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Old Jan 13, 2006, 5:26 PM   #1
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I like this shot.


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Old Jan 19, 2006, 2:43 PM   #2
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seems like you went a bit overboard on the noise-reduction? as it looks a little plasticy to me..

but the timing was great.. i think you could have left it grainy and went black and white on this one possibly..
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 4:40 PM   #3
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I agree its pretty lame looking with the full noise reductoin.

Probably better black and white, 'cause the light level at that facility is really, really low.
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Old Jan 21, 2006, 1:54 AM   #4
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I think it looks a little empty w/o another runner and all that background info is distracting.

I see lights that aren't on - I don't think I'd want to shoot in that place.

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Old Jan 21, 2006, 12:13 PM   #5
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Yah, they are saving money, no question.

They only turn all the lights on if they are hosting a national or international event.
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Old Jan 25, 2006, 3:09 AM   #6
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Couldn't do anything about the plastic look but I tried other things to de-emphasis the background and make the subject 'pop' a bit. Hope I didn't over do it.

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Old Jan 25, 2006, 8:40 AM   #7
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Nice job Africa, what technique did you use?
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Old Jan 26, 2006, 2:38 AM   #8
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Program - Photohsop 7

First thing I did was to "lasso" the runner using the magnetic lasso then cleaning the edges of that capture with the regular lasso. I enlarge images between 100-200% to make sure I've carefully followed the edges.

Select > Inverse - I'm now working on everything but the runner.

Applied a Gaussian blur of 1.0.

Blurring the background of course makes the main subject 'pop' out, this helps draw the eye to the main subject, the runner. Although this has the appearance of less Depth of Field it has a side effect that is not realistic looking - the track itself becomes blurry. So the runners foot is sharp but not the track he's running on!?!?

Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation then desaturate -40.

I did this because the red uniforms were very distracting to me and the lack of color again helps the eye separate the runner from the background. Sometimes I do this as an artistic expression by makeing the background B&W - sometimes it looks cool and creative, but other times it fails.

Sometimes I will go to levels and darken the background a little but I didn't use that tool in this case.

Select > Inverse. Now I'm working on the runner.
I think, but I'm not positive, that I did some sharpening I feel was lost with the over application of the nosie reduction.

Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask.
Amount 50, Radius 1.0, Threshold 1, OR
Amount 100, Radius .5, Threshold 1.

Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation then Saturate +10.
To add a little color to the runner.

And last, but not least, cropping.
I always crop in a 35mm format, a 2x3 ratio, in case I ever want to make a print. My lab can print "full frame", 4x6, 8x12, 12x18. The only problem is 5x7, but the loss is minimal.

I will crop for the best impact (reguardless of shape) for publication, online presentation and of course, portfolio.

In the case of this pic I wanted to eliminate the scoreboard and some extra space (IMHO). Cropping on a shot like this can be tricky, if you crop too much you lose the sence of place, crop too little and you're distracting from the main subject.

So dats it!

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If I had one overall criticism of your photos it would be the over application of noise reduction and some cropping/composition issues. Oooops, I went over my limit, that was two criticisms (sp?).
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This took me 11 minutes and included a very slight dodge of the eyes in addition to all that other stuff.

I don't particularly like the effect with this pic.

On your next post give me an completely unedited image.

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Old Jan 26, 2006, 5:25 PM   #10
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Sounds good!
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