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I am playing around with flare filters in photoshop. Does this lens flare effect look natural?

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1DS Mark III
Lens:EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Aug 2010 - 12:57 AM
Focal Length:25mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Jump!
Username:supercub40 supercub40
Uploaded:12 Apr 2013 - 9:50 AM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Sports / action
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2013 - 10:08 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

quote "I am playing around with flare filters in photoshop. Does this lens flare effect look natural?"

No it does not look natural to me, but I love the effect, good image.
Lots of lovely light and vitality in this picture .
I think a higher shutter speed (higher ISO to compensate) would have been better, unless you wanted the movement which shows in hand/foot.
Photo would be even better if she had leaper higher to give total separation from ground. (or camera lower)
These are my views, hope you get more comments etc,
regards
Ian

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supercub40
12 Apr 2013 - 10:26 AM

Thanks so much good to know, yes I certainly could have gotten a bit lower Wink

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Jestertheclown
12 Apr 2013 - 9:02 PM

I think that Ian's summed it up.

Personally, although I'm not ordinarily in favour of doing so, I'd use the clone tool and remove the shadow on her thigh.

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 12 Apr 2013 - 9:02 PM

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pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2013 - 9:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's a great idea, Simon, and a great action shot, the woman is full of exuberance, almost paying homage to the sunshine. I like the tilt, too, it adds to the fun of the image.
There is some movement evident, but that's not always a bad thing, although a faster shutter speed might have avoided it.
In thumbnail, I thought this looked great, but when looking more closely, the flare doesn't correspond to the girl's bright suit. If the sun were behind her, the light would not be on her front. Also, her suit is quite overexposed and would benefit from being toned down a bit.
It might just be me, but I am having difficulty with the fact that the girl's right foot is missing or hidden.
I think the flare could work if you had the light and shadows right and corresponding on the girl, and it's quite a natural flare you have used here. Alternatively, keep the image without the flare and crop the left side, leaving the room on the right for her to jump into.
It's a fun thing to do, adding flare, and can work well on the right picture.
Pamela.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 2:32 PM

A find strong idea with a lot of impact. The flare looks OK to me weather it looks natural or not. The figure looks a little over exposed and a slightly lower viewpoint so no ground at all would be even better.

Paul

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supercub40
13 Apr 2013 - 6:36 PM

Thanks so much to everyone for the constructive feedback! Certainly much to take on board for my next shoot, as always room for improvement, photography is a constant learning process of discovery and adventure!

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