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    Day 5 of 365 (Year Three)

    Week 103 Assignment 1 for Take A Class With Dave and Dave.

    Clones - It's been a while since we last did this one...more of an editing assignment than a photography assignment, but this is digital photography after all. Challenge yourself and have fun with this one.

    I never seem to be able to agree with myself on anything.

    EDIT: After receiving several questions about this shot, I put this together to help answer them.

    Jesús Gutiérrez Gómez, Lady Pandacat, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Steffe 117 months ago | reply

      Superb. I had this in mind for my 365 last year but couldn't get it right.

    2. Cayusa 117 months ago | reply

      That it did. A big pain, but the end result was worth it.

      Having a place holder works wonders. I actually marked the table with gaffers tape so we knew where our elbows should be on each side. Kathy would hold her arm as still as possible while I changed shirts and then I'd put my arm at the middle of the table, perpendicular to the "action" with my other hand marking the height of the grip and she'd switch sides and grasp my arm from the other side. I'd then slide in and grip her hand. It would have been better if her hand was more my size, but all in all it turned out pretty well. Without here there I don't think I'd have had an easy time with getting the hands in the right position. I can't imagine having to try it without a place holder.

    3. Ann Rob 117 months ago | reply

      Stunnily executed - BTW, my money's on you! ;-)

    4. Cayusa 117 months ago | reply

      That's a pretty safe bet as I usually kick my ass and win! LOL

      Thanks!

    5. mkgphotoatgmail 117 months ago | reply

      dude, when were you in my house?

      i have that tv tray.

      internal struggles often manifest themselves in obvious ways, eh?

    6. Cayusa 117 months ago | reply

      Very late last night I snuck in and stoled them! LOL

    7. fromky 117 months ago | reply

      Super lighting. Insane idea. A tip of the hat to ya---well, the one of ya that won, anyway!

    8. Cayusa 117 months ago | reply

      Thanks! That would be me (although I was accused of cheating by me). LOL

    9. DrowningOphelia 117 months ago | reply

      Wow, this is really great! o.O

    10. JoshEEE 117 months ago | reply

      This is a good image, I had to study it to figure out how you did it, and even then, I didn't quite understand the whole "Stunt hand" thing.

    11. Cayusa 117 months ago | reply

      By "stunt hand" I am assuming you mean the place holder. In order to the the hands to match up and look more or less natural, I had to be gripping another hand which is hard to do when there is only one of you. By having Kathy stand in as my alternate self I could position my hand more naturally. Then, in order to keep the gripped hands in more or less the same spot in the camera's eyes, Kathy had to remain in position while I changed. To further keep the hands in the same approximate position I stood with my back to the camera, and placed my arm in line with where her hand was and gently laid my arm in the middle where the hands would grip and used my other hand, pressed against my arm, to mark the height of the grip. I stayed in place while Kathy moved to the other side of the table and placed herself in the spot that I had vacated after the first shot. She then placed her hand in the spot I had marked with my arm and hand and then I took up the position she had just vacated and we joined hands again. I then edited her out of the shot and joined myselves together.

      Trying to get the hands to look natural and matching up the height of the grip without a lot more photoshopping would have been near impossible. Eyeballing it for a shot like this just wouldn't have worked. Even with the steps I took I had to edit the table a bit to line the two shots up. The hands matched up almost perfectly though. If I hadn't used Kathy as a place holder, then my grip would have been too high or too low or to far to one side or the other and then the elbows on the table wouldn't have looked right.

      I hope that helps clear up the process for you. If there is something particular you still don't get, just let me know and I'll try to clarify it for you.

    12. MIchael.Killingbeck 117 months ago | reply

      Now just imagine if you would have put a third self in there as the ref getting you ready to start (i.e. holding your hands in the middle position) LOL

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      Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

    13. Cayusa 117 months ago | reply

      If I had more room I would have. As it is, it would have been to busy, plus I would have had to PS in the stripes for the ref shirt as I don't have one of those (yet).

      Thanks!

      Thank you.

    14. .Paul J Hunter. 117 months ago | reply

      Another great photo! I think I need to add you as a contact to keep up with this year's 365 :)

      In fact, I'll do that now...

    15. Meelifluous 117 months ago | reply

      ooh, a stand-in. How does that work? sorry, i just read it.

    16. Cayusa 117 months ago | reply

      Thanks!

      Hopefully this will help.

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