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As most of you probably know, I spent last week in Austin (TX), and I had a great time. I managed to go out shooting a couple of times (despite the Arctic weather) and both my workshops went really well: I had a great bunch of students for both of them, and Dave Wilson did a great job of organising them. All being well we'll organise another workshop out there in the future.

Anyway, I'm now back in the UK for a week to run some one-to-one training and will be posting shots from my Austin trip while I'm here. I thought I'd start with this one though as no trip to Texas can possibly be complete without a shot of the state flag: taken in Johnson City.

If you take a look at the original you'll notice that the trees were quite a bit more defined in the original. In the final version I blurred them using Bokeh as I felt that they were just a bit too obvious. If the sky had been good – deep blue, fluffy clouds, and so on – this probably wouldn't have been necessary, but the shot just looked too stark and cluttered with a flat grey sky.

As always, let me know what you think.

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comment by Carlos Garcia at 12:29 PM (GMT) on 9 February, 2011

Despite the crazy weather, sounds like you had a wonderful time. Nice capture here. It took me a while to decide whether or not I like the "Bokeh" tree or the original, but the "Bokeh" tree won :)

comment by Ian Mylam at 12:41 PM (GMT) on 9 February, 2011

Dave, I use OnOne's FocalPoint 2 plug-in whenever I want to to add bokeh in post. Have you tried it, and if so, what are the reasons you prefer Alien Skin's Bokeh plug-in?

comment by djn1 at 12:49 PM (GMT) on 9 February, 2011

Thanks Carlos.

Ian: I have't tried FocalPoint, but it looks like it has similar features. If you're interested I found a review that compares the two:


comment by DedicatedRR at 03:01 PM (GMT) on 9 February, 2011

I like how you handled the tree, it kinda fills out the image without being, like you said, too obvious.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 04:36 PM (GMT) on 9 February, 2011

I agree that applying the Bokeh was an improvement.

comment by Chris at 05:54 AM (GMT) on 10 February, 2011

I agree as well. The tree would have been a bit distracting and the grey sky doesn't work all that well. The image is a lot cleaner with Bokeh and there is a sense of depth.

comment by Douglas at 06:27 AM (GMT) on 10 February, 2011

Beautiful! You handled the tree perfectly.

comment by djn1 at 04:03 PM (GMT) on 11 February, 2011

Thanks everyone.