Blurred Vision

Blurred Vision

Weather forecast calls for rain on Monday. Hoping to catch some interesting cloud formations, I headed for the beach on Sunday evening. Saw a crescent moon rise, but it was too high to incorporate into the surrounding landscape. So I turned to what I always do on the beach: look for clouds and their reflections on the wet sand. I’ve been wanting to try Zeb Andrews‘ double exposure technique where he shoots the second exposure out of focus. With the waves moving too much during the two exposures, blending two digital exposures didn’t produce a clean image. So I fabricated an out of focus exposure by taking the original image and applied a radial blur filter. Then I blended the two images together using the digital blending technique via the layer mask method. The original image was shot with a 3 stops split neutral density filter to control the contrast between the sky and the foreground. I like how the resulting image emphasizes the sense of movements. I don’t like the dead-center horizon, but there wasn’t a whole lot I could have done to move it without scarifying the “eye”.