quick share: mr. muay thai

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quick share: mr. muay thai

I hate to post and run, but that's just the way this week is going.

I haven't taken many family pics this summer and it's been bugging me. So last week, I took an afternoon off and lugged the camera to Loli's muay thai kick boxing class to get some new shots to play with.

I got a few I really liked and decided to play around a bit.

As always, any c&c is greatly appreciated.
TFL!
GiGi

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I like the layout and font! I wish his face were a bit brighter, but it's no biggie. Pics look great!

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I really like this layout a lot! The orange banner brings it together nicely and works well to complement the blue gloves. The only thing that I would suggest is playing with the color on his face and arms a bit because the arms seem warmer/more orange than the face.

Cool picture!

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I think this is one of my favorites so far! I agree with PP CC, his color is all over the place (orange on arm and hair, bule/gray on face)... maybe some masking on that image? Still VERY neat.

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Thanks for the feedback.

I'm not sure why his arms are so different in color from his face. He might have been under one of the strong lights above the ring.

I made a few changes and switched out the large cut out picture of him.

DH likes this one better.

I like them both well enough, but don't think this one will be printed.

Thanks again for the comments. I always appreciate it!

Best,
GiGi

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GiGi, I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really, this is freakin' awesome! I like the first picture better ... and as far as his arms, it actually looks like a reflection from the banner (because of the oranges used) and I wouldn't sweat it. I think it looks great!

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I like the first one better, too, just because I it seems to convey more action. The color looks better to me in the second one.

I hadn't thought about the lighting in the gym before, but I imagine it's a challenge to shoot in there. Do you have to deal with a lot of fluorescent lighting and such?

Question: How did you do the shadowing around his body? That's a cool technique that I might like to try sometime.

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Great job GiGi! I have to say, I always love your post b/c they are so different! Love the first pic!

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Thanks everyone!

First ... here's one more. I've been working late nights and this is how I stay awake. Wink

Now, for that shadow technique ... it's SUPER easy ...

I go into the layer where I have the extracted (cut out) picture and with the magic wand tool, I click on an area away from my subject to select all of the 'empty' space. Then I invert my selection. Next I move into a new layer (below the layer with the extracted image). Then I expand my selected area. I think for these examples, I expanded about 55 px. Then I feather my selection. In these examples, I feathered about 99 px. Next, I do a paint bucket fill with black in the selected area. and finally I set the opacity to about 30%.

In the 3rd example (this post), I also added a slight motion blur and applied a texture over it. I think I like this effect and I may use it again.

HTH!

GiGi

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I prefer the first image too, as far as which big pic you put in front of the collage. I like the desaturated color of your newest version too.

The black shadow could also be done with an all-around drop shadow too.

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Amy ... I've used the drop shadow plenty of times (I just didn't here). It's a great way to add a bit of depth to an extracted image like this.

Sometimes I like 'making' my own shadow so that I can really warp it and play with the effects, like adding textures, etc.

Best,
GiGi