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How was this super sharp look achieved?

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Old 08-14-2008, 09:49 AM
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How was this super sharp look achieved?

I know it is perfectly lit but how the hell he is able to get so vital colours?

http://www.lovebmx.cz/images/flippin...-bmx_60087.jpg

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:25 AM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

Hi, Jarabmx, Welcome to RTP

This looks like a composit to me and not a very good one at that. The light source on the bike rider appears different that that of the background and I would guess it's two different shots. There are a number of ways to achieve the sharpening. HDR, High Pass, Sharpen, or any combination along with a good curves adjustment. Any method you use requires a good crisp and sharp photo to start with.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:32 AM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

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Hi, Jarabmx, Welcome to RTP

This looks like a composit to me and not a very good one at that. The light source on the bike rider appears different that that of the background and I would guess it's two different shots. There are a number of ways to achieve the sharpening. HDR, High Pass, Sharpen, or any combination along with a good curves adjustment. Any method you use requires a good crisp and sharp photo to start with.

No, it most surely is not composite, just using multiple flashes to lighten all the parts of the bike and bike rider.

I have some very sharp pictures of bike riders as well but could not get to the same point where he has got it. Thanks for your suggestions but this picture looks so clean.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:42 AM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

I'll take your word for it, Jarabmx, but it looks fake to me. The rider looks much too bright and flat compared to the rest of the composition to appear realistic to me. JMHO.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:48 AM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

There's something odd about the rear wheel where it hits the wall…but I don't BMX so I'm not sure.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:03 AM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

Here is my picture, illustrating how unreal lighting you can create:

http://www.stsriders.com/index.php?id=fotky&page=3#

(doesnt link directly to the picture but I meant one in upper left corner) mainly just a fill light in this case, this is maybe bit more clear:

http://www.stsriders.com/index.php?id=fotky&page=4#
(upper right corner)
Still cant get that level of clarity unfortunately.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:21 AM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

jarabmx: your 2 pix looks more realistic/better then the "supersharp" one. His looks overly processed in a weird way. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:23 AM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

I understand how you can create unreal light, but to me it looks fake. When you add light, you also need to add shadow. It's just what the eye expects to see. Your photo below for example.

My eye doesn't understand where the light source is that reflects off his face from below. It's casting a shadow of the bike on his leg, but what is the source of the light?

I guess this can be cool, if you are going for an effect, but it is hard to "buy" for most people. It might play well if there was no background and ambient light, especially with all that blown out sky in the background and blue fringing in the trees. You could sell me if you presented it as a "studio" shot. Dramatic black background and visible light source from below.

I've posted a sample of how I changed an outdoor shot to something more dramatic.
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:17 PM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

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
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:55 PM
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Re: How was this super sharp look achieved?

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.
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