….He didn’t care much for my comment and kindly asked me to leave.This morning I decided I would try my luck at another train station, but this time I had a good look around for any signs suggesting photography wasn’t allowed.
After a few minutes searching I gave myself the green light and knowing full well that a camera on a tripod would most likely alert the security chaps in the CCTV room, I made sure my position was safe, and out of the way of the immediate passengers.
My objective was to capture enough images for me to use in a digital composition represented motion.So what did I do?
First up I set my camera to take 3 consecutive shots using the Bracketing mode. I observed the first train so that I could gauge speed, and adjust my positioning and angle, after a quick review of the images in camera, the next rain arrived shortly afterwards.I quickly setup the exposure range and started to fire of the first set of shots. Then within a few seconds I increased the exposure range slightly and clicked away.
Over a 30 second time period I captured enough images to cover a range from as low as -2 upto +2
Back at the office, and with a hot cup of coffee, I reviewed my images and selected the following.
|f4.5, ISO100, 28mm (exposure 1/30, 0.3, 0.4)|
There is not too much difference and I’m happy I captured a good range of motion blur.The top left image is my stationary image focusing on the logo.
Within Adobe Bridge I loaded my 4 raw images directly into Photoshop as layers. I then labelled each layer using their exposure values for easy identification when processing.
The Photo containing the logo was set as the top most layer and I manually aligned it by setting the layer opacity to 30% and using the transformation tool.I then took the darkest image and placed this at the bottom of the layer and set my two mid/highlight images to Luminosity.
Within the Midtone layer I added an adjustment curve with a gradient fill mask, this way the lower part would be adjusted and leave the top part as is.
Then popping back to the logo layer, I created another mask layer and brushed out all except the logo. I used a variety of brush sizes and strength ranging between 25% to 75% flow. This way I reduced the chances of any hard edges showing and kept some motion blur inside the logo.
Finally I merged the exposure layers with the logo layer and tweaked further through the use of some dodge, burn and sharpen. The one last final layer merge followed by a colour tweak across the blues and yellow.
|Digital Composition (4 images blended)|
Not having my Wacom tablet at work makes life a tad hard when fine tuning but when I have some more time I might re-work this image again.