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Tarzan Lives

By Pottsy
My son having fun on a swing. One of the first shots (of many) I took when I got my DSLR. Its not very sharp as he was swinging and spinning.
Thanks again to Barry Beckhams recent video.
All C & C welcome. Any tips on how to get a decent sky into photo?

Tags: Digitally manipulated Portraits and people Humour and fun

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fatherpie 10 18 12 England
30 Mar 2009 8:05PM
Very nicely done. Personally I see nought wrong with the sky.

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Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2009 8:34PM
lovely work I like the feeling of movement you have managed to capture
jayjay52 9 2 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2009 9:32PM
Very cleverly done. Looks as if he`s swinging right out of the picture.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
30 Mar 2009 11:01PM
Its a nice shot, and youve done the cutout very well. That Becjham video technique is great, isnt it?

I cant suggest anything to improve it, - other than perhaps the sky which youve mentioned.

You would replace the sky using the same cutout approach generally, but in this case youve got so many small areas through the trees it would be more laborious that its worth.

What you might think about doing is to extract your son completely from the tree scene and place him, and the rope against a nice sky background, and perhaps add it a few branches??


spikemoz 11 2
31 Mar 2009 12:42AM
Great picture, can't think of anything to add!

MetAl 9 2 2 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2009 7:22PM
Great picture, I haven't seen this technique before - it's a great idea.

I agree with both Spike and Willie above - nothing to add but I'm not sure that taking away the background with harm the image in any way, it's all about the boy on the swing!
Pottsy 9 2 Northern Ireland
2 Apr 2009 8:49PM
Thanks one and all for comments. I'll forgo the cutting out of my son and live with sky as is. I thought there might have been an "easy" way of dropping a sky in behind the tree branches but no so.

Project was about learning new manipulation techniques which I did but Im also pleased with resulting affect, its taken a plain image and added a bit of fun/life to it.

Thanks again all.
ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
4 Apr 2009 8:49AM
Difficult because of the the fine detail from teh branches - but I would be tempted to try selecting the sky either by hand or wirh you magic wand/brush selector once you have a half decent selection push the colour to make it bluer and colder, then darken slightly (4 stops) and up the contrast (maybe 10 stops) then drive detail into the clouds with your clarification toggle (maybe 8 stops) and finally use your curves adjustments to create a little more drama.

If I get a mo I will have a go for you - but you will enjoy doing this I suspect.

I like this technique very much and this image works well - but don't overdo it.

Very best wishes

Pegon 12 78 1 England
4 Apr 2009 5:00PM
Looks great to me. I like it.
Pottsy 9 2 Northern Ireland
7 Apr 2009 12:27AM
Thanks again all for C & C, and "ketch" for taking the time to make me a sky. I will have a go at your suggestion as I am still very much at the learning stage.


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