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These guys were doing stunts today on the Clyde (although nothing on earth would induce me to dunk myself in there quite as often as they were, actually at all!)

This was my second ever attempt at action shots, and the first where motors were involved. I think I still need to work on my timing!

Anyway, the water at the bottom seems to have blown out, so a couple of questions:

1. Why would it do that, and how can I avoid it in the future?

2. Can I fix it, if so how?

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:28-135mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Wheee
Username:rowarrior rowarrior
Uploaded:19 Jul 2008 - 10:09 PM
Tags:Glasgow, Jetski, Riverfest, Sports / action, Stunt
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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England53 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2008 - 10:29 PM

Hi Katy

Excellent capture. Did a mod to darken the water as follows

Created new overlay layer clicking the 50% gray box.

Set FG colour to black.

Select brush tool to about 115 in size and opacity 33%.

Paint over light area of water.

Go to LAYERS/FLATTEN IMAGE

Hope this is of help

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Cj-Photography
19 Jul 2008 - 10:52 PM

Excellent capture. I think you need some sort of filter on the lens, as it looks like glare from the sun hitting the water. Sorry I wouldn't know which sort you would need, but would bet that it would help.

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rowarrior
rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2008 - 10:55 PM

Thanks to both of the mods, especially the one that got ris of the pink bit, will try that on the full image (and the green)

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harlequin62
19 Jul 2008 - 10:55 PM

Hi
If by 'blown out' you mean the pink area at the bottom I've a feeling that its a natural refraction of light in violet wavelenths. You'll notice that there are also some green patches in the top right quadrant.

Gone into Replace Color, zoomed into pixel level to select the tones of pinks & violets to remove and replace with greyscale, but still leaving just a few of the lighter shades there. Did the same with the green at the top right. This is just quick fix for this file but would take some time on the full size image.

Hope thats of some use.

Last Modified By harlequin62 at 19 Jul 2008 - 10:59 PM

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bangalicious
19 Jul 2008 - 11:02 PM

Great action shot Katie. Bloody hard things to capture im sure!

Anil.

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Artful_Dodger
Artful_Dodger e2 Member 10Artful_Dodger vcard Hong Kong3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2008 - 11:03 PM

Try Doing this, Process the raw file twice, once as you would normally and then the second time reduce the exposure so the picture is dark to bring back detail in the water. With the two files open in Photoshop (or whatever program you use) drag the darker exposure on top of the light (in photoshop hold shift as you drag to line up the shots) then with the eraser tool set to about 50% opacity start erasing the darker shot to reveal the light one below, just keeping erasing until you are happy with the effect (don't erase the blown highlights though). In the full version of photoshop I use a layers mask on the darker shot and then use a black brush at reduced opacity to block out the details I don't want from the darker shot (instead of the eraser tool).

This technique works well with bland skys as well.

By the way I think your timing is pretty good.

Andrew

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crazycucumber
19 Jul 2008 - 11:11 PM

spot on timing on this shot i reckon , kind of mind blowing as it looks so the wrong way up ! I guess try to get the shutter speed as high as possible to avoid , but loads of good advice above that i will be trying too.

Last Modified By crazycucumber at 19 Jul 2008 - 11:12 PM

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rowarrior
rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2008 - 12:11 AM

Thanks guys, still working on my photoshop skills!

As far as the timing goes, let's put it this way, I have about 3 shots out of maybe 150 that are usable, but maybe that's normal for action shots, thanks for the compliments on hitting this one though!

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IFIMAGE  6143 forum posts Wales
20 Jul 2008 - 12:25 AM

Great shot
Ian

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madbob
madbob  8 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2008 - 7:33 AM

ace action shot

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2008 - 8:19 AM

A brilliant action shot.
Dave

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crazycucumber
20 Jul 2008 - 12:44 PM


Quote: , I have about 3 shots out of maybe 150 that are usable, but maybe that's normal for action shots

Don't know what normal is , but thats about the same as my ratio !

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marc484ie
marc484ie  731 forum posts Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2008 - 10:08 PM

Wow great capture.

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fauxtography
28 Sep 2008 - 9:48 PM

Timing? Pah, I think this is ace... just as it is so bizarre it really works. Blown highlights? hmm not so much... it looks a tad underexposed actually... in events like this you have to ride your luck sometimes and live with the wide exposure variances.

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