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Nov 16, 2013 11:58 |  #1

Hi guys,

I went out this morning for only the second time the 10 stopper, hoping to get some decent skies, but sadly it was just overcast and not much wind to move them along!

I'm lucky to have this reservoir on my doorstep, but the level is a bit low so there arn't many things to add interest in a long exposure, water blur shot - so I had to improvise - the thought of using a guitar as a prop came to me last night as I was stuggling to sleep...

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Floating guitar, (Ten Stop Filter, Long Exposure, 30 secs.) (external link) by Rabc3 (external link), on Flickr

Shot in RAW and edited in Lightroom only, (I don't have Photoshop) successfully removing the guitar stand was a learning curve for me, but learn I did and worked out the best, (for me) way in the end! I tried three rather different edits as experimentation, the one above and the two below:

B&W...

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Floating guitar, Black & White (Ten Stop Filter, Long Exposure, 30 secs.) (external link) by Rabc3 (external link), on Flickr

More natural look, (as natural as a looking guitar can be!)...

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Floating guitar, (Ten Stop Filter, Long Exposure, 60 secs.) (external link) by Rabc3 (external link), on Flickr

What could I have done better do you think? It'd be good to hear which one you prefer and why?

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Nov 16, 2013 12:03 |  #2

Pretty cool shot. I like the blue one. It has just the right amount of surreality for my eye. I'm a little bothered by the horizon bisecting the neck. But there's no getting around it.

Please tell me that you didn't actually put a musical instrument in the water. It's one of my things. I've never bought an album from a group that was known to destroy their instruments. There's always some poor kid somewhere who would sell his/her soul for that instrument.


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Nov 16, 2013 12:10 |  #3

Thanks Joe! Trust me, it was sat well out of the water on a stand that I removed using the spot tool in LR! It did get splashed by my Springer Spaniel flying past a couple of times, but I dried it off well, no guitars were harmed in the making of this shot!

I could try shooting down from higher and try and keep all the neck below the horizon, there are steps up behind where I shot from - can't quite picture the result in my head, but easy enough to try - as long as I ignore the strange looks I was getting from all the locals walking thier dogs!

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Nov 16, 2013 21:33 |  #4

brilliant idea, well executed..
yes, the horizon is a bit off-putting but I think it's only a real problem in the B&W version, the color contrast in the other versions make it much less of an issue...
First shot is my favorite :)


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Nov 17, 2013 16:38 |  #5

Thanks Tmz... The photo has gone mental, (relativly for my usual view numbers!) on Flickr - never had a runner like this before, must be doing something right?!

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Nov 17, 2013 20:43 |  #6

very cool shot,love the reflection


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Nov 18, 2013 10:29 |  #7

I like it. Especially the blue toned one. I think this is definitely something that would sell as the cover of an album for sure!




  
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Nov 18, 2013 10:45 |  #8

I like it a lot. The blue one definitely should be a CD cover.

Nice work.


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Nov 18, 2013 15:23 |  #9

Thanks guys, great to hear your comments! I really enjoyed the process of taking and editing these...

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Nov 18, 2013 21:44 |  #10

I have to agree with the crowd. The blue is the strongest. I do like the last one too, but there is something interesting about the square crop.




  
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Nov 19, 2013 14:19 |  #11

Great idea! I like the blue one the most - the square crop makes it look like an album cover, which is what I initially assumed it was meant to be. The only crit I really have is that it may be worth Photoshopping out the bushes and stuff on the horizon near the guitar's neck.


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Nov 19, 2013 14:33 |  #12

Thanks Lisa - I love a square crop and am in danger of over using it at the moment!

Cheers Leigh - I didn't think of album cover whe I was editing, just happy to get a useable shot tbh! But now you mention it... :)

As always, appreciate your comments all.

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Nov 20, 2013 10:16 |  #13

I really like your idea and the way you edited just using Lightroom. The blue one is really good and the BW as well the only thing I would suggest is perhaps softening the background a bit more and perhaps lowering the exposure just a bit using the radial filter to make the guitar the focal point. (just my opinion) otherwise they all cd covers for sure!




  
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Nov 20, 2013 10:42 |  #14

bpalermini wrote in post #16460874 (external link)
I like it a lot. The blue one definitely should be a CD cover.

Nice work.

This. Great cover art. Well done.


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Nov 20, 2013 17:24 as a reply to  @ M_Six's post |  #15

Very original shot. I could see Gibson guitars hiring you for an advertisement shoot.




  
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