Ansh ex­plains. So the vi­sion for the fi­nal prod­uct was there, but the idea of com­bin­ing two shots into one was dreamed up on the spot, with­out any pre­vi­ous plan­ning in­volved. Shoot­ing hand­held, Ansh took a first shot from be­hind the fence, in which the fence was fo­cused and the back­ground was blurred, then cap­tured a sec­ond im­age on the other side of the fence, where the ‘view’ was in fo­cus, with no vis­ual ob­struc­tions in the way. “I im­ported th­ese shots into Light­room, and then merged them in Pho­to­shop and then ex­ported them as a TIFF file,” Ansh says. “In Pho­to­shop, I used a script to auto-align the im­ages, and then used the polyg­o­nal lasso tool to cut out the shape in the fence on the blurred im­age, so that the ‘in fo­cus’ im­age would show through.”

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