Thursday, March 25, 2010

HLSR Rodeo Cowboy

I don't know if it's a new category or not but I'm calling this one, maybe optimistically, a "salvage shot." As I mentioned in earlier postings I was setting up on row "T" at this Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo performance shooting with a 50-200 tele at 200mm in low light. In order to have any kind of stop motion I had to shoot this shot @ ISO 3200 and even then the result was underwhelming. The problem is though that I like the composition! Because of this I was compelled to attempt a rescue of the shot. This resulted in a pretty heavy handed bit of post-processing with Camera Raw, CS3, and Topaz Adjust using blending modes at different opacity's, blurring, textures, high-pass sharpening, vignettes, color correction, etc. At the end of the day I like the finished product which reminds me of what you might see if you were looking through an old ViewMaster. Hope you like it.


Wayne Beck said...

The most important comment is that you like the image. The image has a little of an abstract feel. I have been taking a lot of shots at 3200 and 6400 ISO so I now know more about the problems. The church on my blog was taken at 3200 ISO.

Barry Armer said...

Cool shot Larry! Love the composition and post-processing! You've successfully salvaged this one IMO!