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Final preparations


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This is way, way, away from my usual stuff.

I was able to go 'behind the scenes' at Leicester Lions Speedway about two years ago. One thing that struck me was the fumes and noise in the pits.

I feel that there is a good image in there somewhere but not sure I've got it with this one emoticon One particular problem (it seems to me) is that all the fumes mitigate against strong contrast

What I'm trying to get across is the noise (difficult in a still picture emoticon ) and fumes and how oblivious to it all were the 'regulars'.

All comments welcomed but I'd rather have a go myself at acting on any suggestions rather than someone actually editing the image, if that 's ok emoticon

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Re: Final preparations


I suspect you were caught between the devil and the deep blue sea here Chris, trying get both the guy in the foreground and the chap to the right in frame.
I say this because I would prefer to see just a little bit more of the 'leaning post' to the left so that the guy is not just leaning on the edge of the frame.
You certainly caught the fumed filled atmosphere/

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Re: Final preparations


I feel that the nearest chap could certainly run a bit darker, and is it not too 'silky', needs some 'grunge', perhaps some added grain.
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Re: Final preparations


Thanks for your comments and suggestions.

Can't now remember what I was trying to do but your comments make me think that if I were to have the same opportunity again then I would stand further back to allow a contrast between the fume filled pits and the general clearer area outside.

Adding grunge isn't something I normally think about so will give that a go.

Thanks to you both

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Re: Final preparations


Chris, and perhaps a little gradient top and bottom to darken the lead-in and pull the eye into the frame. I think you mentioned you have silverefex, very easy to do there, and there is a very adaptable grain engine. It just needs a bit of texture.

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Re: Final preparations


Thanks - at this stage specific suggestions like that are really helpful.

Yes I do have the Nik collection and one thing (amongst so many others) that I need to do is learn how to use it in a way that helps what I want to do.

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Re: Final preparations


OK - this is what it looks like having acted on the comments received.

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I like it more than the original - in particular as the fumes now have a stronger contrast at the top of the image.

Thanks for the help.



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This is looking better, though I think the tree has gone too dark, needs to be very subtle.

Regarding the foreground figure, I think he needs a slight structure boost, it might help pull him back into focus a little. In SEP click on 'Control Points', then on some point mid-man. You will see options to boost brightness, contrast and structure, just try fiddling with the sliders. The area of the control point can also be adjusted with the top slider. If you then click OK and find that you have gone too far, reduce the opacity of the layer back in PS, or you can delete the layer and start again.
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Thanks - will give it a go.

I'll also search Amazon for a 'subtlety' gene - I think that is the only way I will get some of this stuff emoticon

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