Anyone tried the 'radio telescope array' approach to shallow depth-of-field?

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Anyone tried the 'radio telescope array' approach to shallow depth-of-field?
Jan 30, 2013

Today I tried out an approach for achieving shallow depth-of-field regardless of the lens (or aperture) used.  What I did was take a series of photos in the same direction but shifting the camera side to side and up and down.  I aligned the photos on the subject in post and averaged them.

Here's the result with 9 exposures:



I'd count this as a moderate success as a proof-of-concept, but I think it needs many more exposures in order to look decent.  Calling the result bokeh would be a travesty.  Given the time and equipment to pull it off, I think it could be powerful for, for instance, architecture or cityscape shots.  There's no limit to the effective size of the aperture.

Has anyone tried this approach?  Do you know of any examples of work that use this technique?

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