A couple of weeks ago I was outside with my camera just putzing around, and coming down the street were these two girls. I wanted the shot, but felt awkward pointing the camera at them since I didn't know them. So, I held the camera down near my gut and fired off several shots hoping my aim was close. (by the way, THIS is why I want Nikon to add an articulating LCD to their D7000 successor !!!!) Anyway, when I got back to the Lighroom, the images were a disaster--what was I thinking?! In fact, I was only thinking about the idea of the image and not how to technically capture it.
You can see from the original that everything is wrong. Instead of panning with them, my camera is steady so the background is sharp. And instead of using a wide open aperature to help blur the background, I'm at f/8.0...great. I was about to toss the image when I decided that I would try to salvage the idea by taking it in to Photoshop Elements and use the camera blur filter on the background. I did that, and also de-saturated the background, but that still wasn’t enough to warrant keeping the image. The idea I had just wasn't translating into the image.
Now I think I have an image worth sharing… Wouldn't it have been nice if I was THINKING when I made the original capture--would have saved lots of post processing time!!