I just wanted to share this with you all because ... it is very cool stuff in Photoshop.
I recently posted this first photo of the twin pines. I wasn't quite satisfied. When I came back to it a few days later I realized what the problem was – I should have shot it at a much wider aperture, say f/5.6 or even f/4 rather than f/16 in order to really have the two pines stand out. As it is, everything is a bit too busy and the pines don't quite get the full billing that was intended. Well I can’t go back and reshoot but there is an amazing application in Photoshop called Lens Blur. It involves making what is called a "depth mask", which determines what will be in focus and the extent to which the focus fades. But once that is done, and in this photo it was pretty easy, it is only a matter of deciding how wide an aperture effect I wanted to have and setting it up. This application didn’t make this photo great but it certainly improved it and got it more in line with what I’d envisioned. Very cool stuff.