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Old Nov 27, 2006, 12:38 AM   #1
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My son, home from college back east for Thanksgiving, at his favorite swimming hole. It was a beautiful 82 degree day in Utopia ...

Any comments or critique would be most welcome! Ria
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Old Nov 27, 2006, 8:45 AM   #2
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Hi Ria!

Wow, what a fantastic shot! You very much caught your son at the right moment. And exposure and composition are great too! What camera and settings were you using?

By the way though, I've got to say that it looks he's doing quite a dangerous jump (unless it's an optical illusion!?) Because I'd say that waterfall ledge / ridge looks slippery... or was he jumping directly into the water (just from my perspective it looks like he is gonna land on that slippery water ledge...)

As I grew up in Australia, there were many "swimming holes" just like this one... a welcome relief to the heat and of course lots of fun as a kid.

Thanks for sharing this photo. (Ps how old is your son, just out of curiousity, it's hard to tell as we can't see the front of his face).

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Old Nov 27, 2006, 10:48 AM   #3
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Thanks, Paul, for your kind comments. I liked the pic, too, but it's very hard for me to be objective when one of my sons are the subject. You are absolutely correct, it is an optical illusion (aided by PS!) I'm not sure whether to be happy that my photoshop skills are getting better, or gulity for fooling you!

My son is 18 - a Yalie on a full merit scholarship. He wanted a picture of him jumping at the dam to show his (frozen) roomies, so mom obliged. He's actually near the bank; and don't worry, he's much too smart to actually jump onto the dam. (I hope!)

This is a heavily cropped version of the original. Shot with at 19 mm. (around 32 equivalent) on a Sony R-1 F8 at 1/1000 at the brightest part of the day - around 11:30 a.m. Lots of contrast and hard light - I used curves/levels to simulate a slightly warmer toner. I also did a B&W version, it's pretty noisy but here it is anyway.

Cheers to all swimming holes, everywhere! Ria
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Old Nov 27, 2006, 4:35 PM   #4
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Hi Ria,

Thanks for your response, and detailing how you took the photo (and what the camera and settings were). You did a good job. And now that I look closer I can see how you cleverly cloned the waterfall ledge / dam thing!

I hope your son liked the photo... he should be proud his mum could make such a neat creation! Best wishes (and hope your sun enjoys his break!)

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Old Nov 27, 2006, 8:03 PM   #5
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Hi, Paul:

Here's the original version before I did the PP. So sorry about not putting in the complete details the first time. I wasn't trying to deceive anyone, but I was in a rush and it seemed so obvious to me that it had been (clumsily) Photoshopped that I really didn't assume anyone would think he had really tried to jump in! (We are in such a bad drought right now that he would have undoubtedly broken his neck if he had tried.)

Thanks again for your comments! Ria
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Old Nov 27, 2006, 10:29 PM   #6
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First off ... good to make photographic acquaintance with your son ... I bet he'll be proud to put that pic on the wall in this college room. Beautiful landscape and action all in one.

Secondly ....

LOL Ria!
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I am a credulous fool ...
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"OK ...I am not familiar with that kind of water-feature, but I was totally unable to spot the magic until the cloning was pointed out ... and even then, I could not have guessed what was cloned out until you showed that last pic.
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Much respect on an illusion which was totally effective on me ... at no point did I realise that your son was only Pretending to jump!
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Seriously,
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Ithink that both the colour and the black and while versions are giving something very valuable
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000".... I had to think about what I just said for a couple of minutes. The colour is a nice family picture [nah .... that's not expressing what I want but is the best I can find at the moment] ...
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"The Black and white .... now that kind of takes on an historic flavour - getting clearer - as if it is a picture about the landscape and things that occured in it.
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"OK .... thanks for bearing with me. The colour pic came across to me as more personal and then B and W came across to me as more geographical.
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"And visually, what I think could be happening is the colour is distinguishing the subject from the environment whereas the the black and while is integrating the subject with the environment - the subject is more part of one overall tonal range.
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"This is new to me. I must thik on this further
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"All the best
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style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Glyn
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Old Nov 27, 2006, 11:22 PM   #7
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OK, Riawatchers, since it looks like the image actually might be taken for a jump in the freezing cold spring-fed Sabinal (at the location my sons always call it the Dam-Dam) I decided to do a better job of cloning out the ledge. Also added a motion blur to the shoes and left arm so it didn't look quite so "perfect." Not sure if it's more convincing now, or not, since I have NO experience with the trick type of PS. Never even thought about doing anything like this before ... feels a bit like "cheating," doesn't it?

Here's a big crop so that the changes will be more evident. Thanks so much for your feedback, guys! Ria


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