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Hedge hoping

By bigbob2
This was taken as part of a project for my college course

Tags: Sky Action Bikes Sports and action


Jestertheclown 11 8.2k 253 England
20 May 2012 4:38PM
Hi Bob,
You've certainly captured the moment here but the image seems very 'flat.'
It's as if you've applied a lot of processing to address issues with exposure perhaps.
I've tried adjusting it using curves and the shadows/highlights tool but I can't improve upon what's here already.
Your EXIF makes sense but I see that you didn't use a flash. It may well not have been practical, or even possible but if you could, then using one might have helped.
Hope this helps.


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paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
20 May 2012 7:29PM
Potentially very good indeed, but very flat and with a green cast. Not sure your RAW processing has done what was required. The 1/800 made easy flash fill difficult, but a modern long burn gun would have done it. I would have used ISO400 and not used spot metering with an auto setting. I hope you locked the metering before exposure, because if you used spot on auto with locking, that is the problem.

banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
20 May 2012 8:43PM
Good advice above. Spot as Paul says can be a problem, and I wonder what you metered off. In general, this is a shot into the sky, and usually needs a positive exposure compensation.

I have taken a shot at a mod, and cropped to give the image more height; brightened oberall, and then the cyclist brightened more separately.

Hope this helps


bigbob2 11 1 United Kingdom
20 May 2012 10:30PM
Thanks for the comments. the course requirments are that all assigenments are handed in stright out of camera. we can take only 40 shots and have to hand in 4 a week later so not easy. try it on a subject given to you
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
21 May 2012 8:28AM
That is a strange request. Digital is well known for needing some treatment between camera and viewer. Compacts are designed to produce ready to use images but DSLR's are not. They retain more detail but require processing. A young lady I know well did a media degree specialising in photography - she had strange requests from her tutors which I thought were not conducive to learning, but times change I suppose.

Trying to do what they are asking of you would be a waste of time as far as I'm concerned.

Jestertheclown 11 8.2k 253 England
21 May 2012 9:06AM
If this is a RAW image, simply converted to Jpeg. for uploading to here, then I can see immediately why it looks as it does.
As Paul says, it seems a pointless exercise, since you're simply handing in unfinished work.

Jazzyjack 8 73 1 England
22 May 2012 10:23PM
I think this is an excellent shot. Ok it may not be to the pureists satisfaction with regards to colour cast etc. I think that the green(ish) cast only adds to the image, it gives it a very definite poster feel. I can just imaging a catchy slogan in the top left and seeing it on a billboard.

Well done to the cyclist also, brave man.
pablophotographer 9 1.6k 380
23 May 2012 10:55AM
Bigbob2 that is a great capture.

I shall fully agree with Mysticmurf77, and I will add that Bigbob2 has used a nice format for his picture. His timing and point of View were excellent too.
I can fully understand the college rules about no processing, processing is a different subject of the curriculum. RAW has given the least manipulation.

I'd buy the biker an energy drink.

And I'd wish you GOOD LUCK with your studies.

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