Under My Umbrella - Day 184 of Project 365

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    Today was one of those days where lots of little problems all came at me at once. So today's photo tries to symbolise that feeling, I've had this idea rumbling around in my head since November, so tonight I decided to give it a go.

    I wanted to do this as one 30 second exposure, but in the end I had to resort to two cloned pics. I was very close but the background light was starting to fog the picture. I will probably have a go at something similar on a darker night.

    Lightroom: White balance the shots, one to tungsten and one to flash, export to Photoshop.

    Photoshop: Drop both pictures into separate layers on the same image, erase parts of the top layer to show the layer below, clone another sparkler trail into a gap, clone out bits of the background where the sky was showing, increase saturation, tweak brightness and contrast, USM sharpen, save to JPG.

    Strobist: 580exii handheld @ 1/2 pointing upwards into the umbrella. The flash was fitted with a stoffen and the bounce card was extended to try and minimise the spread of light on the ground.

    Setup shot and more info here

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    1. [¯Ô¯] Andy C 63 months ago | reply

      Very cool. (seen on 365 community blog)

    2. Leviticus Web 63 months ago | reply

      Looking good, nice work. Seen in Manc strobist group. Us Manc strobists need to get together sometime when it gets a little warmer.

    3. Judi FitzPatrick Studio 63 months ago | reply

      Wow, this is amazing. Your work is very cool!

      http://365-community.blogspot.com/2009/02/safe-from-sparks-under-his-umbrella.html (?)

    4. Jonosay 63 months ago | reply

      This is incredible, brilliant work!

    5. Robczn 63 months ago | reply

      Totally superb - love your photos

    6. Fundingo 63 months ago | reply

      This is fab, really creative and a strking image

    7. Laney Scott (migrated to blipfoto) 63 months ago | reply

      This is a fantistic shot! Very creative!!

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Lighting, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. charliephoto 63 months ago | reply

      this is amazing

    9. Ganesh Ramalingam 60 months ago | reply

      amazing and creative!!!

    10. MickRheault! 60 months ago | reply

      well done !! your photostream is great !

    11. mr.beaver 58 months ago | reply

      amazing shot, great work!

    12. serametin 54 months ago | reply

      wow... thks for the detail info on the set-up. a very creative shot.

      Seen in your archives. (?)

    13. {katie} 53 months ago | reply

      this is a brilliant idea.

    14. laura peta 53 months ago | reply

      great job ! love the composition!

    15. Cyclops Nikki 40 months ago | reply

      this is beyond inspiring.... I love the idea, it's quite an imaginative use of sparklers. And thank you for detailing the setup (though quite a number of people have told you that^^_)

      Kudos on a wonderful wonderful pic!

    16. shunvision 36 months ago | reply

      great idea!

    17. Pookie-girl 30 months ago | reply

      That's really a great one !!!
      Gratulations !

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