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Reverse 360

By brian1208
another from yesterday, created from a blend of 6 exposures (-3 ev to + 2 ev) using Photomatix 3. Slightly cropped for composition and sharpened to enhance the spray.

Tags: Kite surfing Digitally manipulated Tricks Christchurch Avon beach Reverse 360 Sports and action

Voters: tavm, Silverzone, peugeot406 and 8 more

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Silverzone 14 2 England
18 Apr 2008 10:00AM
Super action shot. Sylvia
proz 17 205 United States
18 Apr 2008 1:16PM
super image
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
18 Apr 2008 2:02PM
How did you manage to get six exposuress! Or am I missing something basic .. probably (b) Wink

How much did you crop for the comp? I wonder if it could do with placing the figure off centre ..?

That spray looks wonderful. Icy and all that and crisp too. I like crisp water 8-]
GaryBooth 14 34 England
18 Apr 2008 2:06PM
Excellent action shot.

brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2008 3:06PM
thanks for your input everyone - very appreciated.

Suzy, its about 80% of the original image so I could make adjustments (to make it even more off-centre Smile ) I spotted his head onto the top left third, its just that his bum ends up in the middle! I wanted to leave the space on the right side for him to "Move into".

If I tell you how I got the 6 exposures I may have to shoot you Smile

Its quite simple using RAW processing in Lightroom (or indeed, canon DPP).

I just set the exposure slider to the required exposure value then processed the image to produce a series of .tiff files, each 1ev apart.

Photomatix can then process these, either as a pseudo-HDR or, my preference, it carries out an exposure blend of all 6 files. There is a fair bit of processing variabilty possible to get the image how you want.

Yes, I agree, "Crisp Water" is essential for this type of shot (and it was perishing cold)
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
18 Apr 2008 4:17PM
Thanks for the info Brian! I thought it might be that but I'm not 100% comfortable with RAW processing yet and the thought of merging six exposures seemed like a mammoth task Wink

Photomatix sounds like interesting software. I shall go and have a peruse type thing. Smile
SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
18 Apr 2008 8:15PM
Thanks for the PM Brian - how interesting! Funnily enough, although the second image is less bright the water looks wetter. How is this possible! lol

Did you sharpen the second image or leave as was?
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2008 8:39PM
I sharpened both in the same way Suzi, so they should be comparable.

I noticed the effect you mention, I can only guess it must be down to the mechanics of how each process works (haven't a clue meself - I work by the "Finger-painting" method)

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