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dream revisited

By stevebostock  
some of you will have noticed i've been tinkering in PS recently, and some of you will know this shot, its in my PF from last year where I tried to mod it and cocked it up a bit causing much discussion and controversy, so i thought I'd revisit it and have another go.
The problem was caused by having just arrived at the ground and taking this without even looking at the camera settings hence too much aperture and no DOF, also the subject was far too close to the crowd causing still more probs.
The fix (this time):
duplicated the layer and added a layer mask, selected player and ball then inversed selection and blurred using lens blur. finally added gradient to bottom of image to graduate the blur (which is where i went wrong last time!)
let me know what you think, C&C's most welcome

Tags: Digitally manipulated Portraits and people Sports and action

Voters: banehawi, thearmsofvenusdemilo, bliba and 20 more

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summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2007 9:30PM
I think its a great shot & I like the mod although I never saw the original. well done
woolybill1 Plus
14 37 77 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2007 9:36PM
Not competent to comment on the mod, but the result is excellent.
Ammonyte 15 4 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2007 11:12PM
Good effort. I might have played around with levels on the blurred layer to try and "dim" the backgroud a bit as well. It's often difficult to isolate spectators unless you have an expensive zoom lens that opens up to F2.8 or better.
Britman 14 1.7k England
27 Mar 2007 11:20PM
it's work rather well IMO although as has been said maybe make the background a tad darker. That red cup? in the right corner is a little distracting.
stevebostock 15 244 England
27 Mar 2007 11:31PM
cheers all, ammonyte - I have the 2.8 now but only had the 100-400 L IS then but it was set at F8 (doh!)
britman, i noticed that after posting actually, you are of course correct
Skatershrew 16 52 1 England
28 Mar 2007 2:21AM
I saw the original and I was one of those people who went all controversial with it.
I still think it looks too fake. The problem was not only a lack of gradient in the DOF but also that even with a gradient it goes from razor sharp to total blur in a matter of metres. That's what prevents it from looking real.

I still agree that it's a well spotted and timed shot though, just not too sure on the post shot work.
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
28 Mar 2007 3:19AM
Well I think this looks great, nice work, really stands out! Spot on! Click!!!

stevebostock 15 244 England
28 Mar 2007 8:59AM
skater, no you were slightly more constructive than some others and no one objects to constructive crits, obviously the best thing would have been to check the aperture setting before i shot but this was literally in the air as i got to pitch side.
I think this is better than the original mod, of course it would have been better if i hadn't had to mod it at all Wink
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2007 10:40AM
you've done a grand job Steve way beyond my capabilities!

les 19 9 1
28 Mar 2007 7:26PM
Spot on!

28 Mar 2007 7:34PM
Well caught!
John (-:
NilsonBazana 16 15
28 Mar 2007 9:42PM
since it's a digital manipulation, have you pasted a different background?

Only that would explain why this inverted perspective - where the viewers in the background are taller and larger than the player in the foreground.
MaryMac 15 258 1 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2007 10:22PM
I liked the original and I like this one too !!
stevebostock 15 244 England
28 Mar 2007 10:34PM
thats an interesting question, i wonder if thats what led the original questioner to his conclusion which was the same as yours.
no, the guy to the left is very tall. the player is 15. its one shot, please take a look at the original and thanks for pointing it out,
Hanners 15 875 10 Ireland
29 Mar 2007 11:54AM
I remember this very well Steve and thought it was a great shot back then. However the improvements are excellent and as I thought before it's such a fabulously timed and caught shot. Great work matey.

markthecat 15 3 England
29 Mar 2007 7:05PM
Hi Steve

Have no idea what all that means as I'm still playing with my PS but I know what I like.

Kind regards

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
30 Mar 2007 12:29AM
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
22 Apr 2007 9:12PM
I remember it well Steve. Spot on this time. John
mjsayles 15 1.0k
26 May 2007 1:42PM
Not bad with the PS work - my only comment would be that the grass beneath his front foot is blurry, but his foot is sharp - so it doesn't look natural. But that's the only room for improvement IMO - otherwise excellent!

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