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Challenge: Superpowers II (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX Aspherical DG for Canon
Date: May 20, 2012
Date Uploaded: May 20, 2012

Well this one was quite a lot of work, started off going to Canary Wharf to get some building shots, the image consists of quite a few different shots merged together and then tons of various lens blur effects added to different layers and masked to try and give a nice DOV to the receeding buildings.

Once all the buildings were together I set about tone mapping them - didn't like the effect too much in Photomatix and decided to do some different edits in colour efex pro and a little Topaz. I then did a few Hue / Sat colour changes and some selective blurring to further the DOV effect.

The next step was to get my Step Son in to his morph suit - it's light grey and a bit baggy so I had lots of work to do in photoshop tidying up the creases and then painting it red and blue and adding the plastic webbing and creating the eyes. He had to sit on a small stool so we could get the legs in the correct position and again I used my wide angle lens to take the shot, pushing the rear arm away and making the foreground arm nice and big.

I did quite a lot of dodging and burning on the character and then on the web (using a different layer so that it was easier to work on the highlights and shading on the web as that was quite tricky).

To get the eyes I painted the shapes from scratch, did the inner eye parts separately and painted in the colours, then I blurred it, (over) sharpened it, smudged it, blurred it some more and rinse until the desired result was obtained.

Added a shadow - resized, highpass sharpen and added border.

I will upload pics of various stages once the voting is over if it does well enough to warrant it.

I had an alternative to this shot but this one I specifically set out to give a comic book type feel with subdued colours in the background and the DOV blurring etc.

Place: 7 out of 48
Avg (all users): 6.5280
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.1429
Avg (non-participants): 6.6392
Views since voting: 1756
Views during voting: 471
Votes: 125
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)

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06/03/2012 11:45:07 AM
amazing! Congrats. A ribbon winner in my book.
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06/02/2012 10:16:25 AM
Hello neighbor (looks up above). Congrats on the top 10! I am a little surprised at placement for I had thought this would be in the top 5. Thanks for posting the steps process; it is truly amazing what you can do in PP with the right pieces (pictures) to create the puzzle. In the voting stage, I thought you might have used a toy of Spiderman... very impressive that you had a live model in a morph suit (those things are creepy). Great work.

Message edited by author 2012-06-02 10:17:17.
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06/01/2012 03:08:20 PM
AWESOME work, Mark! Your steps post definitely changes the perspective on the final product. VERY impressive!
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06/01/2012 01:45:57 PM
Quite impressive!! Thank for the how to thread. :) Congrats on the tt.
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06/01/2012 12:00:12 PM
Well done! I'm surprised this didn't score higher, but congrats on top 10 anyway!
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06/01/2012 08:39:05 AM
i'll say that i honestly thought this was a staged prop shot.
kudos for creating this from nothing!
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06/01/2012 08:00:11 AM
The effect of the image and the processing is something I dream of achieving someday...
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06/01/2012 03:38:20 AM
Should of ribboned, seriously.
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06/01/2012 01:54:47 AM
Wow, kudos on creating the figure out of nothing. Quite impressive.
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06/01/2012 12:32:50 AM
Very surprised... I was sure this was going to ribbon. Your montage is awesome and the cartoonish colors are perfect for a Spiderman scene. In any case, congrats on the top ten.
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06/01/2012 12:06:11 AM
Congratulations on the well deserved top ten.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/31/2012 10:01:14 PM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

Spidey looks like he is ready to jump off the big screen. Great job with integrating Spiderman into the city scene backdrop. Very well done. My only critique, and it is a small one, is that I wish there was web starting to shoot out of his aiming hand in the bottom right. It would have just completed the scene and the action of swinging to the next location.
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05/31/2012 07:34:11 PM
Wonderful use of expert editing. (voted earlier)
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05/26/2012 02:29:07 AM
basically just copied a movie poster...
05/25/2012 10:38:27 AM
nicely done
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05/25/2012 08:50:49 AM
This is awesome. Very modern art feeling. I like it a lot.
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05/25/2012 02:14:18 AM
Classic superpower and well executed
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