Processing the Photo

Here is another video showing a bit of the processing process. I think that each photo is a bit different, and I like to show a bit of what goes on. You can see the decisions that make the final photo what it is. In a perfect world I would have had a bit of video of the actual shoot, but while traveling I was not thinking about that. I think that in the future I will have to make a video down here because it is a great way to go for a walk. I am glad that airports see the value in this type of art. It makes a boring walk a work of art.

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Post Processing Video

Above is a short video showing the long process of taking the three images that I made on the site of the Star Barn, and combining them into one HDR photo. This was a wide range of light that I did not fully comprehend on site. The human eye can see much more than the camera can. This should have been a 5 or 7 stop HDR photo, but I only used three. That required some work. I really wanted to post this photo so I worked a little harder to make it work.

 

Creating the Photo

I like the idea of showing the creative process from start to finish. For this photo I already had my tripod setup when I started the video. The main goal here was to show my shoot with the Lee Big Stopper. This was my first shoot with the filter, and I wanted to give a brief glimpse of what the filter can do. I had already set up the camera for the exposure. I metered with the filter off, and then I added 10 stops. I actually went 11 because I wanted an extra bit of data. From there the video begins. In the middle I had switched locations, but with the camera in aperture priority mode I put the filter on. I just wanted a visual of how dark the filter is. The video closes with my edit of the photo in Lightroom 5. As I get some more time to go out and explore I would like to make more videos like this one. Let me know if you enjoy it.

Story of the Photo

This is something that I have wanted to do for a while, but I just have not gotten around to figuring out the things needed to do it. I have not used iMovie very often, but it really is a great tool to make some interesting videos. I thought that instead of a purely processing video that I could show a little of the actual shooting. While making pictures at the Purdue Baseball game I saw the sun about to set. I threw on my 17-35mm lens to capture the event. As you can see in the video I was trying to squeeze the shot in to my game coverage so I initially was trying to shoot the sunset from the top of the concourse. I quickly realized that I needed to just make the picture that was in my mind. I went to the bottom to make the photo. I think part of the fun of a video like this is how it shows what the photo looks like before it goes through Lightroom. The HDR process really gives you some freedom in the program to crank some sliders. With the 32 bit file they have a lot of range to work with. I think that a video like this one could be great when I go out into the field to make some images at the potholes or another place that I like to make pictures at. This adds a little time to the process, but really it is not very much. It is kind of fun to look back at what I made in the end. Usually when I see an image I have an idea of what I want to do to it, but I really don’t know until I start to process the photo. I use similar tools, but the end product may change depending on how creative I am feeling that day. This will be a fun little project that I would like to continue for a little while at least. Let me know if you like it.

I really like the idea of making some videos showing exactly what goes into an event. I have already shown some snippets of shooting roller derby, but I thought I would show a quick video showing some of the post processing that is involved. It really seems glamorous shooting an event, but in this day and age more time is spent in front of the computer than actually at the event. I could dial in my settings and just use the jpeg files, but with lights overhead that are always changing you never know exactly what you are going to get. At an away bout I just take the essentials. I don’t have all my strobes with me so I shoot available light or with an on camera flash. That means that I need the power of the RAW file at times. When the flash doesn’t fire I still can recover the photo. A couple of those were keepers, and you can see me bring them back in the video. I don’t know how often I will do things like this, but it seemed like a cool video to make. The one thing that you will notice is the cropping. In landscape photography I do not like to crop. I move my feet to get the shot that I want. In sports though you really have no choice. I learned a lesson early on this year in that you shoot a little loose so that the unexpected moment does not jump out of the frame. In sports photography the crop tool is your friend.

During the two bouts I made around 1,750 images. Part of the video shows the process where the bad photos are weeded out, The good photos are then tagged with a white flag. Those images with the white flag are then what gets put up on Facebook or my web gallery when I am shooting for the school. This is probably the biggest amount of photos that I will edit at one time. I may try this again with a smaller batch of photos so that I can slow the video down a bit. I felt like seven minutes was pretty long as it was.

 

Photo of the Day

Saturday night I went down to Fishers, Indiana to photograph the Brawlin’ Dolls one last time. This is a bout that was very recently added, and I really did not even know about it until the day of the last home bout. This was a doubleheader with the Brawlin’ Dolls skating in game two. That meant that I had an entire bout to play around a bit before the bout where I needed to be a little more serious. I started trying some second curtain sync photos with decreasing shutter speeds. The photo above was taken at 1/20th of a second. That is the lowest that I could make good photos at, and those were few. When it works that low though you really get a great sense of motion. When I made this photo I knew that it was the best of the panning bunch. Derby photography is fun, but now the season is over. It is time to finish out the year at Purdue. All of those events happen this coming weekend. This blog will have few and far between sports posts until the fall when school starts back up, and Purdue gets going again.

Bonus Photos

As per usual with my sports photos I have included a couple of bonus shots here. You can see the full album by clicking this link to go to my Facebook page.


Processing Video

Below is a short video that I made showing the edits that go into my bout photos. I have thought about trying this for a while, and seeing a similar video this past week allowed me to see what I needed to do to make the video. The video was easy to make, and I was already processing the images anyway so why not give it a try? Because this was a doubleheader I had a lot of images to go through. The number was near 1,800. When I photograph for Purdue I rarely fill up one card. Saturday night I had five cards with images on them. It is a lot of photos, but with the quick nature of derby you have to make images when you think something is going to happen. Sometimes you are right, and sometimes you are not. I have not used iMovie very much, but it was pretty easy to put this together. I may try some other videos with it in the coming days.