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Old 18th July 2010
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Classic Le Mans

An exceptionally hot weekend last week in Le Mans... for me at least the fun really began as night drew in. I need to develop my panning technique, and also get a press pass so I can be the right side of the catch fencing.

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Re: Classic Le Mans

Dear David,

Some fabulous shots, I really love the nighttime Dunlop curves shot. I have not been to Le Mans for a few years but your images really convey the special atmosphere.

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Re: Classic Le Mans

Wow! These are brilliant. I like number6 so much, that I want a print on my wall! Thank you for sharing them as I have no been to Le Mans for 20 years
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Re: Classic Le Mans

No. 5 for me only driven there once (as a tourist!)
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Re: Classic Le Mans

Motor racing shots usually leave me a bit cold, apart from some old iconic ones like a one of Senna on a charge in the rain, but 6 is a bit special. 2 would have been really good if, as you say, you could have gotten the fence out of the way. Also I think 4 looks as though it would be really very good as well, but it's too dark on my monitor to make out the tree. Maybe if it was a bit larger as well so that the content of the detail was easier to make out. A really nice set, thanks for posting.
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Re: Classic Le Mans

Thanks everyone for the comments.

As a first timer to Le Mans I think I missed out on the 'other side'... the camping, the ACO village and all the display stands, the local town, the drinking, the shennigans. There is a lot to offer for everyone, and the racing is just one part of that.

Cloning out the chain link is going to be very time intensive but I think it would be the worth effort. What would be the best way? I have Lightroom 2.7 and Photoshop CS3.
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Re: Classic Le Mans

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Cloning out the chain link is going to be very time intensive but I think it would be the worth effort. What would be the best way? I have Lightroom 2.7 and Photoshop CS3.
Title of next months challenge "Clone out the chain link fence"
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Re: Classic Le Mans

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Thanks everyone for the comments.

Cloning out the chain link is going to be very time intensive but I think it would be the worth effort. What would be the best way? I have Lightroom 2.7 and Photoshop CS3.
David,
I've got CS3 as well and using the cloning tool it only took a couple of minutes to get rid of your fence ( though I took out the road markings as well). How's this?
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Re: Classic Le Mans

Hi Jamie

Well it certainly is an effective way to do it but I wanted to keep the markings as part of the composition. In any event, it was no. 2 I particularly wanted to de-fence.

I downloaded CS5 on a 30-day trial and started having a go last night using the new content aware brush. It is a pretty challenging subject - none of this build an entire sky for your panoramas stuff you see on the tutorials which is very impressive. This is a mix of first removing the fence using the content aware spot healing brush, and then trying to re-create the road/first car trail by using clone and finally smudge.

I'm getting there but sadly not there yet. Before I invest more time and effort in having another go, do people think the image/edit is worth the investment? Also does the crop work to remove some of the top of the image and concentrate on the track/crowd?

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I particularly like that amongst the motion, there is the discernible silhouette of a Porsche which is probably the marque most associated with Le Mans.

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Re: Classic Le Mans

Problem with flickr meant I lost the photos above. It took a couple of hours' work even with the content aware tool but I am not well versed in Photoshop.

Anyway, the final result is shown below and I am very happy with it. The starting image was the same for both, just I chose to go with a different crop when de-fencing.

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