Experimental creative techniques - Zoom Zoom photo shoot

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  1. Shaneel

    Shaneel Member

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    After the many sweet memories we had together, my baby has unfortunately departed. Breakups are always hard but... I hope one day we can be reunited. Last photo shoot, with creative experimental techniques. Please critique.

    1. Back to the future
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    2. Rocket ship
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    3. In you face
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    4. Smooth
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    Cheers !
     
  2. dche5390

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    Painful on the eyes :shock:
     
  3. mcrow5

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    i love number 1, very cool :thumbup:
     
  4. Squeezer

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    #1 had a lot of potential but your DoF appears to be really shallow. Number plate in focus but the back of the car is outside the DoF

    #3 and #4 especially make my eyes water
     
  5. m3k

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    Man that long exposure would look sick without that heavy halo ridden HDR
    Keep on experimenting man! Try Different locations too :)
     
  6. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    I disagree! I love them. They really strike out at you. I find most car shots quite boring, but I love these.
     
  7. Gnatty

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    Not a big fan of the huge amount of post-processing, but each to their own.

    Its been blurred in photoshop
     
  8. andyroo54

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    Looks like photoshop to me?
     
  9. Spl@

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    Pretty cool shots man, My eyes hurt maybe a bit less than the other guys.
    I suppose my biggest criticism would be that I can see you in almost all of them :p
    Other than that I like the crispness and extreme colour presentation.

    Spl@
     
  10. BAAZMAN

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    the DOF on 1 looks un-natural.and you can easily see where the PS dof starts and stops.
     
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    Shaneel

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    Feedback

    Thank you for the great feedback guys ! I really appreciate it and agree with all points, and opinions raised.

    I knew I would get mixed comments regarding the intense post processing on these, and though I would share some of my thoughts.

    The Maxda Rrx8 was my dream car and many of these photos were taken for a shoot to be placed on carsales.com

    After the sale I decided to ramp then up and increase the pp as well as try out some of the new features of Photoshop CS6, and also Topaz labs both of which I cannot recommend enough.

    This car represented something futuristic, and the hallmark feature was the Velocity Red, paint finish.

    I have tried to bring this color element out the most as this is how I interpret the car.

    Shot #1 is my favorite, and as discussed on this thread, the DOF was deliberately reduced using the iris blur feature on pp (which is awesome), as well as a bit of the tilt shit blur feature. The idea was to create a "back to the future" look which stylizes the car. I chose to keep the front of the car, and number plate in focus as I like the way the light reflects and highlights the lines of the car - especially the front bumper

    However it was very difficult to "smoothly paint" the car and create clean painting strokes with the sparklers.

    Unfortunately I do not have the car anymore... I had to sell it to fund my postgraduate study... but hope to experiment with some new techniques soon... especially the "steel wool light painting" !

    Once again thanks for the feedback, and if anyone is interested, I can post the unprocessed files as well !
     
  12. Pinkeh

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    My eyes bleed from excessive use of HDR/post processing :upset:

    I'd like to see a natural shot of #2.
     

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