Above is the final image.

And now I’m going to explain how I got it.

 

 

 

What’s the difference between this tree,

And this tree?

The settings are exactly the same: 1/8000th ISO200 f/1.4

 

The second image is a panorama stitched together from around 20 photos.

 

But why would you do this?

It’s a technique known as a bokeh panorama and it’s basically a panorama designed to control your depth of field making your subject pop out of the landscape more.

By shooting the subject wide open and then locking your focus whilst shooting around the subject – anywhere between 4 – 40 images will work – you will create a super shallow depth of field in a panoramic frame. ¬†Ostensibly you get the detail of the 1st image, where I’ve shot the subject almost completely within the frame whilst maintaining the subjects relationship to the surrounding landscape.

The image becomes a wide angle shot with telephoto compression.

 

Here’s the final image:

This was my first attempt at a bokeh panorama and there are several things I think I could have done better.

  1. My original starting image needs to be closer to the subject – I’ve left a lot of space around it mainly because I wanted to make sure it would work!
  2. Make sure you overlap your photos enough – take more photos if you need to.
  3. Your first image should be your subject filling the frame and make sure it is completely sharp! If this image isn’t right, the panorama won’t be right.
  4. Lightroom can stitch up to around 10 images (depending on the complexity of the image), anything over this use Photoshop.
  5. Doing 40 images in RAW requires a lot of processing power and it’ll give you an end file that is ginormous!! Most of us won’t need this so edit your images in Lightroom and then export them as JPEGs to a folder – here you can downsize your images as you would for uploading to the internet – once saved you can open the folder in Photoshop and create the panorama from the downsized JPEGs. This will save you time and the file will be much more manageable (unless, of course, you want it on a billboard!). Once the panorama is done you can tweak it in Photoshop or Lightroom as a JPEG.
  6. Experiment – try it out in different ways! Practicing will help you decide what works for you!

I hope you enjoyed this and learnt something new. Give it a try and let me know how you get on!