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Artistic Blurs In Your Macro Images Using Photoshop

Want some artistic looking blurred images? Well then, … play, … have some fun! The following images were nothing more than combining two of the same images within photoshop.

© 2005 – Michael Brown
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The first image is a shot that I took down at Brookgreen Gardens & Plantation, down around the Charleston, South Carolina area. It was a simple shot of some “bluebells” with a low perspective to the ground, … at that was it. Nothing special about it at all!

I decided to take it into photoshop, to duplicate the image, then take the duplicate and enlarge it a certain percentage, … say maybe 10% or so, add a ever so slight touch of gaussian blur, and then merge the two together in photoshop. You can play with the sliders in your layers to adjust the opacity of each layer to suit your tastes.

With the second image that you see below of a lily found out in the swamp, I basically went through the same steps as above but without any gaussian blur on the second layer. I shot this through some existing foliage so it was already a good deal of blurring involved. I also decided to enlarge the image a bit more so that you could see a faint flairing of the petals around the more distinct flower layer.

A bit of selective blurring can be used after you flatten your layers, maybe a touch of cloning to touch up a few spots, but most of the time, I am happy with what I came up with from the start. It’s fun, and easy to do! Also, … I am pretty sure that you do not absolutely need photoshop to do this. There are many programs out there that has similar functions like photoshop, so just play and see what you can do with what you may have.

I will be showing some things in the next couple of days on what I use for reflectors, mirrors, etc.05swamplily3yblog.jpg You will see just how cheap I really am! I was planning on starting today, but got a call late last night from a buyer who wanted some images to show a client of theirs, so I am off to search some files for them. I “was” planning on goofing off today!!! (oh well!)

Everyone take good care of yourself, stay warm, … and thanks for looking!


© 2005 – Michael Brown
* Copying/downloading of images is prohibited.

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  1. Great shot & thanks for sharing.


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    Comment by charliebrown8989 | January 18, 2007

  2. wonderful shots, michael. the white one really attracts me. so delicate and soft. it’s a pleasure to just look at it.

    Comment by sabinche | January 19, 2007

  3. I had to rub my eyes to make sure it wasn’t just sleepiness and my eyes not focusing correctly. Nice effect though. I think it would only work on certain subjects.

    Comment by Mark | January 19, 2007

  4. Mike

    I spend sometime to read what you wrote.

    I see that you never failed to use creativity & innovation in your master piece..

    It is so kind of you to share.


    Comment by charliebrown8989 | January 19, 2007

  5. Nice, nice, nice… The power of Photoshop is great isn’t it? That second one is outstanding, it seams to grow…

    Comment by javga | January 19, 2007

  6. Wonderful shots and treatment. Your works never fail to amaze me :)

    Comment by sil | January 19, 2007

  7. Just Fantastic…
    Very well done and thanks for sharing with us.

    Comment by Yalın | January 20, 2007

  8. Thanks everyone! Appreciate the comments, and for visiting.

    Comment by macroartinnature | January 22, 2007

  9. Very cool, love the effect. It’s a great alternative to a typical blur overlay.

    Comment by Brian Auer | January 23, 2007

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  11. I’m thinking these work so well because the soft colors lend themselves well to the dream like effects of blurring. Always inspiring to know that people are buying your creative and beautiful images, and there may be hope out there for others who don’t follow a totally traditional path in photography!

    Comment by Roberta | January 25, 2007

  12. Nice pictures. Regards

    Comment by David | January 25, 2007

  13. Dreamy,Dreamy,Dreamy,Dreamy,Dreamy,!!!!

    Comment by yari | January 27, 2007

  14. Thanks guys! :)

    Comment by macroartinnature | January 31, 2007

  15. It’s more than hard to chose a favourite among so many exciting shots, but the top one of these two is very artistic.

    Comment by Ralf | March 17, 2007

  16. hi mike,

    I recently brought Olympus FE240. simple camera actually. as I took some of the snaps outdoor, i realize it has comparatively slow shutter. gone through lots of frustration with photo shots.
    after few weeks I came up with idea of taking advantage on slow shutter. playing with it, i acquired lots of blur artistic images. they are so good and abstact that i cannot delete them.

    But the problem is, is anybody working in this direction ? And i found you working almost to the direction that can relate to. with only diffrence that you use photoshop.

    i wonder you can help me in this dilemma.


    Comment by Ganesh Thapa | September 2, 2007

  17. Thanks Ganesh for visiting!

    There are quite a few individuals that I know of that are working or moving in this direction.
    The reason that I create these types of images is simply that it is something that appeals to me personally.
    Then, there are those clients that this type of work appeals to as well.
    If it is very different, with good composition, I think that there will always be a great appeal for this type of photography.

    Just keep shooting and creating in the areas that you like, and you almost always will see your own style and tastes to develop into a certain direction, getting better and better as you move along.

    Thanks again,

    Comment by macroartinnature | September 2, 2007

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