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Mar 14, 2008 16:27 |  #376

b.d.bop wrote in post #5114186 (external link)
180mm3.5L Macro / 5D
Three exposures 1 stop apart, HDR merge & tonemapping and a few nudges with Ps CS3.

C+C please.

Thats one of the best shots I've seen in this thread so far. Simply amazing. Care to share your technique for shooting this? How'd you shoot the reflection without you in it? And what is that "crystal ball"? Is the 'stump' its sitting on fake?


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Mar 14, 2008 17:34 |  #377

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Thats one of the best shots I've seen in this thread so far. Simply amazing. Care to share your technique for shooting this? How'd you shoot the reflection without you in it? And what is that "crystal ball"? Is the 'stump' its sitting on fake?

First, thanks [AP]Red!!

fire34fighter, Here's the deal. The gazing ball is perched on its small ceramic base which sits on a bed of mulch, which in turn ends at a retaining wall where there is a five foot drop-off (there is a row of short bushes there).
The camera (on its tripod) and I are positioned right at that retaining wall, at or below the level of the ceramic base.
Because of the convexity of the ball we appear miniscule.
To the left of the tree there is a short bush and just to the left of that is the camera and my grey-haired head!


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As to technique - nothing extraordinary. I set up the shot so that I could see the reflection of the house on the right with the exfoliated tree's branches in between the white clouds against the blue part of the sky and the whole scene within the mirrored ball draped on its periphery with the taller trees. Leveled everything and went for focus. I ducked down a bit next to one of the short bushes you see there.

I shot at -1, 0 and +1 and merged then tonemapped in HDR (Photomatix). Then took it into Ps CS3 and desaturated everything except the ball and its base.

And there you have it!

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Mar 15, 2008 01:14 |  #378

SUPER shot. Wow!


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Mar 15, 2008 03:01 as a reply to  @ debaire's post |  #379

Down at the river today ... past the signs that say keep out ... manipulated with Photomatix ... shot with 40D, 24-70f2.8L ... at 2.8 and 2 stops up and 2 stops down ... pity it was so overcast (AND raining)


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Mar 15, 2008 09:37 as a reply to  @ philmony's post |  #380

2 more, same place, same time


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Mar 15, 2008 10:16 |  #381

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2 more, same place, same time

All four are really nice. #3's my favorite. I'd prolly subdue the green moss on the angled plank a tad in that one.


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Mar 15, 2008 12:34 |  #382

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All four are really nice. #3's my favorite. I'd prolly subdue the green moss on the angled plank a tad in that one.

point taken (agreed)... how about BW on that one ... would it work??


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Mar 15, 2008 14:13 |  #383

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point taken (agreed)... how about BW on that one ... would it work??

OK, but how's this for you?

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Mar 15, 2008 14:38 |  #384

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I may have leaned a bit too heavy on the edge sharpening tool...

looks good to me :)


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Mar 15, 2008 17:46 as a reply to  @ philmony's post |  #385

Here's an HDR I shot this afternoon.

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...and another...

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Mar 16, 2008 14:40 as a reply to  @ squashed's post |  #389

Oh, yes! Both are magnificent, squashed!
I think I prefer the first because of the foreground interest and the more ominous sky, but both are slayers. Fantastic job.


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Mar 17, 2008 14:10 as a reply to  @ b.d.bop's post |  #390

Awesome shots there Squashed :D


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