Taking the plunge and posting a pic (diving board shot)

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tialee's picture
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Taking the plunge and posting a pic (diving board shot)

I have been lurking for quite sometime. I feel like I understand ISO, aperture , and SS pretty well but I lack when it comes to editing. While taking this shot I was laying upside down on the diving board while my sons friend did a flip. I would take the shot then quickly whip my camera under my towel while I tried to keep myself from falling. People were saying things like ''look at the crazy lady'' and ''how much you wanna bet she falls in'' They really weren't saying that but man if looks could talk lol! Anyhow my point is I didn't have alot of time to get this right in camera. My question is do you think I could save this in lightroom or would it be better to head back to the lake? I tried a quick edit where I used a filter on the sky, sharpened the diving board and added shadows to the trees but dh said it looked fake and he was right. Like I said I am still learning when it comes to editing. This pic is sooc any advice before I spend all day in lightroom?
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Also, this is an older photo from my photobucket, have to find the settings.

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first off ... I'm glad to see you coming out of lurk mode! I hope you will continue to post here (& often)!

Now ... to the photo. Here is a quick play that I did in photoshop:

It is rough and needs a bit more work, especially around his head, but I wanted to show you the general effect I was going for here.

To me, the original shot looked fairly well exposed for the background/foreground, but not the jumper. He looked dark/under exposed. So I duplicated the background layer and modified the levels on the copy of the layer so that the jumper looked a little better defined. Then I did a selection all around him using the magnetic lasso tool. I inverted the selection and deleted from this top layer everything but the jumper. Then I flattened the image and saved.

A shot like this is incredibly difficult to get perfect in camera due to the high sun and the shadows that creates with you being underneath the action. So my guess is that some editing will always be necessary. A polarizing filter on your lens will help get the rich blues of the sky.

I'm not sure what else to advise unless you want to go the other direction from where I took this and make the jumper a complete silhouette, where you cannot see any detail in him. If this is the case, then exposing for your background and then placing yourself between the jumper and the sun will be the best way to get the desired effect.

HTH!

GiGi

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Wow GiGi! Great job!
Tia- I agree, this is a HARD shot to master! I took millions of my nephew this summer. I can only find one on my blog- but here's my example. I was lucky enough to have shade. The focus looks a bit off on yours, but it's still a neat shot!

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I think that with this one, because of the time of day that it was taken, it looks washed out. If you were to try this again, I would suggest waiting until there's shade covering your subject, or for it to be during the "golden hour" (1-2 hours before sunset or after sunrise). The light will be much more appealing, and you'll get some depth to your image.

This IS a really cool shot. You stopped the motion really well, because I don't see any motion blur. I do agree that the focus is slightly off. It's awesome that you were so willing to get in there and not care what people think to get the shot that you want. Sometimes I don't get exactly what I want because I'm worried what others are going to think of me, so I settle. So go you!

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GiGi, thanks for the play:) I agree that my sons friend is underexposed and I do have a polorazing filter just have not played with it yet. I told myself that no matter what I was coming out of lurk/stalk mode cause really it is the only was to get better. I love seeing the judo shots you take. My son is in mma so I ofter would look at your shots for ideas!

Sadie, Love the shot of your nephew. It makes me want to take another try at this one!

Stephanie, I did take a shot of my daughter doing a C jump (dance thing) at the golden hour and it did work out much better so if I do retry this one I will stay a little later.
As for being worried what people think I used to do that but then I would get home and say dang! I should have layed on the ground during this shot! I did ask the lady who was looking at me crazy if she wanted to see and I was suprised when she said sure. Once she seen the shot I was trying to get it she looked more interested in watching:) Atleast you had the guts to post on here. I have been lurking for years! lol
Really I wanted to know all the terms you were all talking about first so I got a few books a couple years ago and now it all clicks where i'm like OH, thats what they are talking about.
Thanks to all of you on here I was so inspired to get that carmera off auto mode!

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Glad we could help and draw you out of lurk mode, Tia! This board is definitely one of those where 'the more, the merrier' holds true!

BTW ... I have a lot of MMA pictures that I have done for some friends here in town who own an MMA gym. I'd be happy to share ideas, etc if ever you like. Just shoot me a PM.

Best,
GiGi

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Tia- KEEP POSTING! It will help you out so much. Trust me.