Tom Buckard  


Chelsie Steps Out by Tom Buckard

January 2022 - Chelsie Steps Out

About the Image(s)

One of the camera clubs I am in had a competition topic of leading lines. This image taken in Saint Thomas definitely has good leading lines but just leading to a green door I just didn’t feel was strong enough. So, I inserted this model from a New England Camera Club Council Conference photo shoot. The main image is a 9 stop HDR and the young lady obviously 1. How can I make the model look more realistic? I feel it looks a little cartoonish!

Shot with a Nikon D850 & Nikon D300


8 comments posted




Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
Probably more questions than answers for you Tom. The whole scene seems flat despite the strong saturation in the greens. I'll call it borderline grunge for a lack of an accurate term. Were the columns and stairway actually that weak gray or where they more of a near white? My experience in bringing in outside objects is that I need to have the lighting for the scene close to finished, then balance the object close to that lighting so it looks like it was lit the same, then I can try a final adjustment to tie the two together. Part of the problem for me is that the "lighting" on her is so flat that she comes over as cartoon like rather than human. If we could get there, then we add a couple of shadows to tie the lighting in. I couldn't get her to look right, but did make a pass on the tones and lighting.   Posted: 01/05/2022 18:07:39
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Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Rick you are exactly right. We were in Saint Thomas with harsh noon sunlight with no shadows. I really had to dig to find a model with her feet in the right position to make her look halfway real. Ok, a quarter of the way real. Not my favorite but it did get a honorable mention. Go figure?   Posted: 01/09/2022 08:23:32



Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
I think the model and the original photo do go well together and your overall execution is pretty good. With the tough lighting of the scene, it does come across a little dark and lacking contrast even with the bright green. Interesting the model does look a bit cartoonish, not quite sure why. Perhaps make the whole scene a bit cartoonish.   Posted: 01/18/2022 08:59:37



Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
I believe the image is a bit busy. There's a conflict between the model and the potted plants in the foreground. The overall image appears somewhat flat yet the lighting on the model says otherwise.   Posted: 01/18/2022 14:55:12



Max Burke   Max Burke
This scene is attractive with the lines, plants and, stair design. To eliminate some detail in my feedback image, I took out the left side up to the grey door. As regards the model, she does draw attention and may or may not have been included in the image. That would be your choice and, an HM isn't negative at all.   Posted: 01/18/2022 15:54:39



Max Burke   Max Burke
This scene is attractive with the lines, plants and, stair design. To eliminate some detail in my feedback image, I took out the left side up to the grey door. As regards the model, she does draw attention and may or may not have been included in the image. That would be your choice and, an HM isn't negative at all.   Posted: 01/18/2022 15:54:41



Max Burke   Max Burke
Forgot the feedback. So here it is.   Posted: 01/18/2022 15:55:30
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Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Interesting composite.
The HDR tonemapping seems to have made the whites go muddy and the plants and even street lamp seem ghosted, perhaps increase the deghosting in the tone-mapping.

The white dot pixels around the model are the largest giveaway that she was pasted in from another scene.   Posted: 01/19/2022 02:01:28
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