Does this Photographer know some stuff or what?

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Dave Jaseck
Dave Jaseck Veteran Member • Posts: 6,152
Does this Photographer know some stuff or what?
joeiscoffee Junior Member • Posts: 37
Re: Does this Photographer know some stuff or what?

Wow! Inspiring images. Thanks for posting this.

Does Rarindra Prakarsa ever reveal anything about his techniques? Specifically pp.

Dave Jaseck
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Re: Does this Photographer know some stuff or what?

If he does, I can't find it. Searched through some comments regarding his work and could not find any clues. I have to believe that he has added some lighting effects to the pictures. I can't see how anyone can get that lucky with the lighting so many times. Maybe a plugin like Mystical lighting or something. Everyone is just going to take some guesses.
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Pam R Veteran Member • Posts: 3,421
Painting...

Yes, it's a beautiful style. I think it's a lot of painting, maybe some lighting effects as Dave mentioned. There is one image where you can clearly see the paint strokes, where he missed portion. But he has a very nice eye for color also.

Here's an attempt at his style that I did a while ago:

Before:

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cspringer Forum Pro • Posts: 19,632
Check different sites for method

This site has been posted here for awhile now. He explains his method on some sites but I don't remember which ones....you'll have to google one with REMARKS and he responds to them.

Dave Jaseck wrote:

Some really great stuff here!!! Some of it with a point and shoot
cam. Great post processing, wouldn't mind looking over his shoulder.
http://photo.net/photos/rarindra
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Pam R Veteran Member • Posts: 3,421
Re: Check different sites for method

cspringer wrote:

This site has been posted here for awhile now. He explains his method
on some sites but I don't remember which ones....you'll have to
google one with REMARKS and he responds to them.

Yes, and he's been very vague as to the PS end of it. He discusses the lighting, which is definitely part of it. Backlighting, sidelighting, etc. I don't think I've ever read of him talking about anything other than the details of the original digital image capture. There is no way on this earth you can walk into the jungle and get pictures like that. I don't care what Rarindra says. He knows his way around PS : )

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Re: Does this Photographer know some stuff or what?
Wizard65 Senior Member • Posts: 2,543
Re: Check different sites for method

A fairly typical response from him when asked about his technique is ... "Thank you for enjoying my pictures. You should visit my beautiful country someday." If I take that response literally, then I assume these are just snapshots of what his country looks like all the time. He must live in Shangri-La. I guess he just wants to keep his technique to himself ...

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Trying it out...

Adding a few light rays and playing with the tonality...

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Pam R Veteran Member • Posts: 3,421
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Wizard65 wrote:

A fairly typical response from him when asked about his technique is
... "Thank you for enjoying my pictures. You should visit my
beautiful country someday." If I take that response literally, then
I assume these are just snapshots of what his country looks like all
the time. He must live in Shangri-La. I guess he just wants to keep
his technique to himself ...

Exactly. What a paradise he lives in....Indonesia has some gorgeous areas. But not quite as gorgeous as those areas after they pass through PS guided by Rarindra's artistic vision. I can certainly understand his not wanting to divulge the ingredients in his secret sauce. Just take his words for the grain of salt they are worth.

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kbalaz Contributing Member • Posts: 588
Re: Check different sites for method

When you look at the pictures, the people in them appear in many different images but they are the exact same picture just pp differently, I saw at least 4 different images where the boy and girl in the picture were in the exact same pose just different backgrounds.

Wizard65 Senior Member • Posts: 2,543
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Actually, I also noticed that. I tend to think these images are "constructed" from varies images. This in no way diminishes his talents ... but does answer some questions. I am just envious that I can't do it nor figure out how he does it!

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Re: Check different sites for method

Pam R wrote:

There is no way on this earth you can walk into the jungle
and get pictures like that. I don't care what Rarindra says. He knows
his way around PS : )

You got that straight, and your knockoff is a pretty good start. How'd you do the background? I've been snitching a sipping a little Rarindra juice myself. My favorite background manipulation so far is this:

Click one end of the curve, shift-click the other, and use the up and down arrows to slide the whole shebang up and down until you get the brightness right. Then lay on photo filters or whatever for color tone.
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Re: Check different sites for method

Peano wrote:

I've been snitching a sipping a little
Rarindra juice myself.

I was sipping a martini when I posted that. You'd never guess, would you?
I'm not as thunk as you drink I am.

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Peano wrote:

You got that straight, and your knockoff is a pretty good start.
How'd you do the background? I've been snitching a sipping a little
Rarindra juice myself.

Careful with open flame near that juice, Peano ; ) I'm going to dig around for my original file and get back to you on the steps I took. I did this with a version 2 which didn't have the start of my retouch. I did this months ago and have forgotten how I did it. Either that or you've topped off my tea with some of your Rarindra juice and now I'm discombobulated ; )

In the meantime, I've been playing around some more. How's this, any closer?

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Pam R wrote:

Peano wrote:

You got that straight, and your knockoff is a pretty good start.
How'd you do the background? I've been snitching a sipping a little
Rarindra juice myself.

Careful with open flame near that juice, Peano ; ) I'm going to dig
around for my original file and get back to you on the steps I took.
I did this with a version 2 which didn't have the start of my
retouch. I did this months ago and have forgotten how I did it.
Either that or you've topped off my tea with some of your Rarindra
juice and now I'm discombobulated ; )

In the meantime, I've been playing around some more. How's this, any
closer?

It's a good start. I think the sunrays are a little too defined. And I think Big R would show a bit more detail in the foreground -- detail in the tree trunks. Maybe we should form a small conspiracy to get him hooked into this forum. Charm him out of some of his secrets.
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selwynbr Senior Member • Posts: 1,541
Dave

Maybe one of your midnight actions together with some other adjustments for a starter. Looking forward to this thread continuing and some ideas on how to get this look.

Pam R Veteran Member • Posts: 3,421
One more try...

Here's another try. Good strong back/side lighting certainly helps. This image has very diffuse lighting. It's tough to even get close:

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mesija Contributing Member • Posts: 954
love this thread and his work

just to make sure i don't forget to check it out in more detail.
thx

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