Surreal montage is the most complex of the 3 montages that I do. It consists of combining an in-focus photo with an out-of-focus photo of the exact scene. The original way to get these two images was by using a tripod and a zoom lens in the 75-300 range. The first shot is very sharp (F16 for example), the second shot is taken without moving the tripod and with the aperture set wide open. The lens is then zoomed until the object is blurred but not undistinguishable. The two images are then combined in Photo shop.
However, there is a Photo shop alternative: Instead of doing the work in-camera you can use Photo shop to duplicate the photo and then use the Gaussian Blur to obtain your blurred photo. This alternative method of doing surreal montages is from a book by Andre Gallant called Dreamscapes.
ALL OF MY IMAGES WERE DONE WITH THE IN-CAMERA METHOD. I DON’T LIKE THE RESULTS OF USING THE ALTERNATE METHOD. I THINK THE FINAL IMAGE LOOKS TOO BLURRY.