Assignment #29: Frame-By-Frame

NikolaiNikolai Darth SLRRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
edited August 1, 2010 in Assignments
Springtime coverage was a blast. Everybody seemed to have a good time, taking lazy walks and enjoing blooming girls and pretty flowers... or was it the other way around..:rolleyes

This new class going to be a bit more technical again. And, for the first time in our WA series, it would require some PP skills.

The subject is "Frame-By-Frame" and it was inspired by Desmond.

I also posted my own example, which I'm quoting here:
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The idea is to catch a moving subject (or subjects, as in Desmond's Moving Heart ) with several frames and then blend them all into the final image.

Fresh pictures only (as always).
For the rest of the basic rules and index please check out this sticky.

Let's get some frames!
"May the f/stop be with you!"
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  • mwaltersmwalters Major grins Registered Users Posts: 119 Major grins
    edited March 30, 2007
    Great image, Nikolai - Pass the sickbag!

    I won't be posting for a while, but I'll see what I can grab on my vacation...

    Matthew
  • ericgtrericgtr Major grins Registered Users Posts: 105 Major grins
    edited March 30, 2007
    Interesting idea, sorry to sound like a noob here but how does one go about blending multiple photos like that?
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 30, 2007
    Matthew,
    mwalters wrote:
    Great image, Nikolai - Pass the sickbag!
    I won't be posting for a while, but I'll see what I can grab on my vacation...
    Matthew

    It's never late to post, as long as it's fresh:-) mwink.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 30, 2007
    Eric,
    ericgtr wrote:
    Interesting idea, sorry to sound like a noob here but how does one go about blending multiple photos like that?

    There are different scenarios. Two most common ones: you know the exact path (Desmond's pic, or some car going along a curved portion of a freeway, etc.) or you don't, but the background is uniform (my chopper shot).

    In both cases you'd need to start with setting your camera to manual. Meter the average background and set the manual values.
    Then it's a bit different.

    1. Known path.
    Set up your camera on the tripod in a way that you can frame the whole path. Meter and expose at least one frame with the empty background.
    Now wait for or initiate the moving actor(s). Depending on the speed you may need a continuous drive or simply manually exposed shots. Remote trigger is highly recommended.

    2. Unknown path.
    Well, it's a bit tougher, but the main idea remains the same. No tripod, no remote. Meter and take a few shots of the possible empty scene, lock the exposure settings. Wait for the target, follow and shoot (I would recommend continuous drive).

    In both cases you end up with some initial shots (backdrop) and a bunch of frames. Stack them all as different layers (I would use CS3' Photomerge) and then proceed with masking them out (and if you don't know how, check this out:-)

    All in all, it's a lot of fun and not as hard at it seems. All you need is a good backdrop shot and locked settings (full manual is a huge help).

    HTH
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • ericgtrericgtr Major grins Registered Users Posts: 105 Major grins
    edited March 30, 2007
    Nikolai wrote:
    There are different scenarios. Two most common ones: you know the exact path (Desmond's pic, or some car going along a curved portion of a freeway, etc.) or you don't, but the background is uniform (my chopper shot).

    In both cases you'd need to start with setting your camera to manual. Meter the average background and set the manual values.
    Then it's a bit different.

    1. Known path.
    Set up your camera on the tripod in a way that you can frame the whole path. Meter and expose at least one frame with the empty background.
    Now wait for or initiate the moving actor(s). Depending on the speed you may need a continuous drive or simply manually exposed shots. Remote trigger is highly recommended.

    2. Unknown path.
    Well, it's a bit tougher, but the main idea remains the same. No tripod, no remote. Meter and take a few shots of the possible empty scene, lock the exposure settings. Wait for the target, follow and shoot (I would recommend continuous drive).

    In both cases you end up with some initial shots (backdrop) and a bunch of frames. Stack them all as different layers (I would use CS3' Photomerge) and then proceed with masking them out (and if you don't know how, check this out:-)

    All in all, it's a lot of fun and not as hard at it seems. All you need is a good backdrop shot and locked settings (full manual is a huge help).

    HTH

    It does and thanks for taking the time to explain it. thumb.gif
  • ShepsMomShepsMom Gone Crazy, Be Back... Registered Users Posts: 4,319 Major grins
    edited March 30, 2007
    This one is gonna be be tough (for me anyway) I'm not sure what the post processing is, i'm back to square one. Wahhhh!! ne_nau.gif
    Marina
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 30, 2007
    ShepsMom wrote:
    This one is gonna be be tough (for me anyway) I'm not sure what the post processing is, i'm back to square one. Wahhhh!! ne_nau.gif

    Hopefully I'll be able to attend a local airshow this coming weekend.
    If I do, I'll try to shoot some stuff specifically for this class and will create a simple tutorial..
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • ShepsMomShepsMom Gone Crazy, Be Back... Registered Users Posts: 4,319 Major grins
    edited March 30, 2007
    Which airshow is it? I'm going to see Blue Angels on Sunday at MacDill in Tampa. I'm hoping to catch some flights Laughing.gif
    Marina
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    Nikon D700 x2/D300
    Nikon 70-200 2.8/50 1.8/85 1.8/14.24 2.8
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 31, 2007
    ShepsMom wrote:
    Which airshow is it? I'm going to see Blue Angels on Sunday at MacDill in Tampa. I'm hoping to catch some flights Laughing.gif
    This one.mwink.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 3, 2007
    Some frames
    As I promised, a frame set from the airshow...

    140995733-2000x400.jpg
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Registered Users Posts: 3,322 Major grins
    edited April 3, 2007
    Nikolai wrote:
    As I promised, a frame set from the airshow...

    VERY Cool!!!

    thumb.gifclap.gif
  • pyroPrints.compyroPrints.com photohunter Registered Users Posts: 1,383 Major grins
    edited April 3, 2007
    I got some ideas but i can't shoot it until the weekend. Any way we can make this one extended? I know the deadlines don't matter but still =c)
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 3, 2007
    Pyro,
    I got some ideas but i can't shoot it until the weekend. Any way we can make this one extended? I know the deadlines don't matter but still =c)

    As you said, deadlines do not matter here in WA. We did extend one time, and it didn't help, not much that is. I'd rather have something new going on, so those with no ideas for the current one could move on, while you and those who do can continue to work on it.

    Agreed?
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • pyroPrints.compyroPrints.com photohunter Registered Users Posts: 1,383 Major grins
    edited April 4, 2007
    Meh. Fine =c) But I got a really good idea :D
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 4, 2007
    Meh. Fine =c) But I got a really good idea :D
    I'm looking forward to see it. thumb.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • photojphotoj Point, click, shoot... Registered Users Posts: 102 Major grins
    edited April 6, 2007
    frame by frame
    I have two ideas, both involving the kids, I'll let you know if I get somehthing. I envy your airshow trip, I love aircraft but we don't have many shows in my area.
    "Make it don't take it!"

    Jason
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 7, 2007
    photoj wrote:
    I have two ideas, both involving the kids, I'll let you know if I get somehthing. I envy your airshow trip, I love aircraft but we don't have many shows in my area.

    "Show me" :-) mwink.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaSuper Moderators Posts: 14,654 moderator
    edited April 7, 2007
    Old Photo but maybe you'll allow it...

    48701173-L.jpg
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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalRegistered Users Posts: 6,233 Major grins
    edited April 7, 2007
    My work from today, Saturday.
    Some minutes ago.
    Is this any good or you wanted something different ?
    I found it so simples that I suspect this is not valid ... ne_nau.gif
    141786086-M.jpg141784747-M.jpg141775900-M.jpg141780448-M.jpg141779618-M.jpg141782860-M.jpg141779798-M.jpg141774548-M.jpg
    All the best ! ... António Correia - Facebook
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 7, 2007
    Jim,
    pathfinder wrote:
    Old Photo but maybe you'll allow it...
    Awesome! bowdown.gif
    Not eligible(rules are rules:-), but what a great capture! Thanks a lot for sharing it! clap.gif
    Wanna try it again, now fresh?mwink.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 7, 2007
    My work from today, Saturday.
    Some minutes ago.
    Is this any good or you wanted something different ?
    I found it so simples that I suspect this is not valid ...
    Nice entries! thumb.gif
    Well, I'm glad you found it simple :-)
    One point you didn't bring, though, is to show a similar scenario of a moving subject whose movements you can't control.
    Try that, it may be a bit more challenging:-) deal.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalRegistered Users Posts: 6,233 Major grins
    edited April 8, 2007
    Nikolai wrote:
    Nice entries! thumb.gif
    Well, I'm glad you found it simple :-)
    One point you didn't bring, though, is to show a similar scenario of a moving subject whose movements you can't control.
    Try that, it may be a bit more challenging:-) deal.gif
    You mean something like this ? (panning blur ?)
    141865381-M.jpg141420526-M.jpg
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 8, 2007
    Antonio,
    You mean something like this ? (panning blur ?)

    No sir, you need to hold your camera steady.

    Please check this: http://www.dgrin.com/showpost.php?p=518516&postcount=5
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalRegistered Users Posts: 6,233 Major grins
    edited April 8, 2007
    Nikolai wrote:
    No sir, you need to hold your camera steady.

    Please check this: http://www.dgrin.com/showpost.php?p=518516&postcount=5

    Nikolai.
    I have read it before.
    I did it again.
    Humm ... too similar to panning blur I presume. eek7.gif
    Or is it just me ? ne_nau.gif

    I'm afraid I'll stay still and wait for the next assignment.
    thumb.gif
    All the best ! ... António Correia - Facebook
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 8, 2007
    Nikolai.
    I have read it before.
    I did it again.
    Humm ... too similar to panning blur I presume. eek7.gif
    Or is it just me ? ne_nau.gif

    I'm afraid I'll stay still and wait for the next assignment.
    thumb.gif

    Hmm, it's very different, IMHO...
    With panning blur you're following the subject. With frame by frame (known path) you shoot a larger frame, taking several shots of the same identical background, while subjects moves to the different positions.
    Just like you did in your first entries, but spiced by the fact that you can't control the moving target entirely...
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • pyroPrints.compyroPrints.com photohunter Registered Users Posts: 1,383 Major grins
    edited April 10, 2007
    Well here is my entry, I might have to reshoot this, it's a little sloppy. But fun none-the-less.

    Speak No Evil, See No Evil, Do No Evil:

    Acidic_Version_copy.jpg

    Untitled:

    Draganizer.jpg
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  • photojphotoj Point, click, shoot... Registered Users Posts: 102 Major grins
    edited April 12, 2007
    as promised frame by frame
    It took me a bit longer than I planned but I got the images I needed today, done a little photoshop and preston one frame by frame.
    "Make it don't take it!"

    Jason
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 12, 2007
    Photoj,
    photoj wrote:
    It took me a bit longer than I planned but I got the images I needed today, done a little photoshop and preston one frame by frame.

    Great! clap.gif
    As you can see, there is a trouble on the borders, where different "copies" of the same subject intersect with another.
    One solution is to avoid it by letting the subject moving across the FOV. Another - be way more accurate in blending ne_nau.gif If done properly the latter can bring awesome results, as your image clearly shows....deal.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • StanStan Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,077 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    OK I finally got round to shooting some buts

    144353474-L.jpg

    Stan
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    Stan,
    Stan wrote:
    OK I finally got round to shooting some buts
    Stan

    Very nice! thumb.gif
    I bet you could have created the whole "wedge" mwink.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
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