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Old Apr 16, 2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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This isn't about serious photography, just some humor for a Friday. It's an accident, not at all what I had been trying to capture but I thought it was just too funny not to share with others. While I've done some post processing to it, I did not use cloning or multiple frames or anything like that to get this picture. The only things I did to it on the computer was to crop a bit, convert to b&w, used levels to compensate for the way I did the conversion and curves to increase contrast. Then I used Topaz Lab's Detail for sharpening (and a bit of internal type contrast). The sneaker scene is a single frame and otherwise straight out of the camera. It has its faults (it's not the sharpest picture I've ever taken). It probably has other faults I haven't even noticed. But does it put a smile on your face, like it did mine?

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Old Apr 16, 2010, 12:36 PM   #2
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this one made me laugh when i first saw it in the other forum.

going black and white gives you the ability to bring it out even more.

first i would increase the contrast a bit. then i would use your dodge/burn tool to burn in the details of the sneaker a bit more, to let it stand out more. i think you could burn around the edges for a darker/vignette look as well as you are going for the "adams family" style.
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 11:38 PM   #3
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I like the idea of a vignette - that's a great idea. Last night I thought the contrast was right, but tonight I agree with you - it could use a bit more. At the time I was taking these pictures I wasn't thinking of a picture like this at all - what do you think about blurring the background a bit? Or maybe I should darken the background bushes a bit, to isolate the sneaker a bit more? The foreground grass and the background bushes are quite a bit lighter than the shoe - your burning idea is probably the way to go to separate it from the background, without making it look too false. I'll have to work on it later - I'm out of town this weekend.
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There's my missing shoe!! Thanks for finding it for me. Great image!!
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Old Apr 17, 2010, 5:53 PM   #5
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Wtf!?
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Old Apr 17, 2010, 11:22 PM   #6
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This is really funny. It could be something out of an old Monty Python skit.
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 1:10 AM   #7
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I'm glad others thought it was as funny as I did.

I thought it could have been the Invisible Man in sneakers but there's only one sneaker that managed to be recorded by the sensor, the other one was moving too fast.

As to how I did it - it was taken with a shutter speed of .6 sec. So the sneaker striking the ground was in one spot long enough to register on the sensor, while the rest of the person walking by on the sidewalk wasn't.
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...FUN, I like it
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Considering it's infrared, I'd have to say somebody was really hotfooting it.

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Old Apr 18, 2010, 10:09 PM   #10
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Yes, this guy was really burning up the pavement. I was using the R72 filter because I didn't have a ND filter and it was too bright to get a long shutter speed.

I've tried darkening the background and bringing out more detail in the sneaker. I think I over-did it, got it too dark (I did a bunch of stuff, was somewhat playing around with some things I only occasionally use).

Let me know if you think this is worse, and if there's something I should do to make it better.

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