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    Guardian of the warehouse.

    Playing around with digital composites. I took a separate shot of the batman toy and the background then composited them in Photoshop. Thank you very much for viewing.

    Guardian of the warehouse.

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Hey Willie,

    My initial reaction to this was that it is bloody brilliant! And in most respects I really think it is.

    Having looked at it for a bit though, I'm not entirely sure that the light rays precisely correlate with the lighting and shadows of Batman. I could be wrong there, but my feeling is that the light source is attached to the back wall, rather than a streetlamp on the edge of the pavement. Am I nit-picking too much here?

    I wanna see more of these though Willie, I think it's great!

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    Cool looking image Willie..

    I like how Batman has those "U" shaped hands, which to me look like old fashioned magnets..Batmagnets, perhaps?

    Got any "bad guys" you can include so there's some action?

    Mike

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by RockNGoalStar View Post
    Hey Willie,

    My initial reaction to this was that it is bloody brilliant! And in most respects I really think it is.

    Having looked at it for a bit though, I'm not entirely sure that the light rays precisely correlate with the lighting and shadows of Batman. I could be wrong there, but my feeling is that the light source is attached to the back wall, rather than a streetlamp on the edge of the pavement. Am I nit-picking too much here?

    I wanna see more of these though Willie, I think it's great!
    Thanks, Tommy. Batman was shot using my softbox positioned really up close. I painted a white cartolina with gray to make a gray backdrop. The other background was actually shot in broad daylight. I made it look dark and grungy in Lightroom then exported it in Photoshop. The other lighting effect (the ray of lights) was added during the post-processing to add some effect on the shot. Another experiment for me on post-processing. I'm glad you like it. I'll try to make some more next time.

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy View Post
    Cool looking image Willie..

    I like how Batman has those "U" shaped hands, which to me look like old fashioned magnets..Batmagnets, perhaps?

    Got any "bad guys" you can include so there's some action?

    Mike
    Thanks, Mike. Sorry, I don't have any other toy figurines near me except the lego ones. I hope I can find some when I scout at some yard sales this week.
    Last edited by jiro; 9th August 2011 at 08:52 PM.

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    i smiled when I saw this on your Flickr. Expertly executed an excellent bit of PP

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wirefox View Post
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    i smiled when I saw this on your Flickr. Expertly executed an excellent bit of PP
    Thanks, Steve. My kids are really laughing at it, too.

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by jiro View Post
    Playing around with digital composites. I took a separate shot of the batman toy and the background then composited them in Photoshop. Thank you very much for viewing.
    I really admire someone who can do this, this well. It's beyond me to even think how you would start to do it.

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    I really admire someone who can do this, this well. It's beyond me to even think how you would start to do it.
    Thanks a lot, Donald. I saw a tutorial doing this with human subjects. I studied it carefully and then used the same principle with my batman figurine. It worked!

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Do you get scolded for not putting the kids toys back in their proper place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    Do you get scolded for not putting the kids toys back in their proper place?
    Once in a while, John.

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Even look real LOL.

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Willie,

    Since they are filming the next Batman movie here in Pittsburgh, would you like me to print this and see if I can get Batman to sign it for you?

    Nice work... I really like it. I do agree with Tommy on the lighting, but I think unless you stare at it, it works. I think lighting and shadows will always be the tough part of shots like this.

    - Bill

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobobird View Post
    Even look real LOL.
    Thanks, Bobo. I really enjoyed working on this one.

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by ktuli View Post
    Willie,

    Since they are filming the next Batman movie here in Pittsburgh, would you like me to print this and see if I can get Batman to sign it for you?

    Nice work... I really like it. I do agree with Tommy on the lighting, but I think unless you stare at it, it works. I think lighting and shadows will always be the tough part of shots like this.

    - Bill
    Sure. By all means! There's always room for improvement for me. I'll reshoot batman and change the orientation of the softbox on the lighting setup. Thanks, Bill.

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    What a fun shot. I need to get myself some Lego

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by RockNGoalStar View Post
    Having looked at it for a bit though, I'm not entirely sure that the light rays precisely correlate with the lighting and shadows of Batman.
    I know what you mean! I run into the same issue when I try to replace a bland sky in a outdoor shot with one that is more interesting. Unless I'm careful when I select the replacement sky image the result can be very noticeable. I need to select a replacement sky that has compatible color tone, sun direction and height, shoot angle above the horizon, color temperature, time of day, etc. I'd expect the same kinds of issues apply here as well.

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by niallc99 View Post
    What a fun shot. I need to get myself some Lego
    If you don't have a prospective model to work on, Niall, miniature figurines are the way to go and learn about lighting.

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankMi View Post
    I know what you mean! I run into the same issue when I try to replace a bland sky in a outdoor shot with one that is more interesting. Unless I'm careful when I select the replacement sky image the result can be very noticeable. I need to select a replacement sky that has compatible color tone, sun direction and height, shoot angle above the horizon, color temperature, time of day, etc. I'd expect the same kinds of issues apply here as well.
    Thanks, Frank. I think I have to make some flags or barn doors for my softbox to control the spill. Another option would be to use a spot grid to selectively light up batman to mimic the light that I have added on the post processing. Iit would take some time to fabricate one but doable on my part.

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    Re: Guardian of the warehouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by jiro View Post
    If you don't have a prospective model to work on, Niall, miniature figurines are the way to go and learn about lighting.
    So who will be first with Action Man and Barbie?
    - for more naturally contoured faces for lighting of course!

    Nearly forgot, good shot - I was going to critique the way the head and hand merge into the background until the penny dropped that it is very 'in character' for it to be like this

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