Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: 70-200 F2.8
This is image was shot at the Zoo in Al Ain, which is around 140KM from Dubai in the UAE. Meerkats are really photogenic, but never stay still…
As it was a fairly bright afternoon and the Meerkat enclosure is covered by a high canvas shade, the best exposure I could afford while maintaining a relatively shallow depth of field was F4, before this fella decided to scurry off into his burrow.
However, when I brought the images into lightroom, I wasn’t quite at the point I had wanted to reach. Sometimes you’re almost there…..
So, onto how I got the final look.
I zero’d out the sliders for sharpness and exposure in lightroom and brought the image into Lens Effect.
I then created the dept map for my image using the method described in the online tutorial on the Topaz site.
After a bit of fine tuning, I chose the Bokeh SLR effect and brought in the amount of shallowness to the depth of field that I had originally envisioned. To me, this makes lenseffects return back what you paid for it in leaps and bounds. You now get to have “Prime Bokeh” with a Zoom lens.
As I had mentioned earlier, I zeroed out the sharpness in lightroom because I prefer to adjust sharpness within Lens Effects while making these adjustments. The program is “depth map aware” after all so it kinda makes sense not to sharpen the creamy bokeh you just created.
Post that point I re-imported the images into lightroom and adjusted color / exposure and contrast and added a vignette to complete the effect.
And thats it. Simple, subtle, yet effective at presenting the view you want for your images.
You can find more of my images at my flickr page. I’ve started to encorporate lenseffects into a few of my portraits as well.
To see more of Brian’s work visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/briandonegan/