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Trying things out – Still waiting on the print head

Richard Charpentier Notes from Rich 5 Comments

Well, yesterday I caught up with client files, my files, and book work.  And then I found myself pondering what to do what to do.  With the print head out of commission no printing occurred.

The print head didn’t arrive last night either.  It should be here soon though.  Then I can get back to work.

So, what did I do toward the end of the day?  Played with compositing once again.  Here’s what I did……..

I literally shot this spot in the alley yesterday.

HDR'd the alley image, tossed it into Photoshop, and grunged it up some more

Clipped Mags out from the shoot the other week here at the studio

Went completely crazy with OnOne's Photo Tools


Yup, just toyed with ideas for a bit.  Still learning all about compositing, and toying with concepts.  Honestly, it was nice to have a little time to play!  🙂

Well, the print head will be here soon, so back to the grind.  Hope you enjoyed my little series of boredom images…….  🙂

Comments 5

  1. I’ve really enjoyed following your progression with creating composites, Rich, so thanks for all the posts. That being said, something still doesn’t quite jive about this final composite; it’s so subtle that I don’t know if there’s actually anything wrong with it or if it’s just that my knowledge of it being a composite makes me *think* there’s something a little off…
    The only thing I can identify that might cause that tiny note of discord relates to perspective: I had to think about it for awhile, but it looks like the background was shot at a much wider angle than was Mags. I don’t even know if there’s an easy way to distort something in Photoshop to match a given focal length, but I wonder if that would satisfy my subconscious mind’s suspension of belief when I see this.
    Love reading your blog and seeing your work, and I’d like to hear your take on what I’ve said!

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    Hey Michael!

    Yeah, this one is off to me as well. The location was actually shot with the same lens, same length and everything as Mags. However, the angle used on Mags vs the alleyway was different.

    And yes, you can in fact correct perspective in Photoshop. Still toying with this one. I’ve got a much better version on the home machine, but of course it’s on the home machine. 🙂

  3. Let’s see it! Pop it up here when you get a chance…

    Wow, you know, It’s amazing how deeply subconscious our visual cognition is. My brain tells me something’s not quite right with that picture, but when I try to troubleshoot it my conscious mind’s suggestions are kind of a crapshoot… apparently professional compositing requires a lot more skill/knowledge than I would have guessed! 🙂

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    Yeah, compositing takes a ton of skill. I’ve been looking around at some of the big names, and man they’re good. Still learning here. I’ll get the knack eventually. It’s all about learning every day!

    Want to see some super cool stuff? Check out James Quantz and Joel Grimes. Two people who really blow me away!

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