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Yesterday I had my first day as a pro tog !!!! And very probably the last too. Wink

I went to the local airfield to practice getting aircraft tack sharp and props blurred, as I'd made a dogs breakfast of it about a month ago; and there's a trade event coming up that I want to attend and photograph. The guy filming from the open door of the helicopter had a team of videographers with him, preparing for another event, and he asked me to take some still shots of him filming.
The pressure was on to get it right. This is the shot I took of him. He gave me 20 for a beer.
[I don't know what sort of beer he drinks, but I've got a lot of change in my pocket]

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony A200
Lens:75-300 AF-D
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 Jun 2011 - 1:58 PM
Focal Length:160mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/18.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Reporter Chopper
Username:strokebloke strokebloke
Uploaded:10 Jun 2011 - 8:52 PM
Tags:General, Helicopter, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Sports / action, Transport
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Jestertheclown
10 Jun 2011 - 8:56 PM

Good for you Jack!

I reckon he got his money's worth.

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strokebloke
10 Jun 2011 - 9:22 PM

Thank you Bren: and I'm still sober too Smile

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Grampy
Grampy  5507 forum posts England71 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2011 - 9:40 PM

Looks good to me Jack, don't forget to tell the taxman.
Phill

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strokebloke
10 Jun 2011 - 9:43 PM

What's a taxman Phill ??????????????????????????????????????????????

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strokebloke
11 Jun 2011 - 1:33 PM

Thanks Frank.
I've heard the expression before, but never understood what it meant GrinGrinGrinGrin

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11 Jun 2011 - 5:29 PM

Oh, well done, Jack. It's always good to get paid for your work, even if it's just beer money. You had a fairly good sky there, and I really like the colour of the chopper against it.
Pamela.

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strokebloke
11 Jun 2011 - 7:47 PM

Everything appears to have come right with this one Pamela [what an enormous relief]
And I may get more work out of it from the same videographer: and also possibly the acrobatics team based at the airfield as, apparently, they are looking for a photographer to replace their regular tog who has just retired. But that may mean a lot of traveling up and down the country to complete the work for either of them. (shows & demonstrations etc) It's speculative whether I'll be up to it; photographically, or otherwise. Wink

I am considering whether to change my Photographic Status in my Pf from Enthusiast to Professional GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
That would cause some merriment around the ePz site Smile

Thank you for your comments - I'll mark this one 'successful'

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Jestertheclown
11 Jun 2011 - 7:49 PM


Quote: I'll mark this one 'successful'

. . . I would!

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Timba_Limber
13 Jun 2011 - 1:29 PM

Congratulations on your first paid "shoot" It's a great composition, I just thought I'd uplaod a mod.
I used very slight enhancement in Topaz Adjust and a very small nudge of the lower end of the RGB curve.
I hope you like the idea.

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strokebloke
13 Jun 2011 - 4:36 PM

Hello Mark. Thanks for the Mod.

Lightened the trees and hedgerow; deepened the sky & without losing significant depth on the chopper.
Well done. I do like it. Thanks


Quote: .............. Topaz Adjust and a very small nudge of the lower end of the RGB curve

This, I'm afraid I have no understanding of. I can only presume it's not PS.
Thought I suspect that if it's not, it would still be possible in PS

Much appreciated.
Jack

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Jestertheclown
13 Jun 2011 - 5:34 PM

Hi Jack,

I was going to leave this alone but in the end I just had to have a go!
I increased mid tone in levels just a tiny amount, then tweaked it slightly using the shadows/highlights tool to brighten up the bushes slightly and inject a little blue into the sky.
I've also cropped the bottom (and RHS by the same random amount) to get rid of the fence and the hedge.
I don't think it's an improvement, apart perhaps, from the crop. It's more an alternative.
All done in CS5.
Hope it's OK.

Bren.

Edit; I don't know quite what "Topaz Adjust" is either but Frank swears by it and applies it to a lot of things so I'm assuming it's an editing device of some sort.
You know how to use "curves?"

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 13 Jun 2011 - 5:36 PM

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strokebloke
13 Jun 2011 - 10:26 PM

First Catherine, then Pamela and now you Bren
Quote: .... I just had to have a go

Anyone else who wants to 'have-a-go' at my pics, please form an orderly queue on the left GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin WinkWink

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Jestertheclown
13 Jun 2011 - 10:30 PM

. . . you obviously haven't looked at your "Border plants" recently.

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Timba_Limber
17 Jun 2011 - 7:34 PM

Hi Jack

>Quote: .............. Topaz Adjust and a very small nudge of the lower end of the RGB curve

>This, I'm afraid I have no understanding of. I can only presume it's not PS.
>Thought I suspect that if it's not, it would still be possible in PS

Sorry I've been away from the computer for a few days because of a bad back.

I'm glad you liked my mod.
Topaz Adjust is a plug-in for Photoshop. I think it works by pushing many controls within photoshop with one slider.
Theoretically you could get the same effects from photoshop, but not as quickly.
Correct me if I'm wrong people.

The Rgb curve is adjustable in PS.


I see Bren achieved similar if not better results just with Photoshop.

All the best
Mark

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