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flight of fancy

flight of fancy
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Saw some work from a guy in a magazine early last year which led to me trying this; 13/14 shots taken sequentially and then merged into one in Picture Window Pro using 'Pick Darkest' merge mode. Sadly I can't find the magazine and therefore the name of the photographer! (I think Bill Ward may have posted something about this a few months ago as well)

Edit - a correction to the above from Bill; Gary (K10D) posted a link to Xavi Bou's work a few months back
02/01/2019 - 21:40alfpics
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Dorset_Mike

Link Posted 02/01/2019 - 21:58
Clever!
Regards,
Mike

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davidwozhere

Link Posted 02/01/2019 - 23:43
Too blessed clever for me! Well done.
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GIULIO57

Link Posted 03/01/2019 - 05:36
Well done...LIKEd
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Last Edited by GIULIO57 on 03/01/2019 - 05:36

davidtrout

Link Posted 03/01/2019 - 09:28
Super. Difficult to capture this natural display with a still camera but you've pulled it off to perfection with some expert work in post processing.
David
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RobL

Link Posted 03/01/2019 - 14:21
That worked well! Its a shame multi-exposure in camera doesn't have dark priority mode (like one other nameless make) but you have come up with a good solution. Well timed as well to get the even spacing.

go4IT

Link Posted 03/01/2019 - 20:47
davidtrout wrote:
Super. Difficult to capture this natural display with a still camera but you've pulled it off to perfection with some expert work in post processing.
David

POTW territory.

Peter Elgar

Link Posted 04/01/2019 - 16:46
I could never do that !
been a member of Pentax Club since the Ron Spillman era! Got COMPUTERISED at last - DIGITISED? Taken the PLUNGE - BUT FILM STILL RULES !!!

alfpics

Link Posted 05/01/2019 - 22:20
Thanks all for the appreciation! It was a bit of fun; just need to improve on it sometime.
Andy

GIULIO57

Link Posted 07/01/2019 - 05:04
Great POTW
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Nigelk

Link Posted 07/01/2019 - 08:16
A fascinating and original photograph Andy, congratulations on POTW

davidtrout

Link Posted 07/01/2019 - 09:07
Well deserved POTW. Congratulations.
David
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thingsthatihaveseen

Link Posted 07/01/2019 - 12:46
Congrats Andy... missed this first time around... great piece of work... thanks also for the name check... funnily enough, I don't think it was me in this particular instance... but Gary (K10D) posted a link to Xavi Bou's work a few months back, and I'm pretty sure that'll be the chap you're referring to... agree with Rob... would be great if Pentax added dark blend (on top of the existing bright, average and additive modes) to their multiple exposure options, then it could all be done in camera...

Best
Bill

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alfpics

Link Posted 07/01/2019 - 13:30
Thank you Giulio, Nigel and David for your kind comments. And, Bill, for correcting me - you are correct it was Gary and that link. Will correct my info accompanying the image!
Andy

alfpics

Link Posted 08/01/2019 - 13:38
A PS;

thingsthatihaveseen wrote:
... agree with Rob... would be great if Pentax added dark blend (on top of the existing bright, average and additive modes) to their multiple exposure options, then it could all be done in camera...

Best

Agreed too - would be really useful feature IMO
Andy

senn

Link Posted 08/01/2019 - 18:09
Great enjoyable image Andy, .. congrats on POTW
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alfpics

Link Posted 08/01/2019 - 18:41
Thanks Nuri
Andy

bjolester

Link Posted 08/01/2019 - 20:49
A very original concept and great image. Congratulations on POTW!
Bjørn

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derek897

Link Posted 09/01/2019 - 09:07
Great potw
Well executed and conceived shot.
Nice to see it being done one here,
Be great if you gave a run down on how it's done in the threads 👏👏👏👏
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alfpics

Link Posted 10/01/2019 - 21:52
Thanks Bjørn and Derek
Derek - the technique is fairly simple. Put camera on tripod where there are birds circling around and fire the camera in rapid shot mode. I stopped after 14 shots.
The photos were then stacked in a programme that allowed a blend mode that picked the dark areas to keep through the stack; hence the silhouetted birds caught at different moments in flight. Having produced one photo with the flight pattern it was then a matter of using curves to brighten the sky a bit. The programme I used is a little known one that is (I think) available for free now as the developer has sort of stopped developing it/ having a major re-think; Picture Window Pro. For some reason although I took 14 shots, only 13 birds appear in each run; not sure what the programme is doing with the last shot!

I should probably try the stacking with something like serif's Affinity Photo, or ACDSee that I use.

As RobL and Bill have mentioned above, it would be great of Pentax added another option in their composite shooting mode that added 'dark' to the bright/ additive/ average that they give us. Then this effect could be done in camera.

Hope that helps
Andy
Last Edited by alfpics on 10/01/2019 - 21:53

swarf

Link Posted 11/01/2019 - 11:56
Well deserved POTW. Very well conceived and executed. Thanks for the explanation on how you achieved it.

Phil
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alfpics

Link Posted 12/01/2019 - 14:48
Thanks Phil!
Andy
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