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By Paul Morgan
Pretty old now, testing out my new street portrait set up.

A tiny camera, the Fuji X10 and off camera flash, an odd set up, but fun.

Manual mode, shutter speed 1/125, aperture f5.6, flash off camera using a Strobies XS flash Bracket, fl50r, and a full sized beauty dish (the only really large reflector I have)

Another FL50R on the background using a red gel.

(Apologies for the really large water mark)

Tags: Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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User_Removed 14 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2012 6:48PM
Looks like you're on 'Death row' mate.
Very sharp image Paul.
Hope you're well. Wink

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Paul Morgan 15 18.3k 6 England
22 Jan 2012 7:05PM
Sent you a PM Gerry Smile

I`ve just started a new project, got the idea after hearing about international day for the disappeared, so doing loads of street portraits of people with straight faces Smile
miptog 10 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2012 7:14PM
Not quite sure what critique you are looking for, and what look you wanted in the photo, or simply just testing the lights.

Pretty impressive portbale lighting setup, and a good result. Shot is sharp and well exposed. Light seems to tend towards the harsh side, and a few specular highlights. Either bringing the light closer, or perhaps using a sock would likely soften these.
Paul Morgan 15 18.3k 6 England
22 Jan 2012 7:25PM
Cheers thanks, yes the lighting a little strong/harsh here, on the street its not quite so, mixed with natural it simply adds a little fill and although the setup looks a little odd, it works well.

No remark on the water mark, its working then Smile
Paul Morgan 15 18.3k 6 England
22 Jan 2012 7:51PM
Thanks for the mod Mike, love the stronger reds, makes me look more "Knocking Shop Bouncer" than death row inmate Smile

My other reason for putting this up is "hidden water marks" Mikes had a little inside help, all good fun.

So download, find, then destroy the water mark and upload as a mod.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3510 Canada
22 Jan 2012 8:23PM
Very nice shot Paul. Like that mystery copyright, - well done.

For me the skin tone is a tad yellow, so a quick mod. Theres a little thingy over your left ear (camera right, - looked like a hair, but I doubt it!




Regards



Willie
paulbroad 9 116 1056 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2012 8:25PM
This is a strong image and actually looks like a full face prison record image - the watermark gives that effect. Yes, a mug shot. Hope that doesn't offend - I actually find it very well done, but that is what I 'see',

paul
Paul Morgan 15 18.3k 6 England
22 Jan 2012 8:34PM

Quote:looked like a hair, but I doubt it!


Yes its a hair Willie, my clippers are well passed it Smile


Quote:the watermark gives that effect


That`s no water Mark Paul, its part of the t-shirt, you will have to delve a bit deeper to find that, then destroy it if you can, I have a Photoshop action, I put together that reveals all, but I`n not going to make it too easy for you all Smile
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
22 Jan 2012 8:43PM
I've found it and removed it but I wasn't able to replace it with something witty!
Paul Morgan 15 18.3k 6 England
22 Jan 2012 8:50PM
Yes but ruined the image in the process Smile


Quote:but I wasn't able to replace it with something witty!


Still keeping it invisible Smile
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
22 Jan 2012 8:54PM

Quote:Yes but ruined the image in the process Smile

. . . I did do it very quickly and probably using the wrong tool!
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
22 Jan 2012 9:09PM
Very interesting study.
-=\Walter
julesm Plus
12 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2012 9:13PM
Great image, would have got a GEA from me Smile
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
22 Jan 2012 9:36PM
On a serious note Paul (!), although I have no idea how you did this, I have heard of it before and so knew where to look.
I'll assume that it is possible to remove the mark without doing any damage? None of the mods. so far have quite managed it.
Either way, it's more impressive than putting your name in the corner!

Bren.
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
22 Jan 2012 9:54PM

Quote:None of the mods. so far have quite managed it.

I'll take that back.
Having looked long and hard at the original, I can see it bleeding through very slightly and Wilie's mod looks exactly the same.
Eviscera 10 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2012 10:16PM
Ill get my best team on it Paul !


Smile
Paul Morgan 15 18.3k 6 England
23 Jan 2012 1:51AM
@Dave Smile


Quote:Having looked long and hard at the original, I can see it bleeding through very slightly


Your eyes are better than mine then Bren Smile

The tricks to get it just about visable in the blue channel but not noticeable in the picture as a whole.
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
23 Jan 2012 10:55AM

Quote:Your eyes are better than mine then Bren Smile

I'll bet they're not!

I'd read something about this a while ago, so I figured that the mark was concealed in one of the channels and found it easily using trial and error.
I didn't have a clue how you'd done it though (although I do now!)

In this image, it just shows up as a very slight mauve(ish) mark across the image against the shirt. At this size it's not that visible and had I not known it was there, I doubt that I would have spotted it.
Enlarged in Photoshop though, it's just about possible to read some of it.

During my search, I discovered another method of hiding a mark which also seems to work, so I'll upload something later on.
Paul Morgan 15 18.3k 6 England
23 Jan 2012 10:07PM

Quote:At this size it's not that visible and had I not known it was there, I doubt that I would have spotted it.
Enlarged in Photoshop though, it's just about possible to read some of it



The thing is Bren, if I had not pointed it out no one would have looked for it Smile

The thing I`ve never been able to understand is the number that post on the net, then complain if there work is used by somebody else, if its really that important don`t post, or water mark in some way so at least you can prove ownership, but in a way that does not ruin the image.
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
23 Jan 2012 10:35PM

Quote:The thing I`ve never been able to understand is the number that post on the net, then complain if there work is used by somebody else,

Absolutely.

I suppose I'd be a bit cheesed off if I found that someone had used one of my images and was making money from it but I don't suppose there would be much that I could do about it.
I'm a firm believer in the theory that anything that you post on the net is "fair game" and therefore, disposable.

Having said that, I've got an image here, also watermarked invisibly. I produced it using a different method to yours and finding the mark requires a different approach.
I'll upload it tomorrow.

Bren.
ianrobinson Plus
6 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2012 11:21PM
great stuff Paul.

Ian
Paul Morgan 15 18.3k 6 England
27 Jan 2012 10:48PM
Thanks

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