You should have maybe ran a sponge over it aswell. Ok I'll start the bidding:
Marco mode with s elective focus. Of course the subject could have been a little cleaner.
I've retouched the image in Photoshop using a 10px Gaussian blur with soft light (layered 40%). Also added a black/white border.
I've only got a rubbish camera but I'll get the missus to get her box brownie out tonight ....[:$]It wasn't JD, Mr smart alec. It was Voddie - white liquid only to prevent dehydration. Do you not know anything about hot places and drinking- LOL Come on then David Bailey, where's your then. (People who just visit posts to mock - got now time for it myself[^o)])
The reason the horizon is squint as well is the missus was standing bursting for a p*ss. I'm giving it the 'stop jumping about and take the picture - it's f*ing hot here!'. She's straight back 'There's no f*ing bushes to use!'. Click. Hence sloping world. Got to love them though, always need in the middle of nowhere - literally.I don't think that swigging JD in the middle of the desert is a very clever idea !
Ohhhhhhh - that's it. Out. LOL. Always one - PMSL. I'm gonna have to use that joke sometime!I've only got a rubbish camera but I'll get the missus to get her box brownie out tonight ....[:$]
Sorry should have expanded on the above!Tabs, i'm on about dof etc then just notice you mentioned blur etc - doh! Were you meaning the blur for the wheel?
I personally don't use any software, just don't like to but that's me. Almost feel like i'm cheating (too strong a word) although i know pro's using film and slide can enhance etc. a whole different debate
All of mine are taken on a 2MP Canon A60. Maybe post the camera/lens/even exposure etc you use if you are posting.
I need a tripod as well! Even one of those portable, little fold away jobs. Need a a better camera first though. It's OK and quite good for a 2mp - i mention DSLR to wife and she suddenly goes deaf. I heard good things about that S50 though - hmmmm.It was shot with close macro mode which blurred the distant object. Don't worry no cheating with my camera 
The Gaussian blur layer was added to the whole image afterwards and then soft light used on the same layer. This is what brings the colours but also gives the soft appearance.
My camera is a Canon Powershot S50.
The images were taken with a tripod for stability.
I'm planning on getting down the waterfront on the Mersey as there are some great shots at night of the wirral bank and Liverpool bay. I'll be using a long exposure on those images to get the most details. Will post these up when they've been done.