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How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

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Old 02-09-2011, 03:36 AM
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

It's fairly simple and fairly hard.

They are shot with ND10, Polarizer. Anywhere between 2-10 mins.

You will get a good shot out of the camera, but the rest is PS.

Contrast adjustments, selective colour e.t.c

The image will be finely tuned in PS which gives it it's main look, not huge adjustments, pobably lots of small ones.

The time of day is important too. You need to find the right time, right light and right amount of clouds or shades of grey in the sky, white cloud is not going to give you good results.

This is the fun part. I think I spoke to him a while ago and there is no magic formula, as I have found, you need to go back to the same spot time and time again until you get it right or get to the stage where you know the best time to go to that or any other spot....
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:33 AM
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

I initially thought view camera, especially because of the very short DOF in first column, row 7. But I believe he's using medium format with dig back. I hadn't mentioned that because it really doesn't matter what camera the man is using. The main point I'm trying to make is, shadows tell the time of day.

He's heavy handed with vignetting, not something I personally like, but the camera work is exceptional.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:45 AM
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

I think everyone is over complicating this.

I am sure you can find some more interviews with him but just drop him an email

or have a quick look at this..

http://www.nd-magazine.com/xavierrey/index.php

This will lead you also to Michel Rajkovic another great photographer who use 5dMK2, also try Marcin Staiwarz and damien vassert

Enjoy thier work..
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

I'm not a photographer I'm just a hobbyist. But the one thing I don't like is that all his works look exactly the same. I'm not saying he is a bad photographer, (shots are great) but the treatment is the same on each and everyone of the photos. Some people might like it, as for me, this process is so boring.
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

IMHO these could be done in the night, I have done shoots like this in the moonlight with long exposures (about 20min.) and wideangle lens, so is a matter of patience and bring something to do while you wait.

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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

Here's the old post from 2008, some useful info there and also a link to Denis Oliver who shoots very similar images. On his website he has various magazine interviews you can read and probly find some good information too.

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...tml#post233710

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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

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Here's the old post from 2008, some useful info there and also a link to Denis Oliver who shoots very similar images. On his website he has various magazine interviews you can read and probly find some good information too.

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...tml#post233710

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Thanks for the link to the old post, MacBurg. On the 2nd page there's a tut by holgaman on vignettes that I found interesting. I followed it and changed only the method of selection where I used Quick Select for a rough selection of the subject instead of the Oval Marquee. I wanted to darken the background in a controlled way and this allowed me to do that.
Here's a before and after using holgaman's well documented technique.
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:10 PM
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

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I think he might have been recently featured in one of Nik Software's posts for Silver Efex Pro. The images are very similar anyway.

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That's right Steve. The originals are on his web page, they are really good. The post process is done with Silver Efex Pro.
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

Here is my try on the look... A good shot is the most important part, nowadays anything can be digitally done.
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