Today, I got to thinking about a “lens blur” effect that ON1 provides. This is a technique that became popular in recent years because it makes street scenes look like miniature model images. It emulates using tilt-shift lenses. That’s not what I was going for, here, though. I thought I could just make the mass of metal more interesting with some of that blur working for me to concentrate one’s attention to the center.
Next, I used a bit of additional effects to do an HDR-like B&W in Smart Photo Editor.
Interestingly, I shot this using a 15mm lens on my Micro Four Thirds camera. The barrel distortion that the lens has actually helps the image in that it makes the foreground beam more prominent. I tried correcting in software but turned that feature off.