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Reporter Chopper

By strokebloke  
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]

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Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
10 Jun 2011 8:56PM
Good for you Jack!

I reckon he got his money's worth.

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strokebloke Plus
7 493 17 England
10 Jun 2011 9:22PM
Thank you Bren: and I'm still sober too Smile
Grampy 6 507 71 England
10 Jun 2011 9:40PM
Looks good to me Jack, don't forget to tell the taxman.
Phill
strokebloke Plus
7 493 17 England
10 Jun 2011 9:43PM
What's a taxman Phill ??????????????????????????????????????????????
strokebloke Plus
7 493 17 England
11 Jun 2011 1:33PM
Thanks Frank.
I've heard the expression before, but never understood what it meant GrinGrinGrinGrin
pamelajean Plus
10 964 1824 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2011 5:29PM
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.
strokebloke Plus
7 493 17 England
11 Jun 2011 7:47PM
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'
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
11 Jun 2011 7:49PM

Quote: I'll mark this one 'successful'

. . . I would!
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.
strokebloke Plus
7 493 17 England
13 Jun 2011 4:36PM
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
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
13 Jun 2011 5:34PM
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?"
strokebloke Plus
7 493 17 England
13 Jun 2011 10:26PM
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
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
13 Jun 2011 10:30PM
. . . you obviously haven't looked at your "Border plants" recently.
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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