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Old 08-13-2012, 12:16 AM #22
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:00 AM #23
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Ya, not shooting has been killing me. And were right in the middle of bug season here! The twins are finally getting to where I can get a break every now and then. Hopefully more camera time to follow.

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Old 08-13-2012, 02:23 PM #25
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For about 2 weeks I've been working on making an underwater housing for my D800. I came across 2 watertight electronic cases at Dicks Sporting Goods. After some measuring I figure out that with 1 large and one small one, I could fit my d800 in one case, and my 50mm, 85mm, or 11-16mm in the smaller case. The process was fairly time consuming, I had bond the 2 together using epoxy and other sealants. After I fused them together I used a dremel to cut a hole between the 2 for the lens, after which I attached bolts to further strengthen the bond between the 2 pieces.

I only have control of the shutter/Autofocus due to my lack of mcgyver-ness, so if I need to change aperture or something I have to open the back side and make the necessary adjustments. I didnt have much of a problem though as I was shooting with strobes and pretty much kept the same settings the whole time.

I then added a pc sync cable that protrudes out the top, and extends poolside to a Pocketwizard to fire lights. That was a quick last minute decision before this shoot because everything I've read says radio frequencies are really spotty underwater.

I then spray painted the inside of the front compartment matte black to kill any reflections that might pop up. I cut out the front of the lens compartment and installed a piece of glass to reduce any sharpness loss that I would get from shooting through thicker plastic.

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The shoot lasted about 3 hours at a friend's pool. I hadn't seen the pool before that day, so it was a bit of a shock to see how big it was, but it also had an ugly texture to it that I wasn't expecting.

Lighting the subject were 2 broncolor heads into 1 pack. Keep in mind this was at around 2pm, and the sun was straight overhead with no cloud cover. These heads were putting out probably around 4000WS of light, which was just enough to overpower the sun, making it look almost like night time.






This is how dark I was able to make it by overpowering the sun.



I positioned the lights behind her, feathered forward to just rake across her and allow the background to fall off as much as possible. That gave a nice light that made her dress glow, and add just enough to illuminate her face.
From there it was pretty much just getting the right body, hair, and fabric positions to make it look like she was falling through the water.


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Old 08-13-2012, 02:33 PM #26
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Forgot we did this shot too while our model took a break

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Old 08-13-2012, 02:54 PM #27
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You hid the texture pretty well, super jealous of the broncolors!
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I actually had to drop out most of the background and replace it with gradients and some other texture layers
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messed around with lighting today. I'm gonna go out tonight and do some maternity for my wife as well as get some shots of new prints for my son. I just noticed top right corner...BD

The one thing I don't like about my area is that only every couple of weeks do we have cool cloud cover. During the summer it's always open blue skies and hot. Makes it awesome for star photos though. I need to do that soon.

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For those of you who shoot stars; dont forget tonight is the second night of the meteor shower
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For those of you who shoot stars; dont forget tonight is the second night of the meteor shower
our eastern sky is boring. Well landscape that is unless I was to travel onto the other side of Mt. Hood. The most activity night was Sat-Sun.
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is there a "best" location state wise to see them? or can you see them from anywhere
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I actually had to drop out most of the background and replace it with gradients and some other texture layers
For your composites do you just crop out with the pen tool or use a plugin or what? I've dabbled in composites but rarely bother because the pen tool just destroys me when it gets to hair unless it's completely straightened and everything.
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is there a "best" location state wise to see them? or can you see them from anywhere
rural area and then look east/northeast. You should see Venus, then the crescent moon, the Jupiter IIRC. What I've seen is that if you are where any light bleed from cities it would cut your chances by 60% in seeing some meteors.
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Bad *** Nathan. You knocked that one outta the park. Thanks for sharing. You should make an epic blog post a out it and send it in to all the major photo blogs, cheap DIY underwater housing...unless its been done before haha
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For your composites do you just crop out with the pen tool or use a plugin or what? I've dabbled in composites but rarely bother because the pen tool just destroys me when it gets to hair unless it's completely straightened and everything.
When I do editing at work I use the pen tool to outline objects. When I'm doing personal projects like the underwater one I just use the lasso tools. I have a wacom which makes life 500% easier..
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I've found I can do most basic stuff with the quick selection tool and the refine edges dialogue. If I've got really detailed stuff I use a quick mask and brushes, just kind of a personal preference thing as I've never really gotten on well with the pen or lasso. I've got a Wacom myself (one of the basic ones) and it does make life a lot easier. I've been considering getting one of the bigger ones, but I really don't have the real estate on my desk, and I really only use the wacom for detail work so it seems like it would be a waste of capital.
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I have a wocom at work that does make things easier as well, maybe I just don't have enough patience for that kind of thing.
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I use a medium intuous 3 at home and a medium intuous 5 at work.

I've entirely replaced my mouse with my wacom. Using it day in and day out for everything definitely helps you get better with it. 36 megapixels doesnt hurt editing wise either.

If anyone wants the .PSD to play around with the layers, I can work on uploading it.
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