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How was this super sharp look achieved?

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Old 08-14-2008, 07:08 PM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

Photoshop has its quite sophisticated way of using masks and enhancements for creating these not very realistic pictures. It has its own culture in some sense. This has maybe 4 Layers. It's all about getting the look.

Just a very quick play:

~~Original~~Brightened~~ combined~
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:17 PM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

I'm going to take a shot at a photo too, but I just wanted to play the devil's advocate here. I'm leaning toward very strategically placed lighting. I'm thinking that light behind the green vent is actually a walkway light..? It's getting dark, there's a walkway bridge. A (I think it's a "hot light", constantly on) light on a tripod behind the brick wall thing would give that look of underlighting. It does look awkward how flat that wall is...ok, no more devil's advocate.
Sorry, just wanted to put in my $.02.

I'm off to work on a pic now.

edit:Either strategic placement or crappy placement of lighting.
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:15 PM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

Ok, here's my two pics I worked on real quick. Resolution isn't the greatest due to small pics to start with and then the 100k post limit.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:00 PM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

You might try the strobist group at flicker. All about off camera lighting which this shot is. Should get lots of help there.

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Old 08-14-2008, 11:43 PM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

i can assure you this is not a composite. Hard lights tend to create more saturated colors and with the sun setting the background is a bit more saturated too. A light right behind the green thing, a light just out of frame and just behind the subject, and probably a nice quantum flash behind the photographer as a main light, thus the foreground and subject are lit well. also the weird shadows are probably a mix of the sun setting and mixing in with the other lights.

As for the post, most bmx photographers, and like many other action photographers dont do that much work, usually a good raw process, maybe jumping contrast a little saturation but thats all, but dont push the contrast over too much this photo lost way too much detail in the foreground for my taste.
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Old 08-15-2008, 03:29 AM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

Thanks a lot for your effort. I think the first picture from Rohape is the closest. It is not a hard light because with exposure of f8-f16 and shutter speed almost surely 1/250 you can"t get so much ambient light coming in from one hot light. Thanks for your opinions, I will ask more soon..
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:48 AM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

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I think you need to stop your lens down to at least F11, 16 or 22 get more lights in there and use the max shutter speed for the f stop.. a tripod works wonders for sharp pictures.. and don't forget the all important practice cubed
Actually, a lens is at its sharpest at about two opening smaller than the maximum opening.

If you stop down considerably, you gain depth of field, but you lose sharpness and resolution.
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:50 AM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

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jarabmx: your 2 pix looks more realistic/better then the "supersharp" one. His looks overly processed in a weird way. Just my 2 cents.
I also think, jarabmx, that your images are better than the one you linked to.

I see that you found something in that image you wanted to add to yours own work.

Maybe you like this particular blue, and find it crisp...
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:52 AM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

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Oh well, just take a look right above the green metal thing, you can see one remotely fired flash!! That is creating circled light you draw. In this manner all the lights are casted on the BMXer.

BMX photography has its quite sophisticated way of using flashes and creating these not very realistic pictures. It has its own culture in some sense. He has used maybe 4 flashes? That is not the theme of this topic anyway. It is more about getting that look. If anyone can process any of my pictures in my gallery listed above that would be excellent.
Absolutely. You create your world, and you decide.

Surrealistic lighting is used in many fields, not only in bmx photography.
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:25 AM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

I agree with swampy, looks like a composite to me also. Enlarge the photo and look at the rear wheel where it meets the stone wall. The stone is over the tire and rim.
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