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Richard Whitehead

By zigga  
One of a series of shots of Richard Whitehead in the warm-up for his 100 metre heat.

Wanted to get a shot of him on his own walking back up to his blocks.

I think this was the best of a small bunch but still think the track is a bit overexposed, although not entirely sure how to change this and not affect the rest of the image?!

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 10:32AM
I have done a mod. I darkened the highlights and lightened the shadows a touch using photoshop. images-adjustments-shadow/highlights. Not too good a mod really as I created a sort of halo/light area behind him. I'm not sure yours needed a mod.
You must be pleased with your capture of a star, good one, Ian

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 10:43AM
If you shoot in RAW there is more chance of correcting overexposed / underexposed areas (such as you feel the track is) using the sliders in Adobe RAW or Cannon RAW converters without introducing other artifacts/problems. I'm pretty sure you would have been able to deal with the brightness of the track and shadow of his face and shorts much better if starting in RAW where more detail is recorded and saved by the camera. You can then work with those details to get the result you want.
zigga 5 2 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 11:01AM
Hi Ian,

Thanks for the comments and for producing the mod. I tend to shoot RAW most of the time so the original image was a RAW file before being converted.

I think I probably need to brush up on my PS skills and may have a go at changing this following your suggestions.

I have to say I was extremely happy with the capture, especially from where I was sat... Grin

paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 4:01PM
Interesting image but THE shot here is his figure, a full shadow and the track.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 6:45PM
I couldn't help thinking the same as Paul, Michael, the shadow was obviously strong, and including it would have given you a marvellous shot. Maybe there was something in the way that prevented you being able to include it.
zigga 5 2 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 8:29PM
Yeah, unfortunately we were sat behind 3 flag poles and I had already cropped one out to get this image which was a real shame. I hadn't actually considered the shadow before but will remeber that for next time, thanks.
Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
5 Oct 2012 4:57AM
Hi michael,

No words about the wrong time of day or harsh shadows etc from me, he wasn't going to hang around until sunset for you so you got what you got. This image for me comes under the banner of photo-journalistic regardless of why you took it. I would suggest that turning this to a B&W image might work better for you.

I have uploaded a mod where I darkened the background slightly but left the person as they were. I then dodged them and their shadow, turned the image to B&W and then sharpened.

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
5 Oct 2012 2:02PM
The track isnt really overexposed, - though the white lines are. If you want it a little darker, you need to know how to use layers and a layer mask in Photoshop, and you can find tutorials on this here on EPZ in Techniques and videos, or just Google.

Ive uploaded a mod which also has a white balance change, with the track a little darker.


banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
5 Oct 2012 2:20PM
Ive uoloaded a second mod with Richard brightened. He is slightly underexposed in the original shot which contributes to making the trach look overexposed. Mod2 then has both a brighter Richard and a darker track.



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