I was shooting some night shots at Johns Pass and took images of the night lights on the piers going out on the water where people were just starting to gather and dine. When it was all out of focus I really liked the way the lights looked but then you could not see the scene itself so I took some bracketed shots for an HDR image, (which I uploaded earlier) and then without moving anything, defocused it in manual mode and took some more. These I compiled on top of the in focus ones to try to recreate the dreamy light state I had seen. I am not happy about the colors or end product, but thought I would expose you to them for the “fun” of it. Ridicule away, I am braced for it. LOL
The first one is kind of ghostly.
Click first two images for a larger view:
The next image had three levels of out of focus or three bracketed focuses then were merged and much less soft:
This final image is the base image that at the time was in focus and as seen on site:
ISO 100, F/9, 1.3-13 sec, 40 mm Lens (17-40 mm L)