Picture of the Day: The Bokeh Panorama
In this beautiful capture by Tom Hall, we see a stone arched bridge in central Queenstown, New Zealand. The stunning panorama is also intriguing because it uses a photographic technique known as a bokeh panorama or the Brenizer Method, which combines a panoramic image with a shallow depth of field. Wikipedia explains:
The Brenizer Method is a photographic technique developed by wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer. It allows for the creation of an image exhibiting a shallow depth of field in tandem with a wide angle of view by use of panoramic stitching techniques in portraiture. The combination of these characteristics enables a photographer to mimic the look of a large format photographic system with equipment that is generally more easily and cheaply available, such as a digital SLR or even a camera phone. The method increases the effective sensor size of the camera, much like the larger negatives in medium and large format photograph. [source]
Typically, a bokeh panorama would focus in the near-foreground but Hall switched it up, instead focusing on the arched bridge in the background. For those interested, you can view the colossal 12998 x 5125 pixel panorama on Flickr.