I wonder if anyone can suggest a less circuitous route than the one I am using at the moment to achieve my desired effect
The photo below was taken with a Sigma 15mm fisheye f3.5 at a camera to subject distant of about 18-24"
the lens only goes to f2.8 so that would not have made a great deal of difference
It does not show all that well on here but as would be expected from the lens the DoF is enormous and the back wall is in sharp focus.
I want to get the sculpture in focus and the back wall blurred ( I appreciate that using a faster lens ,f1.4 would have done the job but I would not have been able to get close enough-MFD etc and I did not have one with me)
What I am doing at the moment is to mask the sculpture and select, copy this to a new file.
Then apply gaussian blur to the whole image and then paste back the selected part of the image.
This gives me the desired effect but it seems very complicated.
I have tried putting the sculpture on a new layer and then blurring the background but this does not work, so am I doing something wrong ?
Thanks in advance