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Old 05-31-2012, 06:46 AM   #8926
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Super sick. I don't really have anything critical to say about this. Most excellent!

Thanxs armin Allways a pleasure to get a stamp from you. I lightened up a little bit the front wheel on the picture because it looked a little bit lost dark at it was (first time using photoshop for this)

Another frame from that weekend, nothing better than full grandstands in the sachsenkurve at the hockenheimring for a nice blurred background.

Minimal adjustments on this one



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Old 05-31-2012, 08:25 AM   #8927
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So the remaining pieces of my rig setup came in today...

As you can probably imagine, I couldn't wait to get out and test it. My neighborhood pool parking lot is less than ideal and I need to work on the composition end of the setup for sure...but I am stoked to finally get it all together. It will be fun to shoot cars with this setup in cool locations.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7102/7...df0953a7_b.jpg
Great rig shot! I was thinking of picking up Ultimate Lurker's rig setup, but it's a lot of money to spend on something that is no more than a novelty to me. Anyways, yours looks great. Did you push the car for this one? Looks nice and sharp. I'd try a slower shutter speed though. Background could use a little more blur.

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I haven't received any abuse today so I figured I'd post a picture.

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Looks good. I'd get rid of that yellow line in the background though. And my preference is for a lower angle, but that's subjective.

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Thanxs armin Allways a pleasure to get a stamp from you. I lightened up a little bit the front wheel on the picture because it looked a little bit lost dark at it was (first time using photoshop for this)

Another frame from that weekend, nothing better than full grandstands in the sachsenkurve at the hockenheimring for a nice blurred background.

Minimal adjustments on this one

http://www.aclightaddicted.ch/Cars/h.../IMG1355-L.jpg

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Looks awesome! "Interesting" passenger seat setup on that one...
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:15 AM   #8928
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Looks good. I'd get rid of that yellow line in the background though. And my preference is for a lower angle, but that's subjective.

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If that's the worst thing about the picture than I can live with that! I already did a lot of cloning in the background already. I definitely agree about the lower angle. I didn't feel like laying in the dirt and if I try to hold the camera low and snap a shot it just never works out for me. I will try to get out next week and put everything together and come up with a good picture.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:16 AM   #8929
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Great rig shot! I was thinking of picking up Ultimate Lurker's rig setup, but it's a lot of money to spend on something that is no more than a novelty to me. Anyways, yours looks great. Did you push the car for this one? Looks nice and sharp. I'd try a slower shutter speed though. Background could use a little more blur.
yeah I pushed it and used the timed shutter release. I need to dial in my process a little bit more but I really just couldn't wait to get out and use it. Not bad for a first pass I think!
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:56 PM   #8930
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I know it's not the best cloning job in the world but I gave it a hell of a try.

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Old 05-31-2012, 07:54 PM   #8931
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So the remaining pieces of my rig setup came in today...

As you can probably imagine, I couldn't wait to get out and test it. My neighborhood pool parking lot is less than ideal and I need to work on the composition end of the setup for sure...but I am stoked to finally get it all together. It will be fun to shoot cars with this setup in cool locations.
Very nice! Wish my first rig shot was this good I'd say it's time to pick up an ND filter so you won't hav to shoot at É22 (I use a 3-stop B+W for mine with my CP stacked on top) and make sure you get yourself a remote shutter release as well. It'll make things a whole lot easier.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:56 PM   #8932
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I know it's not the best cloning job in the world but I gave it a hell of a try.

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First of all, polarizer! Second, a lower angle would help quite a bit. The cloning definitely could be better, but given how much you had to clone out, it's not a terrible job. Most people who don't know anything about photography probably won't notice, but since you're posting here...we all will
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:58 PM   #8933
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Thanxs armin Allways a pleasure to get a stamp from you. I lightened up a little bit the front wheel on the picture because it looked a little bit lost dark at it was (first time using photoshop for this)

Another frame from that weekend, nothing better than full grandstands in the sachsenkurve at the hockenheimring for a nice blurred background.

Minimal adjustments on this one

C&C are welcome as always.

Cheers

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Very nice, Chris! It's a good crisp shot, but the exposure is a tad too bright for my tastes. I might darken it a little bit since the wall immediately behind the wall is almost blown out. Otherwise, excellent work as always!
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:42 PM   #8934
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First of all, polarizer! Second, a lower angle would help quite a bit. The cloning definitely could be better, but given how much you had to clone out, it's not a terrible job. Most people who don't know anything about photography probably won't notice, but since you're posting here...we all will
The polarizer is being ordered tomorrow...finally! The cloning woould've come out better but it seems in Lightroom 4, once you clone something you can't go over it again, only move the designated area. If i could figure how to get by that it would be much cleaner looking. I was just playing around to see how much I could actually get away with. I
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:43 PM   #8935
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FYI, just about every one of the shots I post here is taken while laying on the ground. Dirty job, photography....
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:44 PM   #8936
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FYI, just about every one of the shots I post here is taken while laying on the ground. Dirty job, photography....
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:57 PM   #8937
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Very nice! Wish my first rig shot was this good I'd say it's time to pick up an ND filter so you won't hav to shoot at É22 (I use a 3-stop B+W for mine with my CP stacked on top) and make sure you get yourself a remote shutter release as well. It'll make things a whole lot easier.
Thanks! I stalk Andrew on Flickr and Facebook so I had at least something to go off of for the test. Now it is time to really turn it up a notch.

Thanks for the tip on the ND filter. I was worried about stacking filters on wide angle lenses when the CP that far away from the lens, but if you do it...then I am good to go!
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:16 PM   #8938
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FYI, just about every one of the shots I post here is taken while laying on the ground. Dirty job, photography....
I'm filthy all day so sometimes it's nice to stay clean for a while, but once my polarizer comes it's all business. I'll lay in mud if necessary to get my stamp or for someone to say "hey, that's a good photo"
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:08 PM   #8939
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I really need to get out and take some more shots. If only there was more free time.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:48 PM   #8940
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The polarizer is being ordered tomorrow...finally! The cloning woould've come out better but it seems in Lightroom 4, once you clone something you can't go over it again, only move the designated area. If i could figure how to get by that it would be much cleaner looking. I was just playing around to see how much I could actually get away with. I
Yeah LR's clone tool is really meant for quick fixes and touch-ups, not cloning out entire areas of a photo. That's where Photoshop comes in.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:51 PM   #8941
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Thanks! I stalk Andrew on Flickr and Facebook so I had at least something to go off of for the test. Now it is time to really turn it up a notch.

Thanks for the tip on the ND filter. I was worried about stacking filters on wide angle lenses when the CP that far away from the lens, but if you do it...then I am good to go!
Easton Chang, whom Andrew and I often refer to as a god, used to stack multiple ND filters plus his polarizer on his lens when he did his rig shots in midday sun. The vignetting would just be a dark circle but he made it work better than just about anyone I know.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:52 PM   #8942
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I really need to get out and take some more shots. If only there was more free time.
I couldn't agree more. I'd love to have more free time to shoot stuff!
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:27 PM   #8943
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I couldn't agree more. I'd love to have more free time to shoot stuff!
I'm going to attempt to this weekend, but we'll see how it goes.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:35 PM   #8944
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Yeah LR's clone tool is really meant for quick fixes and touch-ups, not cloning out entire areas of a photo. That's where Photoshop comes in.
I do have PS CS5 as well but I don't use it. I feel Lightroom forces you to try to take better shots because you can't manipulate it as much. It's very simple to use (though I'm still learning a lot about it) and it does make huge differences for someone like me who isn't shooting with the best equipment and top notch glass.
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:33 PM   #8945
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Went out again. Not nearly as happy with this run as the first, so I didn't spend as much time editing this one. Front wheel is shaky and I just couldn't get the colors balanced. I was really trying to get the outside light to explode from behind the car. In all reality...I was probably trying to get too many light sources to do too many things.

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Old 06-03-2012, 02:01 PM   #8946
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Ok, I was able to actually get out and try a new location yesterday. Let me know what you think.


Burbnside Bridge Mini by Saleen326, on Flickr


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Old 06-03-2012, 09:23 PM   #8947
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^^The background colors almost match the car exactly.

Here's the reason I don't have a STi or a heavily modded WRX.
Current mods: One 8 year old and twin 5 month olds. Matching car seats.

The low angle was for you xluben. I was on the ground! This is not a serious attempt for a stamp by the way.


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Old 06-04-2012, 02:32 AM   #8948
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Very nice, Chris! It's a good crisp shot, but the exposure is a tad too bright for my tastes. I might darken it a little bit since the wall immediately behind the wall is almost blown out. Otherwise, excellent work as always!
Argggg

Not sure what to do now

Wenn i postprocessed my pictures with the notebook they wher to dark.
Wenn i postprocess them with the imac they are to bright, i really ned to take some screenshots to show you what i mean armin.

Kinda frustrating.

And another from that weekend

Team Faken UKs V35 with a 2JZ

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Old 06-04-2012, 03:14 PM   #8949
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Went out again. Not nearly as happy with this run as the first, so I didn't spend as much time editing this one. Front wheel is shaky and I just couldn't get the colors balanced. I was really trying to get the outside light to explode from behind the car. In all reality...I was probably trying to get too many light sources to do too many things.
Yeah, not the best situation here, especially without an ND filter. The lights are really showing off the bounce from the boom too.
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:18 PM   #8950
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Ok, I was able to actually get out and try a new location yesterday. Let me know what you think.
These look like you've got the clarity slider turned up really high, along with maybe the shadows. This causes almost a halo effect that makes both photos look very unnatural. The compositions seem fine, but the polarizer should help more with the reflections and your sky is really blown out. Finally, the lines from the bridge and the building throw off the level of the overall scene, so it's hard to see if the car's actually level with everything or if it's at an angle.
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