Christmas Delivery

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  1. smoke665

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    A friend this week reminded me it's only 14 weeks till Christmas..........WTH, I haven't even started Fall shots. Looks like I may be doing "all in one" shots this season. Anyhow DW got a new decoration that I thought would be a cool subject to work on light painting with with a small LED penlight.

    Pentax K1MII, FA 100mm macro, ISO 100, f/20, at 2 seconds. Normally I'd go with a slower shutter to give more time to paint, but the ornaments in the tree were lighted, any slower and I was losing the color. With the shutter on a timer/delay, I'd paint the truck with the light, one section at a time. The headlights were lit post using a new technique I was trying out. It's been a whole year since I did any snow post, so I'm a little rusty on it. Enjoy

    [​IMG]Christmas Delivery (1 of 1).jpg by William Raber, on Flickr


     
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    Have you built your Fall set yet? Or your Christmas set for the little one?
     
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    smoke665 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Not only have I not built either, but sadly I have no ideas, or motivation. Between the pandemic and family problems, its been a roller coaster year.

    I've had a couple of major projects put on hold this year, after spending considerable time in prep which has taken a toll on my motivation.

    How about you? Anything you're working on?
     
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    I just came up with a new decorating idea today. :)
     
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    Very cool love the snow effect.
     
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    smoke665 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Does it involve a truck? LOL

    Thank you. There are several different ways to add snow post depending on the type of snow you want. Here I wanted a blowing snow look so I used a white custom brush to paint randomly on a separate layer. Adding Gaussian blur adds to the effect.
     
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    Far to early to speak of such things. Bah humbug:D
     
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    Nothing yet this year. Not sure when we will see the grands and definitely not inside. I have my little set still up from Mardi Gras. I may do a Christmas theme with the pups. Not feeling it this year.
     
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    Yup. Hard to get excited. Think I've settled on my first fall set. Most of the props I have, the rest won't be hard to find or expensive.
     
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    I think this is awesome, Smoke. The lighting is dramatic and the snow effect is absolutely working. How much time would you estimate was spent in post and in the shot?
     
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    Thanks, it always amazes me at how much you can accomplish with a little LED flashlight. As to time I don't know, maybe a couple hours to set up, shoot, process and put everything away . I generally try to envision in my mind the final image before I start, so everything just falls in place as I go. The set is a piece of cotton batting laid over a wood block, so the truck is elevated slightly. That created the shadows you see in front. A piece of black foam core provided the background. Maybe a half dozen test shots to dial in my exposure (The decorations on the tree were battery powered LEDs that were a bear to keep from blowing out the highlights). Using a rolled up black paper snoot on the light gives you very precise control. From there its just a process of release the shutter, paint a section with light, and repeat as you work your way around the truck. Each of the images were aligned as layers in PS using auto align. A few adjustments, paint a snow layer, a little tone mapping, and it was done.
     
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    Excellent image.

    Nominated for POTM.
     
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