A shoe, just one shoe. Who on earth abandons, just one shoe. Shot walking to work yesterday morning. Bet I looked strange crouched down as people passed by. Good! ..lol..
Post processed as follows:
Dupe background layer.
Add some lens blur to duplicated layer.
Select background layer.
Exposure, hue/saturation and curves adjustments to background layer to boost foreground detail.
Select duplicated layer.
Add layer mask to duplicated layer.
Then using gradient fill (Black to white) started filling the mask with the gradient fill at various positions till I got the blend right between the foreground and the background. (In my eyes anyway)
Finally, new empty layer, and added a border.
Time to process: About 20 minutes. (in fact it took me longer to write this post, than it took to take and process the shot ;-))
Reworked the exposure. Steve was right, when I looked at it in the published post, It looked really dark, so as I have started to keep my files as PSD as well as small & lge JPGs, here is the reworked exposure. Hope it looks ok.