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Dec 11, 2011 18:07 |  #1

My son is into BMX racing and I wanted to capture some nice images of him in his uniform. Something a bit more "formal" than the typical on-the-track stuff. The second one is supposed to be his "intense" look. :) Please CC as I continue to work on my lighting. Thank you.

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Dec 11, 2011 21:58 |  #2

They seem a bit soft. I looked at your exif. I would've used a narrower aperture to make sure both him and the bike was in focus.


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Dec 11, 2011 22:08 |  #3

The black from the background is matching up perfectly with the black from the bike...there should be some more lighting to seperate them.


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Dec 12, 2011 09:02 as a reply to  @ Joe.Recon's post |  #4

Good points, thank you. Unfortunately I was using a continuous lighting system that is rather weak so shot at ISO 400, 3.2, 1/40. Didn't really want to crank ISO up higher so DOF had to suffer. The main subject is my son anyway.

Joe.Recon, I understand the lack of light on the bike, best I could do with what I had ;)

Thanks again. Any other thoughts are welcome.


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Dec 13, 2011 22:09 |  #5

Mtn4Mike wrote in post #13531602 (external link)
Joe.Recon, I understand the lack of light on the bike, best I could do with what I had ;)

You could have had something white, like a wall or flat, to the left to reflect highlights into the bike. Probably there was enough light coming from the right to get those highlights.


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Dec 14, 2011 08:49 |  #6

PhotosGuy wrote in post #13541581 (external link)
You could have had something white, like a wall or flat, to the left to reflect highlights into the bike. Probably there was enough light coming from the right to get those highlights.

Actually my light on the left was positioned low to try and get more light on the bike. You can see position from the catch light in his eye on the second photo. I also put foil behind the bulb to throw as much forward as possible. Just wasn't enough. :( I think if he rode a non-black bike this would have been fine. Round bike frame tubes don't "catch" much light. :)

I appreciate your thoughts though!


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Dec 14, 2011 10:44 |  #7

Mtn4Mike wrote in post #13543201 (external link)
Actually my light on the left was positioned low to try and get more light on the bike.

You don't need more direct light on the bike. What I suggested was to put the light on something else that would give you some highlight reflections in the frame.
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Dec 14, 2011 17:01 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #8

I see now. Excellent example, I appreciate you digging it up. I might try this again soon so food for thought. Thank you!


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