Challenge: The Oscars (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Feb 25, 2012
Date Uploaded: Feb 26, 2012
|Not exactly my favorite movie, but definitely a good one full of lust and twists. I'm wondering if people aren't going to connect the title to my image, but I think it works out pretty well. If I were designing a DVD cover for this movie, I would definitely short list this image. Here's a link to the movie, for those who haven't seen it: //www.imdb.com/title/tt0139134/
Yes, this is another fire shot for me. Two in a row seems like a bit of overkill, but playing with lighter fluid flames is a lot of fun. I spent four days of shooting doing just that ;)
I had two images for this challenge, both with a flaming rose. I asked my wife which she liked better, and she picked this one. So hopefully she's right. I do like the reflections and depth this image offers. Here is the outtake:
Lighting for this was a single flash in an umbrella to camera left. I was shooting through the umbrella, and narrowed it down (pulled it in) to tighten the light slightly. The flash was gelled by 1/4 CTO. The flame, of course, provided its own light.
* Retouch out a little bit of reflected glass edge
* Decrease exposure
* Increase recovery
* Increase black point
* Increase brightness
* Increase contrast and definition
* Increase saturation slightly
* Desaturate blue and lower vibrancy
* Topaz Adjust 5 and DeNoise
* White balance
* Increase saturation and vibrancy
* Dodge of part of the flame that was off color
* Blur parts of the flame that were over sharpened by Topaz
* Export as TIFF
* Sharpen Edges
* Save as JPEG
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