Okay – the pictures I posted for the orton don’t really show well subsampled as they were. Let’s try it again, with a detailed portion of the flower picture.
Here, you can better see the effect that the gaussian blur and intra-layer blends have. The detail on the petals is lost, giving almost a painted look. This close up, you can see the color shift effect that the blurring has on the flower’s pistil (particularly the edges of the stigma). As I mentioned yesterday, I "punched out" the rough shape of the stigma to keep its focus sharp. It’s a nice complement to the soft look of the petals.
If I’d been more patient, I might have spent time trying to get the stigma’s mask correct (eliminating the fringing). That was more work than I wanted to do. I also don’t mind the way the picture looks at its ordinary magnification and crop.
Here’s a bit of detail from the picture of the Olympics too.
The effect is very pronounced on the detail of the mountain. The color shift that the blending induces is very nice – really accentuates the orange light of the sunrise.
I’ll probably play around a bit with different subjects, and different blur coefficients (I used 12 for this one) … this sort of thing can be very hit or miss.