I really like this idea, Jean, but I'm in agreement with you and Alan regarding the sharpness of the wheel. I'm guessing the lighting is the reason the shaded part of the wheel looks a bit sharper than the lighted part.
Good question Scottie about the out of focus: I think it is just because of the shallow depth of field: I was at 70mm f2.8 and for this to work I would have needed to close down. The area in the sun just happen to be further. Jean-luc
This is pretty cool Jean. The blur is a little distracting like the others stated but I think only because it is not uniform. I would like it better if the whole wheel was blurry. The way it is now, the bottom right of the image seems fairly sharp then it goes to blurry as you approach the center of the image then back to sharp when you look at the mountain range. The other thing that bothers me is the lighting seems wrong. The lighting on the wheel appears to be coming from the right and the lighting on the mountains is coming from the left.
Thank you Scott.Unfortunately, when I took the picture I was not thinking of this composite, just attracted to the rust colors.I agree that having the whole wheel out of focus and the background in focus would have been an interesting alternative.You are very observant: I had to look at it twice to notice what you mentioned about the light. To make it more realistic, I added the background from the same spot but obviously shot at a different time. Jean-luc