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How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

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Old 01-31-2011, 05:20 AM
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How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

Please have a look at the following pictures on Xavier Reys website:
http://www.xavierrey.com/crbst_149.html
I know these are long exposure pictures, probable taken during the 'golden hour' when the sky is full of clouds....BUT...there is more.
Unfortunately I do not know what. I assume he doing some heave postprocessing. Maybe one of you has an idea ?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:36 AM
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

Consider what is happening with the tones in the image, anywhere left of a midtone sharply turns to black... The images still however have a nice transition from a midtone upwards to white. Do a search for luminosity masks.
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

I always talk about Photoshop because it is what i use, and it can be done with it. There is a program called Silver Efexx specifically designed to achieve this kind of look, and as you said they have extra processing.
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

I've asked the same question to myself.

Luminosity masks, curves, vignette subtle silver /sepia toning.

It really does just take a lot of time and practice with the simplest of PS tools.
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:48 AM
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

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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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

I agree with the above..but it also appears that in some of the photos he is using HDR B&W and possibly some denoising.
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

He's shooting at high noon or close to it, and I'd say by the smoothness of the water, he's using a ND Grad and perhaps a circular polarizer as well.
The rest of course, is made of great PS skills.
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

I will say this, as this is what I have learnt. Cloudy day, not white cloud but greayish moody skies, where it's about to break into a sunny day kind of thing.

Also. Wind speed is quite low. 9mph or less, this gives a great smooth silky water effect when shooting long with ND filter. This is what I have learned. You need calm seas or calm water at least to get this effect...

It's taken me a long time to realise this at least. PLEASE let me know if you found this helpful as others will stumble upon this thread...
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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

I don't think these are shot anywhere near midday at all. I have a 3 stop ND filter and have used it a bit late in the afternoon, even then you have to stop down to f32 and onwards if the lens will allow and you'll be struggling to get more than a second of exposure time.

There was a thread here at RTP a long long time ago dealing with the same type of images but a different photographer, can't remember his name but he had an online video interview that showed him shooting. He only worked before sunrise and the best time to shoot was when the first halo of light started to show on the horizon, and shooting upto 2-3 minute exposure's.

I'll have dig through my bookmarks and see if I can find him, as mentioned in my above post, a good way to create the processing for this look is through luminosity masks. Below is a link to an action I've created, its not the exact look but very close and I've been using it for a series of seascape images. Download and tell me what ya think -

http://www.mediafire.com/?y79ey74poemi3hv

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Re: How does he get this look ? Xavier Rey

I have a buddy who makes shots like these. Shot during the day. 10 stops of ND grads. Circular Polarizer. Cable release. Long exposures - like 10 minutes or something. Convert to B&W any old way as the effect is mostly done in camera.

They're not completely in camera though. In some I think he has cloned in some grass (1st column, row 4) though I am unsure.

In another (1st Column, Row 7), it looks like he's shot with a Tilt-Shift lens or perhaps a lens on bellows with a digital back.
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