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  1. bigalbest

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    I'm building an outdoor backdrop in my backyard. I'm building against the south wall because it is in shade all day. I put ivy in the planter (only grows in shade), excavated the ground and now will add a pave stone patio.

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    Started with a retaining wall. After I lay the pave stone patio, I plan on adding a couple runs of brick to the top of the wall and mounting trellis for the ivy to grow on.

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    This has been a lot of work but I think it will be worth it.

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    That's going to look sweet! :) I really like the curve on the patio.

    Did you do any post processing to the last 2 photos? They have that smooth surreal digital look I've been trying to figure out.. Or is it just from underexposing the ambient a bit?
     
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    Thanks andrew99, there is very little processing on these. The look I like is to balance ambient with strobes to get crisp colors and detail. Keep in mind these were shot in bright daylight at small apertures (f18-f22), with a powerful light. I start out at 1/160 and dial down to bring the ambient right where I want it.

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    Here is an example where I shot f20 at 1/100.

    I laid half the brick this morning and will do the rest tomorrow. I wore out a pair of gloves and can barely lift my arms, so hopefully I can finish by Saturday with any luck. I'll add more pictures when it's done.
     
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    Ok, cool, thanks for the tip. I have only hotshoe flashes (Vivitar 285HV's and an SB600), so maybe I don't have enough power. I have to experiment more, though. I'm jealous of your weather -- it's below freezing here in Canada, so not much fun shooting outside!
     
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    Almost there. :mrgreen:
     
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    Wow, you work fast!! This would have taken me a week! :D
     
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    That's awesome Alex!
     
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    Now we just need to get that ivy growing. I know some people at Wrigley that might have some ideas! Sorry, but I am such a huge Cubs fan, this is the only thing I think of when I hear ivy.

    It looks great Alex!

    -Nick
     
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    Maybe a little too fast, my hands and arms are shot.

    Thanks Christina. :D

    Thanks dtornabene1.
     
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    Wow, that was a lot of work but here it is. Wanted to set up lights this afternoon but the wind picked up so I did a little hdr.
     
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    Wow that looks really good...amazing job! I can't wait to see pictures with this background now.
     
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    Thanks mitsugirly, pictures coming soon... :mrgreen:
     

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