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Bud Helms
December 9, 2008, 01:38 PM
Doogle! Again! An excellent photo.

Congratulations, Doogle!

Here's the winning photo:

http://people.timezone.com/pauld/tzpics/hpshot_lastround.jpg (http://people.timezone.com)

December 9, 2008, 04:07 PM
...for running the photo comps over the past months. It's enjoyable to see all the pics submitted.

I had a bit of fun shooting this one.

December 10, 2008, 08:24 PM
Congrats again Doogle! I agree, it is fun seeing all the pictures. Great job to everyone who participated!

Al Norris
December 10, 2008, 08:56 PM
Doogle, how many times did it take to get that photo? Inquiring minds and all that....

December 11, 2008, 11:49 PM
This is a simulated shot of a Browning Hi-Power in action. It's an idea I'd had in mind for a while and this seemed a good a time as any to try it.

The idea was to portray the pistol in recoil with a spent cartridge case being ejected. To that end you can see the set-up I used for the base image below. An empty 9mm casing was attached to the opposite side of the locked-back slide using Blu-tac putty and a small wooden dowel. The case was positioned in an appropriate orientation to simulate one that had just been flung out of the ejection port.

http://people.timezone.com/pauld/tzpics/hpshot_setup1.jpg (http://people.timezone.com)

The pistol was shot against a plain dark grey background, a large sheet of art paper curved up behind the pistol to form a seamless background. Lighting was via a diffused overhead lamp (fluorescent). In the working image below you can see the wooden dowel holding the 9mm case above the pistol. I held the pistol as still as I could as the shutter speed was fairly slow.

http://people.timezone.com/pauld/tzpics/hpshot_setup3.jpg (http://people.timezone.com)

I removed the wooden dowel digitally leaving the case floating as desired. I also decided to move the case a bit higher than in the original image, and below you can see a working image as I was deciding just where to position the casing for best effect.

http://people.timezone.com/pauld/tzpics/hpshot_setup4.jpg (http://people.timezone.com)

You'll note that in the image above the slide is still in reasonably sharp focus. In order to add a feeling of movement and to indicate that the slide was still in motion I blurred the slide a little whilst leaving the rest of the frame in sharper focus. It's not technically correct as in such a situation all parts of the pistol would be in movement in some direction. However, you sometimes only need to suggest some degree of movement to achieve an overall effect.

The image was now pretty-well complete. As a final touch I added a small amount of digitally created smoke curling out of the chamber.

http://people.timezone.com/pauld/tzpics/hpshot_lastround.jpg (http://people.timezone.com)