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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sea World San Antonio - Cannery Row Caper II

Once again, welcome back to the continuing Sea World San Antonio series. Today's post covers what I feel is the "scene stealer" of the Cannery Row Caper, O.P. Otter. All of the animals (and humans) in the show are great, but every time the otter makes an appearance on stage the crowd seems to release a collective "Oh, how cute!". I don't want to give too much away, but the premise of the Cannery Row Caper show is that fish have turned up missing, and it is up to the characters to find the cause.

However, the first picture of today's post is a reminder from yesterday of just how off script the beginning of the show was:

Shortly after that scene O.P. Otter took some "notes" from the diner and made his escape through a pantry. Some of the "names" of the items on the shelf are quite clever:

Shortly after O.P. made his escape he was cornered, complete with a "stick 'em up" pose!

He managed to escape certain doom and was spotted again rifling through files in the file cabinet in the detective's office:

Today's photos all starred O.P. Otter, tomorrow's post will contain a good mix of all of the characters, as well as what I consider the two best shots that I took the whole day!

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  1. I Love These Pictures.

    These are all absolutely wonderful. The textures and sharp details are GREAT here, Brian, how do you deal with ghosting? I can't get my head around how crisp and clean and sans any ghosts your work is!!!

  2. Ahh...finally figured out (actually remembered my log in for google) and can comment here :o)

    This is an awsome series!! Would love to learn more about how you processed these!!

  3. Great job Brian! Nice techniques.

  4. Thanks for the comments!

    As for processing, all of the shots from the show are from a single RAW image. It was a bright day, so I set the EV at -1, that made the histogram more to the center, which is what i try for in my 0 ev shot whenever possible. (going up 2 and down 2 for a good middle ground is more important, i think than sticking to 2,0,-2 as my ev.

    I used the tool bundled with the 60D to apply a value of + and - 2, then export those and the original as TIFFs. I use the optics pro tool to correct lens distortion, then create the hdr using photomatix. I dump that into cs5, use topaz denoise and the nik software tools, manually tweak the curves, then save the image for posting.

    That's a quick breakdown for processing these shots, with motion I think it's a better overall result using one RAW image. For landscapes, exteriors, interiors, etc I prefer bracketed shots, but that isn't always prctical.

  5. Thank You Very Much for sharing 'how' you did it!!