Speed demon at Le Tour de France London 2007

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    One rider on a timed lap. Once the time trials got going this was the only angle I got through the crowd but I thought I'd have a play in PS. It's not perfect but I'm happy with the result after my first try.

    I tried the new Quick Selection tool in PS CS3 but wasn't good enough in this situation so I manually selected the rider and all the little holes, added a motion blurred layer of the image, loaded the selection them rubbed over the rider to clear the rider but keep the bg blurred.

    What I'm not happy with is the slight "glow" around some edges, e.g. his arms, not sure what I did wrong there, too much feathering? Also I wanted to add radial blurs to the wheels to give them a spinning look but the layers in PS got me confused so I gave up for the moment.

    For the best of the Tour de France photos head here.

    And for a quick report on the day and the rest of the pics, head over to my .letourdefrancelondon2007 set.

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    This photo is part of my .photography set on flickr.





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    1. Kol Tregaskes 82 months ago | reply

      Ta very much. :-)

    2. Lord Strobey 82 months ago | reply

      I'm sorry, but I always prefer it when this is done on the camera.

    3. Kol Tregaskes 82 months ago | reply

      I know what you mean, I didn't have the option to do this with the very limited window that I could see through the crowd. I think this, though, gives a different effect. :-)

    4. Borry209 82 months ago | reply

      I rarely ever like after photo enhancements, as in never before this :P, but in this case it was well done. To be honest even the rider I'd bet would like this. The original just makes him look slow and the audience doesn't seem to be paying much attention to the guy, a few seem to be posing for the shot :P

    5. Kol Tregaskes 82 months ago | reply

      Thanks, I'm trying not to over do the enhancements (as I have in some photos). I did it for a bit of fun and to learn Photoshop, it could be better. LOL, yeah some are looking down the track for the next rider I guess, though there was at least 30 seconds in between each rider.

    6. Kevin.Chang2 81 months ago | reply

      STOP Photoshop....

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    7. Kol Tregaskes 81 months ago | reply

      LOL, if I could pan the camera I would but like I said this was impossible - I had a small pocket to view through, most shots had heads in the way, panning was not an option. Cool pic!

    8. G & M [deleted] 80 months ago | reply

      Great shot. Speed just right to get blur in the spokes and still freeze the rider.
      A ha.. I just read the full story, it's a great edit.

    9. fexy01 (away for a while) 77 months ago | reply

      Great shot. I understand the difficulty of catching just the right shot when one has to contend with the crowds. I like what you've done in PS. I prefer a pan with the camera, but this works very well. Nicely done.
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    10. Kol Tregaskes 77 months ago | reply

      Thank you again!

    11. annais 58 months ago | reply

      excellent work !

    12. Kol Tregaskes 58 months ago | reply

      Thank you very much! :-)

    13. Mr Din 56 months ago | reply

      very nice panning!!!!

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    14. RW Events Phototography 55 months ago | reply

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    15. Kol Tregaskes 55 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the invite, Roger. :-)

    16. Florian David [deleted] 42 months ago | reply

      stop photoshop! Try to make him from the recording

    17. Kol Tregaskes 42 months ago | reply

      As you can see the original was a very average photo. The original needed to be better to avoid Photoshop.

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