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Snow...No Snow...No Shoot? Nope. Indoors!

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  • Snow...No Snow...No Shoot? Nope. Indoors!

    The final image...
    Assignment48-025-Edit_flickr.jpg

    The dilemma...
    Need to shoot for the subject "Baby, its cold outside!". Ok, got a great idea in mind for a fun outdoor shoot. What could go wrong? Its Wisconsin. Its Winter. Its January. Right? Wrong. Its Sunny. Its in the 50's. It rained. Seriously. I couldn't shoot a winter shot in Wisconsin in the winter. Now what?

    Punt.

    Photoshop it!

    So, I took a photo I shot a few years ago in my driveway. We had snow. It was cold. Cool, I can work it. Then I got my granddaughters suited up in my meager studio for a shoot. I only had about 20 minutes of shoot time, even with the AC running. Yea, you heard right. Air Conditioner in Wisconsin in the Winter. If it wasn't real it would make a hell of a joke punch line huh?

    So, here are the pieces of the puzzle...
    Assignment48-Pieces_flickr.jpg

    The layer palette looked like this:
    Assignment48-Layers
    From the bottom up...

    Background Group:
    Layer 8 - the cropped portion of my driveway
    Layer 26 - White. To lighten the bg. Opacity set really low
    Levels 4 - Creates the haze/softness at the top
    Blue Cast - A levels layer that adjusts the blacks to give them a blue cast
    Layer 6 - Sampled from the skin, used to colorize the whites (soft light, with layer blending)
    Layer 7 - Sampled from the skin, used to colorize the blacks (soft light, with layer blending)
    Backgrround blur - The stacked background with a layer mask and a lens blur to simulate DOF
    Levels 2 and Curves 1 - Final thouchup adjustments for matching background to girls

    Background snow - Has 4 layers of the simulated snow (each blurred slightly more to simulate distance)

    Girls Group:
    Girl Image - Cut out but not otherwise altered (backup, hidden)
    Girl Image - Retouched and cleaned up girl image with cutout mask
    Levels 1 - Initial levels adjustment for the girls
    Layer 5 - Sampled from the background, used to colorize the whites (soft light, with layer blending)
    Layer 4 - Sampled from the background, used to colorize the blacks (soft light, with layer blending)
    Photo Filter 1 - Cooling gel. Used for the blue cast on the girls to match the background
    Levels 2 - Used to match the girls to the background (darks and lights and blue cast)
    Layer 26 - Also used as a whtewash
    Folder mask - Used to clip the bottom of the boots and shovels to make it look like they are standing in snow.

    Foreground snow - Has 4 layers of the simulated snow (each blurred slightly more to simulate closeness to the camera)
    Nikon D7000 | D70 | SB-910 | SB-700
    Nikon 24-70 /f2.8 | 35 /f1.8g | 18-105 /f3.5-5.6
    Tamron 70-200 /f2.8
    Pocket Wizard FlexTT5/PowerMC2/Sekonic L-478DR, Einstein 640

    flickr | wolfiesden.com

  • #2
    looks great! My husband is always asking me why I'm out taking random shots of trees, and clouds, and textures, and such---I should show him your work and say THIS is why I have that random collection of stuff
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    • #3
      This is an AMAZING composite image!! Wow... Excellent job! thank you for explaining how you did it!
      Rich Spears www.rspearsphotography.com
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      Nikon D3s, D700, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8, 85mm 1.8

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      • #4
        Well done!!
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        • #5
          excellent work. snow looks quite believable.
          "They call me Bruce."
          www.brucebphotography.com

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          • #6
            Very nice job!! Looks like a fun little project
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            • #7
              Great job.....
              Scott
              Nikon D700, D300, 50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8, 105mm f2.8, 28-75 f2.8, 35-70 f2.8, 80-200 f2.8

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              • #8
                Amazing job! You created a fantastic atmosphere from "nothing"!

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                • #9
                  Thanks everyone for the kind comments. Learning and practicing, and hopefully getting better.

                  Originally posted by mshockley View Post
                  looks great! My husband is always asking me why I'm out taking random shots of trees, and clouds, and textures, and such---I should show him your work and say THIS is why I have that random collection of stuff
                  Exactly. I hear so many people saying they delete their non-keepers. I don't, I consider them my private photo stock. You never know what you may end up doing with it days, weeks, months or in this case, years later. Clip a bush from this one. Grab a cloud from that one. Use another as a color modifier for something else. Unless its totally black or totally blown out, I keep it generally.

                  The way I think about it, the better I get at photoshop, the more stock images I have, without taking another photo
                  Nikon D7000 | D70 | SB-910 | SB-700
                  Nikon 24-70 /f2.8 | 35 /f1.8g | 18-105 /f3.5-5.6
                  Tamron 70-200 /f2.8
                  Pocket Wizard FlexTT5/PowerMC2/Sekonic L-478DR, Einstein 640

                  flickr | wolfiesden.com

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                  • #10
                    Wow, a lot of work went into that. Great result. You created a nice family memory.
                    Zafar
                    Nikon D300s, Nikkor 50mm F1.4G, Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 VC, Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8, Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 VC, Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6, Nikon SB 900
                    Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/zafarsami/

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                    • #11
                      Very well done... It is really clever that you showed first the final image. When i saw it i said to myself "Ok it looks perfect, what settings did he use?" and then i realized that it is not one picture, not one layer... This is stunning!

                      Well done!
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                      • #12
                        Wow, amazing job. Thank you for sharing your layering process. The final result is stunning.
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