I made a quick trip to South Korea this weekend for an international dance event called Red Bull BC One 2013 World Finals. With top notch performances of musicians and international dancers gracefully defying gravity, I wanted to make sure to try something different with these action shots.
I decided to try out a tilt-shift effect to miniaturize the performers since the arena was such a huge space. Tilt-shift is a mechanism on certain specialized lenses that is used to blur out certain parts of a photograph while leave other parts tack sharp. Used commonly on architecture, the contrast of the focus and blur is meant to resemble the kind of bokeh that is formed when macro shots are taken.
In these indoor shots, these were taken at 1/1000 shutter speed minimum with an f-stop of 1.2 in order to achieve the sharp crispness of movement without the graininess. However, there is no tilt shift lens on the market that can reach that speed. So the only way to create this effect is through Photoshop.
If done correctly, the end result will look like this.