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Jul 11, 2012 13:10 |  #1

Well it didn't really light his face but that was the look I was going for. No photoshop trickery here, this is really what the muzzle flash of a 45 sig sauer looks like at f4 iso 3200. Unfourtunatly it was no where near bright enough to really light his face so we added a bare 430exii low camera left at 1/128 power. I did some dodging and burning to try and change the apparent direction of the light source and then did a split tone to give the highlights a slight orange cast and the shadows a slight blue one.

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Jul 11, 2012 13:30 |  #2

That's pretty cool, Dustin.


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Jul 11, 2012 13:37 |  #3

Awesome, I wanna try now!!


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Jul 11, 2012 15:03 |  #4

Awesome shot. I might have tried to move the flash up a bit; as it stands, the shadows are a bit off of what the muzzle height would have you believe. I also would probably have had the flash in a position to sidelight a bit more, but I think I would have been wrong on that one, lol.

Good thinking on the split toning, too!


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Jul 11, 2012 15:35 |  #5

I agree the flash position was a bit off for the direction I took it. In hindsight, I would of also put a cool separation light behind him camera right and also not brought in so much ambient. Maybe 15 sec or even a stop lower. I dropped it way down during my conversion but you can still see some ambient pollution on his shirt. Thanks for the comments...


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Jul 11, 2012 20:45 |  #6

The "avg person" would never know you used a flash. Very nice technique! Good imagination. I like the colors.


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Jul 11, 2012 20:47 |  #7

Photos and sigs go great together. Awesome idea.


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Jul 11, 2012 21:36 |  #8

wow, i had no idea a gun could do that. looks like it could start a fire.




  
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Jul 11, 2012 22:15 |  #9

I'd like to see it from the other side of the pistol so you can really see the hot gas coming out of the breech. Cool shot! I agree a little back light on him for separation would help, as would a reddish gel on the flash.


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Jul 12, 2012 08:07 |  #10
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great shot. I hope he didn't hit anything lol


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Jul 12, 2012 08:10 |  #11

Great idea and neat shot. Maybe try gelling your flash to the same temp as the muzzle flash to get a more realistic reflection in the subject's face.

And yes, you can start a fire with muzzle flash as many people have found out shooting revolvers through a jacket pocket!


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Jul 13, 2012 11:27 |  #12

nes_matt wrote in post #14704665 (external link)
I'd like to see it from the other side of the pistol so you can really see the hot gas coming out of the breech.

Great idea!


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Jul 14, 2012 05:20 as a reply to  @ Dustin Mustangs's post |  #13

I'm going to be the salmon here and say that I don't like the shot. Mainly because you have someone discharging a weapon without knowing exactly what is at the other end. Very poor choice of weapon safety. On it's technical merit, the shot is ok. I would like to see the subjects face back-lit while shooting. I think that would be a pretty cool thing to see and actually might try it myself. BTW, I kept thinking his shirt said, "Grand Lakes University (external link)."


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Jul 14, 2012 15:45 |  #14

OK... I've been around firearms my whole life. This could be in the middle of nowhere or the gun could have been aimed right at a firing range. I don't think the photographer would be stupid and not take safety into consideration. I don't see the need to bust his balls about safety on a cool image. What I find ironic is you go off about safety and then add that you are going to TRY IT??! Help me out here... You say 1. I don't like the image 2. you were unsafe 3. I'M GOING TO TRY IT.




  
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Jul 14, 2012 16:17 |  #15

asysin2leads wrote in post #14714775 (external link)
I'm going to be the salmon here and say that I don't like the shot. Mainly because you have someone discharging a weapon without knowing exactly what is at the other end. Very poor choice of weapon safety.

I second this. I can't get past this aspect to even begin to appreciate or hate the shot. There's nothing wrong with staging weapon shots, just please respect what they are. They're not a stage props.

It could be the safest environment possible that you have set up. I don't know. But the final product does not convey that, and I think that is a shame regardless. Would have liked a 45 degree shot of him looking where he's shooting and holding on with both hands with the same effect.


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