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Dec 05, 2014 19:45 |  #3391

Ive given up on Automotive stuff for the past few months to really work on my portraiture. Dusted off the ol' rig-pro thats been sitting in the garage for the past year to do some work for the County boys. My 1st try at strobing then compositing into a rolling shot. Learned a bunch of things so it was a learning experience.

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Dec 05, 2014 22:08 as a reply to  @ JoeyBaccala's post |  #3392
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Dec 05, 2014 22:45 as a reply to  @ 96whiteknight's post |  #3393

Thank you very kindly sir;)


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Dec 06, 2014 09:04 |  #3394

That looks pretty good. Thanks for the background work shots. I hope that they'll help someone else out.


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Dec 06, 2014 13:24 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #3395

Always looking to help;)


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Dec 06, 2014 20:22 |  #3396

Well done.


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Dec 07, 2014 00:29 as a reply to  @ oscarl62's post |  #3397

Thank you;)


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Dec 08, 2014 06:31 |  #3398

I am slowly working on my automotive photography skills and yesterday's attempt at lighting a car was aimed at balancing ambient (back lit) light with the strobes to create as natural effect as possible. I stole my wife's car and set off early to go down to the cliffs so that I could capture the sunrise. A nice fall of rain had added some sparkle to the car and would hide any dirt;-)a

The 'dog walkers' car park was virtually empty so I was able to park very badly and commandeer a large portion of it to get the angle I wanted. The 'Photographers Ephemeris' app told me exactly when and where the sun would appear.

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I was using 3 Godox RS600Ps. There was one mounted on a light stand, at eye level to the rear of the car just off the left hand side of the picture. The two taller ones were fitted with standard reflectors and the ground level one fitted with an ungrided snoot. The power levels were varied as the sun slowly appeared from 1/16 to full power.

Unfortunately in my sleep deprived haze I forgot to take the radio trigger and so had the use the strobes in slave mode triggering them with the pop up flash on the camera. This was less than desirable and soon stopped working altogether as the sun grew in intensity:oops:.
Note to self; write a bl**dy list next time.:rolleyes:

However I was fairly happy with the end result. The file was tweaked in LR5 with a bit of selective cloning to remove a couple of hot spots. The clarity, shadows, contrast and overall exposure were boosted slightly and I used a local adjustment brush to bring out the lights and badge. In addition I 'warmed up' the strobe lighting to match the sun temp. It was then imported into Photoshop CC where I cloned out the lampposts.

Your comments and critique are welcome. These are very early days and I still have a lot of practicing to do, especially with my cloning skills.


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Dec 11, 2014 20:36 as a reply to  @ ralphhardwick's post |  #3399

^Nice!

My eye is immediately drawn away from the car to the very sharp sunset, perhaps tone it down a tad and soften it so it blends in to the background a bit more. Logically the car and the sunset both shouldn't be perfectly in focus after all! :)


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Dec 12, 2014 08:03 as a reply to  @ 98kellrs's post |  #3400

Good point, thanks for the comment.


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Dec 21, 2014 15:38 |  #3401

Hi,

I spent countless hours on this thread and just loved what you all did !
I did a first try this afternoon using a friend car and it wasn't as easy as I taught !

The shooting was during the day and the big issue that I found was the unwanted reflects on the car, I really need to get a polarizing filter to get rid of some of them.


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Setup was : softbox with flash in it on front, flash with gel on the back and a flash between left wall and the car (hidden in the pic).

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Dec 22, 2014 11:39 as a reply to  @ Remi.J's post |  #3402

Is Esch sur Alzette?




  
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Dec 22, 2014 12:32 as a reply to  @ carbon928's post |  #3403

Yes it is :)

Unfortunately now it's hard to get access to some really nice spots... Each time I go there a new building is growing up !


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Dec 23, 2014 12:14 |  #3404

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