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spy Feb 28, 2008 6:12 PM

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I got to try my hand at shooting snowboarding for the first time. Staring into the sun made this shot very difficult but I think it turned out alright.

This weekend I'll be shooting the Provincial Bobsleigh event at the Olympic Park in Calgary. Should be a blast!!

jschoenr Feb 28, 2008 6:22 PM

Really nice timing and exposure seems to be right on to me. The only suggestion I'd make is maybe a tighter crop and change to portrait orientation. Like this:

spy Feb 29, 2008 12:13 AM

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Hey, thanks for the suggestion. Here is photo #2.

frenchy Feb 29, 2008 2:12 AM

I like these both. Tell me - what post processing did you do to get the surreal sky in the background of #2?

RadioControlGuy Feb 29, 2008 2:33 AM

yeah these are some hot pics!

what post processing (if any) did you do?

musket Feb 29, 2008 3:24 AM

Terrific shots,I can see by your Ixef your using a cathode ray tube display

certanly has made a difference in PP.....................:cool:..............musket.

Mark1616 Feb 29, 2008 8:39 AM

Hey Kevin, #2 simply rocks, that is a great shot and I would get it to the magazines (if the rider is known)!!!

Great work and please share the PP.


JohnG Feb 29, 2008 10:05 AM

Yep - photo 2 is the one. Shot 1 would be great if the backround were more interesting (mountain range, trees, blue sky etc). So I like the style just not the particular background. But 2nd shot is cool. Nicely done!

spy Mar 1, 2008 12:15 PM

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Thanks for the comments. I figured this type of shot was going to raise some curiosity. Tipically, shooting a shot like this where you have tons of highlights leaves anything darker blacked out like a silhouette so the only thing I was thinking during the shots was "don't blow the highlights" and set my exposure to the left of centre.

I came across a program that takes 3 exposure images, merges them in such a way that it uses the blown highlights image, the normally exposed image and the underexposed image to create the photo I posted. Better known as "hdr" imagery or "high dynamic range". Goggle it and there's lots of reading on it.

I was quite shocked to say the least that the entire image turns out perfect in extreme conditions.

Here is the original image hdr worked from.

spy Mar 1, 2008 12:16 PM

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One more for the road.....

Mark1616 Mar 1, 2008 12:19 PM

Kevin, like the new one too.

What did you use as the other two photos, or are you saying you somehow tweaked the photo using this software with just one shot?

spy Mar 1, 2008 12:32 PM

I created two other different exposed shots from the original image. +2stops and -2stops and merged the three together creating an hdr 32bit image.

There is some 'dodging and burning' to finish the image off.

RadioControlGuy Mar 2, 2008 1:20 AM

what program are you using...I tried googling it, but I am not sure of the program, thanks :)

spy Mar 3, 2008 9:51 PM

Radio control guy, this link will help you understand this type of imagery.

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