Assignment #16: Specular highlights

NikolaiNikolai Darth SLRPosts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
edited June 5, 2012 in Assignments
OK, pannin' n' blurrin' turned out to be pretty tough, didn' it? :wink

Let's drop technical difficulty down a notch and concentrate on something what is sometimes considered to be a defect: specular highlight.

Sun "stars", reflected or direct, a bright street light in a dark alley - well, your imagination is the limit.

As always: fresh pictures only, moderate PS is OK.
For the rest of the basic rules and index please check out this sticky.

Let's highlight!
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  • anwmn1anwmn1 Wandering the Desert Posts: 3,453Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 25, 2006
    Just for Clarification
    We are looking for reflection of light correct? Like these?

    Clouds Reflecting
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    Cardinal Stadium Roof on 1927 Ford
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    More Recent Sun Star
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    I'll find more. Just wanted to be sure I am on the right track.

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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 25, 2006
    Aaron,
    anwmn1 wrote:
    We are looking for reflection of light correct? Like these?
    Clouds Reflecting
    Cardinal Stadium Roof on 1927 Ford
    More Recent Sun Star
    I'll find more. Just wanted to be sure I am on the right track.
    Aaron

    Clouds: no, they are just light, but it's possible and often desirable to salvage them.

    Roof: the windows - yes, as well as some chrome refelection

    Sun star: yup, can't get any brighter (unless you're in a ground zero of the nuclear blast, but this may fry your CCD anyway:-)

    Good luck!thumb.gif
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  • douglasdouglas ShOoT tO tHrIlL Posts: 696Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 25, 2006
    Fun with candle light.

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    Best regards,
    douglas
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 25, 2006
    Douglas,
    douglas wrote:
    Fun with candle light.

    Great entry, as always! thumb.gif

    Although I think the reflections on the left "steal" the attention, I'd clone them out, what do you think? headscratch.gif
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  • douglasdouglas ShOoT tO tHrIlL Posts: 696Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 25, 2006
    Nikolai wrote:
    Great entry, as always! thumb.gif

    Although I think the reflections on the left "steal" the attention, I'd clone them out, what do you think? headscratch.gif

    Thank you Nik. I considered cloning them out but I thought maybe they were "specular highlights" So I left them in for assignment subject reasons. Although I agree removing them which would be very easy in this shot, I think would make a better photograph.
    Best regards,
    douglas
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 25, 2006
    Douglas,
    douglas wrote:
    Thank you Nik. I considered cloning them out but I thought maybe they were "specular highlights" So I left them in for assignment subject reasons. Although I agree removing them which would be very easy in this shot, I think would make a better photograph.

    Those reflections are pretty dark, and as such, do not consitute the "specular highlights", which, by definition, are expretmely bright areas one should ignore while balancing the image.
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 25, 2006
    Sun reflection
    Specular highlights on the car:

    112740699-L.jpg

    Taken about 15 minutes ago...
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  • douglasdouglas ShOoT tO tHrIlL Posts: 696Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 26, 2006
    Shot this one moments ago...

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    Best regards,
    douglas
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 26, 2006
    Douglas,
    douglas wrote:
    Shot this one moments ago...
    Cool idea! thumb.gif
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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalPosts: 6,181Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 26, 2006
    Four Specular Lights
    Curious how CPF behaves here. Later I'll post those experiments.
    These pictures were shot in the garden and right in front of the house.
    It's not my car.
    Is it well done, Nik ?
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 26, 2006
    Antonio,
    Curious how CPF behaves here. Later I'll post those experiments.
    These pictures were shot in the garden and right in front of the house.
    It's not my car.
    Is it well done, Nik ?

    They are all a propos, but the first two are awesome! thumb.gif clap.gif
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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalPosts: 6,181Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 26, 2006
    Nikolai wrote:
    They are all a propos, but the first two are awesome! thumb.gif clap.gif

    Thank you Nikolai.

    In all the photos I was controlling the reflections because I was using a CPFilter.
    As I moved I could get the sun, or avoid it.
    In the car for example I moved 2 or 3 times not to get the sun too strongly.
    The same happened on the 3.ed picture.
    Myself I think the 2.ed picture is too flat under an aesthetic point of view.

    I hope to be able to shoot more soon.

    All the best.
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  • photodougphotodoug Major grins Posts: 870Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 26, 2006
    red only seen when the light refracts just so....

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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 26, 2006
    Doug,
    photodoug wrote:
    red only seen when the light refracts just so....

    With all due respect, I don't see any assignment subject herene_nau.gif
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  • ShimaShima k3npo Austin, TXPosts: 2,543Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 26, 2006
    This picture was taken a few days before the assignment was posted, but I have way too many papers to write this week for grad school to go running outside midday presently to take a new one (with my now new camera, still had the old camera at the beginning of this week).

    Taken in my dad's backyard back on Long Island on the 21st with my Canon Powershot Pro1.

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    I realize it's overly centered, but that's what happens when you're just shooting for fun and not the actual assignment, if I make some headway on these papers tonight (as is the plan if I stop procrastinating on here) then I'll finally get to take the new Rebel I got last night out into some natural light for some fun :)
  • photodougphotodoug Major grins Posts: 870Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 26, 2006
    Nikolai wrote:
    With all due respect, I don't see any assignment subject herene_nau.gif
    yea, I'm pushing the definition. The red spots are highlights that only refract when the light is just right....suppose it missed the mark.

    and this isn't allowed, right?

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  • ShadowHawkShadowHawk Big grins Posts: 31Registered Users Big grins
    edited November 26, 2006
    douglas wrote:
    Shot this one moments ago...

    My condolenses to see you have a Windows ME disk. :cry

    I can only hope you are now running 2000 or XP or something better?? :D
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  • ShimaShima k3npo Austin, TXPosts: 2,543Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 26, 2006
    ShadowHawk wrote:
    My condolenses to see you have a Windows ME disk. :cry

    I can only hope you are now running 2000 or XP or something better?? :D

    Oh man, I hadn't noticed that it was indeed an ME disk... I too would like to offer my condolenses (as one who works for the Geek Squad and fixes computers on a daily basis). When someone walks in with an ME computer, I immediately start walking them over to the Computers department... x.x

    Regardless though, it's an awesome shot :)
  • ShadowHawkShadowHawk Big grins Posts: 31Registered Users Big grins
    edited November 26, 2006
    Shima wrote:
    When someone walks in with an ME computer, I immediately start walking them over to the Computers department... x.x

    That was nice of you.. whenever I saw a person with a ME computer, I usually just unloaded both barrels of a shotgun into the case and told the shocked owner that it was for the best!! mwink.gif

    Anyway I am getting offtopic... it was a nice photo! An interesting viewpoint. :) thumb.gif
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 27, 2006
    Shima,
    Shima wrote:
    This picture was taken a few days before the assignment was posted, but I have way too many papers to write this week for grad school to go running outside midday presently to take a new one (with my now new camera, still had the old camera at the beginning of this week).

    I hope now that the papers are done you can go out and bring something fresher?mwink.gif
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  • douglasdouglas ShOoT tO tHrIlL Posts: 696Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 27, 2006
    ShadowHawk wrote:
    My condolenses to see you have a Windows ME disk. :cry

    I can only hope you are now running 2000 or XP or something better?? :D

    Lol thats to funny, I was wondering if someone would have a simalar remark, I hated Win ME! Glad to have XP now!
    Best regards,
    douglas
  • douglasdouglas ShOoT tO tHrIlL Posts: 696Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 27, 2006
    Taken tonight...

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    Best regards,
    douglas
  • ShimaShima k3npo Austin, TXPosts: 2,543Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 27, 2006
    Nikolai wrote:
    I hope now that the papers are done you can go out and bring something fresher?mwink.gif
    Oh man I wish...
    I have a 30pp that's up to 16 pages right now...
    a 10pp that hasn't been started
    Two 6pp's that need to be proof read and have a few more sources sited
    An easy 2-3 pp that needs to be started
    a 6-8pp that needs to be started
    And a 6pp that needs to be revised and slightly lengthened

    I think my head is going to explode... they're all due between tonight and dec 9 on different days x.x... once I get a moment of "save me" I'll probably take a break and play w/ the new toy outside :)
  • ShimaShima k3npo Austin, TXPosts: 2,543Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 27, 2006
    Aw shucks, can't buy a new camera and then let it just sit there while I write papers.... took this on the rebel xti an hour or so ago

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    I took some really cool reflection photos too, not sure if they count as highlights persay:
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    Back to those darned papers now...
  • SwartzySwartzy Right Brained Scientist Posts: 3,293Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 27, 2006
    Does this work?
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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalPosts: 6,181Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 27, 2006
    Swartzy,
    I think: Of course it enters.
    It's very good !!!
    thumb.gif
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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalPosts: 6,181Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 27, 2006
    More in the near future. :D
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    All the best ! ... António Correia - Facebook
  • SwartzySwartzy Right Brained Scientist Posts: 3,293Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 27, 2006
    I might be getting the hang of this
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  • ElaineElaine Major grins Posts: 3,532Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 27, 2006
    Love those bridge shots, Swartzy! Really beautiful!

    I posted this in "People" but I think it applies here too. Specular Christmas tree lights...and it's fresh from today...


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    Elaine

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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalPosts: 6,181Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 27, 2006
    Swarty !
    That's fine. (I think).
    I was going to shoot more tonight but my wife took my car with the tripod and I was needing it ...mwink.gif
    thumb.gif
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