Kokoro - Wandering Through a Photographic Life

Backstage Kokoro

A "behind-the-scenes" look at selected images in my Kokoro project —
Content, photographic notes, EXIF data, creative process, miscellaneous commentary, and original digital captures. And now with additional audio comments about selected images!

From Kokoro #019 - Clara's Garden

I really must give credit where credit is due and with this image, credit is due to John Sexton for the inspiration. He made a photograph of this same chair in Bodie which I saw in a workshop he conducted decades ago. It must have made an impression on me because when I visited Bodie for the first time, I immediately recognized this chair and remembered his photograph. Thanks, John.

Here again is an example of multiple exposures at different focal points being blended to create a tack-sharp image throughout. The first exposure was focused on the table in front; the second exposure was focused on the chair; the third exposure focused on the wall in the background. By superimposing these three exposures into one layered Photoshop file, I could then simply erase the parts that were out of focus in each layer. It's a great trick to increase the depth-of-field beyond what is optically possible, but does require the necessary forethought to capture the number of exposures needed for the Photoshop work. I guess this is a form of "digital previsualization."

Original digital capture (downsized for the web)

1/80 sec at f / 9.0, ISO 320, Panasonic DMC-G2, LUMIX G VARIO 14-45/F3.5-5.6, 34 mm

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