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Old 04-13-2008, 07:47 AM
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Very nice look, what do you guys think?

Hello guys, this is my first post! Congrats for this forum, it's great!
I like a lot the effect of these images, very smooth and clean, how do you think you can get it?
The link of the website is www.ankeluckmann.com (flash portfolio), click on "race" and take a look at the shots from 55 to 72.
At the beginning I thought it was a desaturated layer set in soft light, but the look is different.
Thanks a lot for your suggestions guys!
Guido

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Old 04-13-2008, 08:46 AM
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Re: Very nice look, what do you guys think?

Just curious.. who's works are you putting up here?
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Old 04-13-2008, 08:50 AM
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Re: Very nice look, what do you guys think?

Hi Baldy, this is the photographer.
http://www.ankeluckmann.com/
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:58 AM
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Re: Very nice look, what do you guys think?

Perhaps a link to his site instead of posting photos would be more appropriate if permission to use his photos was not acquired..
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:28 AM
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Re: Very nice look, what do you guys think?

About your assessment of the style I think you are probably right..
A slightly desaturated layer set at normal
a fully desaturated layer set to soft light
there may also be a radial B/W gradient on a soft light layer
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:03 AM
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Re: Very nice look, what do you guys think?

I think that the problem setting a desaturated layer in hard light/soft light/overlay is that it increases a lot the contrast, and you lose a lot of detail in the shadows. In Anke's pictures it seems he uses the soft light layer but the without that contrast. It's a weird effect, what about a filter...?
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Old 04-19-2008, 04:10 AM
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Re: Very nice look, what do you guys think?

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I think that the problem setting a desaturated layer in hard light/soft light/overlay is that it increases a lot the contrast, and you lose a lot of detail in the shadows. In Anke's pictures it seems he uses the soft light layer but the without that contrast. It's a weird effect, what about a filter...?
After setting the desaturated layer to softlight, you can play with the advanced fusion properties of the layer. Play with back left slider (from desaturated softlight layer) a go to 123, more or less, it´s up to you. Then, hold on the option key and click and slide to the left the left half triangle. That helps you to minimize the high contrast you got and restore some of the detail.

Hope it helps.
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Old 04-19-2008, 05:38 AM
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Re: Very nice look, what do you guys think?

Thanks a lot JavierT, very nice technique!
Guido
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Re: Very nice look, what do you guys think?

If you just open up the hue/saturation slider and play around you'll notice it's just a very well balanced picture with different settings of saturation all over the picture.
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Re: Very nice look, what do you guys think?

I would also say that the camera technique plays a part here as well...look at highlights vs darker areas of the picture...these pictures are taken in broad daylight with lots of sun...He probably has the settings on the shutter times set to 1/200 and the f/stop on very high level...well that's my opinion...
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