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1 Aug 2007 6:20AM
Wonderful. What exactly did you do to blur the background in such a way? The slanted horizon really works here too. All in all an awesome shot. To say nothing of the cool car!
stevie 18 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2007 6:48AM
Hi Merrick (mkingsto). I've been gradually trying to improve these over the past months, it's not as easy as I thought. The background blur is one of the main things. My current method is (working on a large TIFF) to apply a mask to the car, increase the mask by 5 pixels, feather 5 pixels and then use a combination of 85% motion blur and 15% Gaussian blur. This leaves you with a halo around the car which needs to be cloned out, bit by bit and is the most laborious part. You also need to remember to add the blur to parts seen through glass. The wheels have been blurred using 'spin' radial blur and Gaussian blur combined (trial and error method at the moment) The bit I'm really finding hard is the plate, which obviously needs to be changed for a picture on the internet. I've just cloned out the old number, added a new one (which needs to be warped to make the text 'fit' the plate) - but even so, I still find this hard to get it just right!
(I see your're in San Francisco - had my first ever trip there only a few days ago. What a great place!)
User_Removed 17 825 Lithuania
1 Aug 2007 7:12AM
...dare i say the fake plate spoils it a bit!?!... super image though!
ian walker 17 717 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2007 7:21AM
i think its fine, i agree that the letters on the plate look just a little odd, but that could be improved.

keep practicing.
stevie 18 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2007 7:22AM
Hi Peter (whoops) - I agree this isn't quite ideal - the combination of font, colour (no, black definitely doesn't work) and the degree of warp needed is, for me anyway, difficult to get right.
Anyway, hopefully the owner of the car will be pleased with at least one of the shots from this series (to be printed with the real number, uncloned!!)
DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
1 Aug 2007 7:53AM
The pic and presentation are both top-notch Steve. The jaunty angle, background colours and bright red of the car combine to give a very pleasing shot. It may be me but I just don't get any sense of the car being in motion though. Maybe a bit of horizontal motion blur on the back end of the car in addition to the radial blur on the wheels? But maybe not as this would then spoil the clean lines of the car. Just some thoughts.
stevebostock 16 244 England
1 Aug 2007 8:07AM
thats is a great automotive image, really well done, i've donew a few recently and i wanted to know how to get them this good, excellent work

My last attempt aat motion, I sat in the boot of a car leading the target and shot slow speeds all trial and error, but it works and the motion looks real.
You should try it because your photography is good it's the software that's holding you back.

All the very best, and I love that car,
NevP 16 853 13 Canada
1 Aug 2007 2:09PM
This looks great to me. You can obsess over every pixel, but this is a terrific job.
TyChee 17 275 1 United States
1 Aug 2007 4:24PM
Looks great! Love it!
Badger 19 4.7k 20 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2007 9:26PM
I'd like to see some road for the car to move into... but other than that, exposure and colours are fab.
2 Aug 2007 2:26PM
perfect car to have a spin .. and perfectly composed

Nikki Smile
Alison_S 16 339 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2007 7:44AM
Fantastic series........I think this is my favourite.

Al Smile
motorsportpictures 13 289 23 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 7:42PM

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