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Project 365: Day 69 – Birthday Crown

Birthday HatTomorrow is my son Joseph’s  birthday.  Since he doesn’t attend school on Friday’s his class had a party for him today.  He came home wearing his birthday crown and hasn’t taken it off all day.  All month long he has been asking: “How long until my birthday?”  It didn’t matter what the answer was it was always too long.  Now that the date has arrived he is one happy kid.

I took a series of photos tonight using a white wall for the background, a Canon 580EXII in a shoot through umbrella camera right and a Canon 430EXII at full power directed at the white wall.  I then pulled the images into ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and processed each the same since the lighting was relatively the same.  Then I copied each image into a blank image and adjusted them to be spaced out a bit.  Then I used a filter from Topaz Labs called Topaz ReMask II which allowed me to easily mask Joseph and then create a more evenly white background.  It’s amazing how easy it is to mask images with this utility.  It really works magically.  I then adjusted the image size for the web and saved it off.  You can click on the image for a larger picture.  Camera settings are below.

Canon 5DII | Canon 50mm | f/6.3 | 1/125th sec. | ISO 100

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