In this photo composite of a mountain biker in Boulder, Colorado, Mark S. Johnson’s goal was to capture the feeling of hopping off the bike after an epic (and muddy) ride. To accomplish the effect, he employed his standard compositing light arrangement featuring (3) Westcott Spiderlite TD6 units. A 36″ x 48″ Shallow Pro Softbox containing no diffusion served as the main light and (2) 12″ x 36″ Stripbanks with Egg Crates and no diffusion served as the edge lights.
Accentuating the mud splats during post-processing was crucial to achieving the desired look. Photoshop’s Curves, Color Balance, and Hue/Saturation adjustment layers made this possible. To finish the scene, Mark put Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4 Complete Edition ( Nik Software: Color Efex Pro ) to use, working specifically with the Tonal Contrast and Bleach Bypass filters.
Copyright: Mark S. Johnson Photography
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