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Old Mar 30, 2013, 2:35 PM   #1
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Default An attempt at Brenizer method

The Brenizer method is something I've wanted to try for some time. Today I gave it a shot. Basically it involves creating a composite image from a number of individual images. Nothing new for landscape photos but applied to other things it can be interesting. Ryan Brenizer originated the technique and has used it to create some very cool wedding photos like this one that is one of his better known works.




on his blog he has some info

http://www.ryanbrenizer.com/category/brenizer-method/

So I figured a fast short telephoto like the 45mm f1.8 would make a good tool for this. Not having any couples to shoot I chose an orchid. This is a single image of the orchid taken with the camera from 4-5 feet away. As you can see we have a cluster of flowers floating, in nothingness.


Orchids in sunlight by ramcewan, on Flickr

And here's a composite of 32 images taken from same distance of the flower and pot. This gives you an idea of how we now have the whole object in frame but still maintaining the shallow DOF and bokeh background. The result is a big 7671 x 7859 image.


Brenizer Orchid by ramcewan, on Flickr

still playing but thought I'd share my second attempt which I think came out okay.
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Interesting and I also think your final is ok...... Actually I think it is a fantastic result of so many files.
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Interesting and I also think your final is ok...... Actually I think it is a fantastic result of so many files.
Thanks for checking it out Bob. The final is ok, has some artifacts around the leaves most likely because this was handheld and I moved slightly.

Microsoft ICE does a very good job of putting them together, it's pretty much drag and drop and let it do it's thing, several minutes of crunching later it shows you the result and you can choose where to crop.

Viewing the shots on Ryan's blog I see that the really nice ones have something else framing in the image that is also in the DOF. In the top example on the bridge, the railing defines the edges and has sections in focus leading the eye out of focus. I am still learning what is best to get the captures done, next will be framing.


Here are two others I shot using my new tripod. Less artifacts but the flowers weren't as nice.


P3309538_stitch by ramcewan, on Flickr


P3309540_stitch2 by ramcewan, on Flickr
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I really like the very first shot. Nice job.
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I really like the very first shot. Nice job.
the one of the couple on the bridge?

that's not mine - that's Ryan Brenizer's photo and I like it very much too. I posted it to show how the technique originated.

Speaking of the technique; it is important that you have locked everything, white balance, focus, exposure, shutter and ISO from the first through the last shot. There are some options to do this with the Olympus m43 cameras;

1. go full manual and set everything including focus manually
2. use the panorama scene mode which is there for making panoramas of landscapes but works just as well for this, especially if you want the camera to spit out JPG.
3. set the camera to S-AF and multi-shot mode, focus and shoot the prime subject first and then without lifting your finger from the shutter take all the shots needed

I opted for the third option using aperture priority mode.

However you do it you will need to cover the prime subject and then pan around to frame it in. Microsoft ICE will only work with JPGs so you do need to process before you can composite the images if you shoot RAW only.

A good tip is to take a shot of your hand or foot or something to know when a sequence is done and the next one starts, otherwise you'll have to rely on timestamp and memory.
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No Ramce, the first photo you took of the flowers with the black background. Very nice.
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Interesting. I had read about this but had not tried it yet.
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