December 19, 2010

The Sixth Day Of Duckmas 2010

All together now: "Four EIGHT wingsFour Eight freakin' wings!"

I'm not as happy with this picture as I was when I was taking it.  At the time, it looked incredibly dramatic with the long, long shadows and the leading edges of the wings glowing in the setting sun.  Somewhere in the dark recesses of my camera, a lot of the drama disappeared.  I suppose I could have photoshopped it, but for the Twelve Days of Duckmas I try to stay away from such things... other than contrast adjustments and color correction, and I don't even do a whole lot of that.

Still, hey!  Eight wings!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 02:40 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 It looks fine, honest. One of the things that always gets me when doing shots for the comic seems to have cropped up here, though: Eye reflectivity. "Crap, I need to turn her just a few degrees and shoot again..."

I vaguely recall reading a tutorial on one of the digital photography sites about getting the most out of high-contrast shots like that, where you're trying to get proper shadows instead of pale blue swaths of less-light. I can't remember which bits you have to fiddle with, though.


Ah. HDR, High Dynamic Range. It was a three-part tutorial involving lots of specialized software tools on top of all the other setup. Maybe someday when I have extra time & money...

Posted by: GreyDuck at December 19, 2010 11:22 AM (7lMXI)

2 Actually, the angel with the gold wings is a little shiny all over, in comparison to the angel in white.  Short of spraying it with a matte finish, the shiny eyes would have happened under any light.

Posted by: Wonderduck at December 19, 2010 11:43 AM (W8Men)

3 Maru the cat meets a duck, it's very something

Posted by: Tony von Krag at December 19, 2010 10:40 PM (VGXAE)

4 Eight wings! That never even crossed my mind..hilarious, though. I bet those ducks can fly pretty fast

Posted by: Digicolleen at December 21, 2010 01:14 PM (y3twI)

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