The vision in my left eye is still quite blurry. Unless I really concentrate on what I am seeing, my right eye dominates and I simply have a hazy sense of looming weirdness. And unless I stick my head up real close to something, color washes out.
So to see these Madrone berries I stuck my head right into the branches and let my blurry vision take over. If I let both eyes see, there is only a small area in focus and the rest is a double vision. To make this photo, shot in macro mode super close with my G11, I copied the image and superimposed it on itself, slightly offset.
After I sandwiched the images, I erased the effect on the berries with the best focus and added the palette knife art filter; and then erased that effect on the same berries. It is hard to see the effect of the filter in the small blog version of the photo, but I am satisfied that I can convey how only a small area of the scene is actually in sharp focus.
I used the palette knife filter on a much stronger setting for a vertical version of berries on another Madrone. It seemed to be an exceptionally good year for berries for this exceptionally wonderful California native tree, but even so, I needed to clone in a cluster of berries to fill a gap in the lower left of the original photo.
If you look closely you will notice the cluster at the bottom is the same as the one above it. I had to spend some Photoshop time blending leaves and branches so it would look “natural”, but it is all for the sake of art. The camera always lies anyway, and I really wanted to get the feeling of looking through a blurry foreground to an area that is sharp focus.
In this case, I am allowing my dominant right eye to focus where ever it can, knowing my blurry left eye can focus on nothing in the distance. I didn’t let my eyes see double vision, letting the blurry left eye be an impressionist sense of color. This only works if I am really close to the subject, other wise my eye does not see much color, just muted gray blurs.
It is fun to play with these macro scenes where I can actually put the eye to creative use, but for larger landscapes it is still pretty useless. As spring comes on and I begin my real work photographing gardens, I wonder how the two eyes will work together – or not. I am using a pirate’s patch over my eye when I drive so that I can avoid some depth of field confusion of one blurry eye. I may need to use it when I work….