Shirley Pohlman  

Boys Day Out by Shirley Pohlman

May 2021 - Boys Day Out

May 2021 - Shirley Pohlman


May 2021 - Shirley Pohlman

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About the Image(s)

Air show in Pine Bluff, AR. Shot handheld with Nikon D610 at 210mm, 1/200 sec, f/16, -1/3 EV, ISO 200, aperture priority. Used my own clouds to layer with planes in Luminar. Adjustments of lighting in Nik Efex Pro and Viveza. I would like to use this for our Club’s Motion competition and would appreciate suggestions for improvement.

6 comments posted

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Good angle of view and choice of shutter speed for the props. Nice use of Sky Replacement in Luminar 4. However there is a mismatch in the exposure of the planes. I suggest try increasing the exposure and decreasing shadows of the planes before bringing in the sky replacement. The sky exposure is about right, so decreasing the sky exposure as a first move would not be as effective.
Another thought is that because there is overlap in the lower two planes, removing the middle plane on the original with a sharp-edged brush or clone-stamp would be good. Also three is more appealing than four.   Posted: 05/04/2021 14:28:43
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Thanks, Piers. Although originally I liked the group of three and the single, but I have changed and do like it better. One problem I am having is when trying to get rid of the shadows, it's turning a brownish color. Tried increasing whites, exposure, and decreasing shadows. Nothing worked. Suggestions?

Also, I can't seem to get my file the right size anymore for this. What are we supposed to be using for file size?   Posted: 05/05/2021 19:54:28
Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
I'm not sure why you are seeing a brown color. With sky replace the software can have problems in deciding what is sky and can overlap onto the blue part of the planes. I tried this in Photoshop with your jpeg and a sky from my library and found this problem could be cloned out. The propeller blades seemed to fade but I cloned them back in. The company (Skylum) could possibly help you out if the browning problem persists.   Posted: 05/05/2021 22:24:37
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Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Brilliant idea, Piers. Removing the middle plane makes it a much stronger composition. The change in the sky to add clouds is a very nice addition. I think you have a nice photo here so good luck on the competition!   Posted: 05/05/2021 10:07:56

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
(Group 48)
I agree that that extra plane should be removed. Love your new sky too!   Posted: 05/05/2021 12:26:20

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Shirley, great image! I love how you were able to capture the propellers in motion. I agree that 3 planes is better than 4. Sky replacements can be tricky if the light and shadows don't match the subjects'. I think I like your sky better than Piers' as I don't feels as though the planes are competing against the clouds. For me, the big white puffy clouds pull my eyes all over the image and away from the planes.   Posted: 05/06/2021 14:55:48


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