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If you ever wondered what the footprint of a world champion skier looked like, now you know. This was taken outside the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, alongside a range of other footprints, and if you're interested the original is here:


As you can see, I exposed to the right, to maximise the amount of data in the original capture (as described in my digital workflow tutorial), then used a couple of masked curves to bring out the details in the plaque and the surrounding concrete.

And finally: this one looks much more dramatic with the black theme.

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4.15pm on 23/7/08
Canon 5D
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
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1x1 + travel [Barcelona, Spain]
comment by Scott at 08:07 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2008

incredible processing! you truly are an inspiration!

comment by Steve Tainton at 09:27 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2008

WOW !! I have to agree with Scott. Fantastic vision and ability to change the bland original image to this striking rich rendition. David, thankyou for the inspiration.

comment by Minh at 11:44 PM (GMT) on 30 July, 2008

Great capture and post-processing! I've read up on exposing to the right, and the idea of maximizing the dynamic range captured and fully understand it's value - but for my style photography (low-light indoor environments, using only available light) I find myself frequently doing the opposite: Deliberately under-exposing shots (in RAW) so I can keep the shutter-speed tight, and then boosting everything in post. I haven't done a thorough analysis but do you have any insights into if it's preferable to overexpose at a higher iso or underexpose at a lower iso, for dark, available-light only circumstances like concerts/bars/parties. You're a master, any ideas would be appreciated!

comment by Mike at 03:08 AM (GMT) on 31 July, 2008

Nice! All you did to the shot really made it pop. I'm glad you added the description, I really had my fingers crossed for it. I didn't know what it was at first. Really great shot.

comment by djn1 at 08:38 AM (GMT) on 31 July, 2008

Minh: I was reading something about this recently (though can't find the link now). The author suggested that it was better to deliberately underexpose by a couple of stops then boost in post rather than up the ISO, but I haven't had a chance to test it yet. When I do I'll let you know.

comment by Tom at 09:05 PM (GMT) on 31 July, 2008

Nice colour, I like this much. I understand your processing - it would be interesting to see the most real like variant next to the "right exposed" and your posted one. Because you say: If you ever wondered what the footprint of a world champion skier looked like, now you know. ...do we really know? ;-) With your skill in post-processing...

comment by Josef Renklint at 09:07 AM (GMT) on 1 August, 2008

Gorgeous tones. I absolutely love it.