I caught an “Exploding Paint Heart” last summer when I was photographing exploding balloons covered in paint…

Tips on high speed photography

 

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SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

Exploding Paint Heart

EXIF:

Nikon D810
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
f/13
116mm
400 ISO
Flashes set at 1/128th

 

Lightroomed

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  • Exposure, contrast and highlights raised
  • Shadows and blacks lowered

 

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  • Raised clarity, vibrance and saturation

 

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  • Sharpening Raised
  • Lens corrections

 

Photoshopped

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I had to clear the background out of splats first.
I didn’t like how the paint was weighted too much to one side…

 

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So I stole some of this photo for the right side.

 

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So I added it on top.

 

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Then I cloned over some splatter to fill any vacant areas,

 

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Added a levels adjustment,

 

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Then a vibrance adjustment,

 

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Then I rounded off this explosion with a bunch of hue/saturation adjustments.

 

Final Thoughts

I spent a long time trying to fix the background on this photo, next time I should either swap it out or insure the flashes don’t illuminate the background.
I’ll have to revisit doing this again sometime soon, I just have to get some more plastic so I can re-erect my paint tent.

And as usual I find the details of the photo interesting, even if you cant really see them on your phone right now… Click to see close-ups!

 

 

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