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#1 Sailjunkie

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 12:59 AM

Halloween?  Halloween?  Yeah, I know that it's the end of November.  However, the US Thanksgiving holiday gave us a chance to re-shoot assignments; or make up assignments that we might have missed.  We were celebrating our 40th Anniversary at the end of October, and I missed the October 31st assignment.

 

This particular assignment was to illustrate an article on the Origins of Halloween.  The challenge was to shoot to a preset magazine layout.  In addition we had to consider the placement of the headline, and take care not to place objects on the centre of the page.  We also had use leading lines to ensure that readers be attracted to the text on the right hand side. 

 

 

I would love to tell you that this was shot right completely in the camera, but it's a composite of two images plus text.

 

Halloween-1-L.jpg

 

I shot the pumpkin and the leaves on one shot.

 

ISO 64

24-70 @ 42mm

1/125

f10

 

I used both strobes for this, at minimum setting.  I don't normally include a behind-the-scenes shot, but this might be a good time to make an exception.

 

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Not the greatest shot, but you get the idea.

 

The ghoul is actually only one shot.

 

ISO 64

24-70 @ 35mm

1/100 sec

f11

 

Then I used Photoshop layers, to turn one ghoul into three.  Then I merged the two files and positioned the three ghouls.

 

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The final step was to merge the composite image with the separate text file.  Voila!  

 

During class, Don suggested that I clean up a small blemish on the pumpkin; and do some burning on the leaves at camera right.  This is the final product.

 

When I started this assignment, I was worried that my rusty Photoshop skills would cause problems.  While this "pushed" me, I needn't have worried.  Don and the entire Project 52 community are so supportive.  Come to think of it, kinda like Planet Nikon!  :)

 

I love this course!  Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)

 

 


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 02:20 AM

Very well done, Mark!

 

It so reminds me of my setups! :lol: Masters of improvise.  I also see you like using foam core boards.  They are excellent for reflecting light and dirt cheap at the dollar store.


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 03:26 AM

Wow... well done Mark.. very professional.


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 01:37 PM

Very professional. Gear shot and work

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 01:41 PM

Very well done, Mark!

 

It so reminds me of my setups! :lol: Masters of improvise.  I also see you like using foam core boards.  They are excellent for reflecting light and dirt cheap at the dollar store.

 

Many thanks, Art.  You're correct about the foam core boards.  They make great fill cards or flags.  The added treat is that Dollarama sells them even cheaper than Walmart.  :lol:


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 01:42 PM

Wow... well done Mark.. very professional.

 

Thank you, Peter.  :)


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 01:43 PM

Very professional. Gear shot and work

 

Thank you, Dennis.  It really helps that Don is a great teacher; and that the Project 52 community is so supportive.  :)


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Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:39 PM

Well done Mark!!!!!! As mentioned very professional.

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 10:15 PM

Very nice, Mark...


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Posted 02 December 2018 - 02:07 PM

Well done Mark!!!!!! As mentioned very professional.

Jim

 

Thank you, Jim.  :)


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Posted 02 December 2018 - 02:08 PM

Very nice, Mark...

 

Thank you, Robin.  :)


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