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Old Oct 22, 2010, 9:53 PM   #11
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That last one with the overlay is cool, I like the processing. Maybe some day I'll try something like that, it came out very well. But my favorite is the second grass picture, can't tell you why but I really like it.
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Old Oct 23, 2010, 6:17 PM   #12
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That last one with the overlay is cool, I like the processing. Maybe some day I'll try something like that, it came out very well. But my favorite is the second grass picture, can't tell you why but I really like it.
I agree that is very well done.
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Old Oct 23, 2010, 9:48 PM   #13
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Thank you again for the encouragement.
That 2nd weeds/sunset pic was for me the "summer's ending; it will soon be fall" shot.
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 8:05 PM   #14
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LOL, it kind of threw me for a minuet when I saw two balls! then I realized what you did.
I like the grass shots too.
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Old Oct 25, 2010, 6:20 AM   #15
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"Summer's ending..." photo is beautifully done - color, composition & mood.
Very nice job with the last soccer overlay photo too!
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Old Oct 27, 2010, 5:15 PM   #16
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mgvh, how did you do that superimposed photo? I assume you were shooting with the fast capture setting and on a tripod. But what software did you use?
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Old Oct 27, 2010, 10:43 PM   #17
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Wonderful super-imposed shot. That came out brilliantly.

Love the 2nd grass silhouette however I'd trim a lot more off the bottom as (for me) there is too much shadow underneath & it seems to dominate the gorgeous grass shot above it.
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Old Oct 27, 2010, 10:52 PM   #18
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I was using the 'sports mode' which allows fast capture, so those are 4 sequential shots. I set up the shot so that I did not move the camera through the sequence. Ie, all 4 shots are framed the same. I was just using a monopod. I suspect if I had used a tripod, it would have been a bit more consistent.
I am using an old Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 for my picture touchup.
I used the first shot as the base picture.
For the next 3 shots, I first cropped them down to just get my daughter. I then added each one in as a layer and lined them up using the lines on the ground. The last frame is the topmost layer.
As I added each layer, I erased out the backgrounds around my daughter. (Except in the last one, I did include the soccer ball.)
If I wanted to take more time, I could have made it a bit more seamless. You can see some streaks in the grass where I erased and the bottom layer was a slightly different color.
I suppose the whole thing took me about 30 minutes to do...
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thanks for the info!
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Old Oct 27, 2010, 11:13 PM   #20
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@Frogfish: Thanks! I agree about too much dark at the bottom of the grass shot... It gave a little 'weight' to the bottom, I thought, but the main reason I didn't crop it is because I wasn't quite sure what to do about the dimensions. Ie, the dimensions now are the orginal ones. I'm not confident about turning a rectangular picture into more of a square one, but I suppose that's what needs to be done.
BTW, I especially enjoyed your collections of macro shots on your smugmug site!
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