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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:48 pm

Another b&w:
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:23 pm

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Re: Photography

Postby soxtalon » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:29 pm

--I walked along the avenue
I never thought I'd meet a girl like you
Meet a girl like you

With auburn hair and tawny eyes
The kind of eyes that hypnotise me through
Hypnotise me through

And I ran, I ran so far away
I just ran
I ran all night and day
I couldn't get away--

Oh sorry...I just started singing this for some reason....:P

Awesome shot!
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:41 pm

That's a flocking good quote.
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Re: Photography

Postby soxtalon » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:52 pm

Well when I sea gulls I often hum it....
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Re: Photography

Postby Cobranaconda » Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:01 am

Dammit I hate jpg.
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Re: Photography

Postby Cobranaconda » Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:05 am

Double post for attachment limit yay. I use a Nikon D70S with a rubbish lens (I hate infinite focus rings) for most stuff, and an old Canon EOS300 I got for cheap for film stuff. The shot of Toudaiji in Nara, Japan was taken on the EOS, that's basically no editing at all, just scanned the film in. Meanwhile, I have to edit to crap on the Nikon. Lightroom is a lifesaver though.
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:26 pm

Cobranaconda, you're going to have to share your exposure/processing for the middle image of the first set. It looks amazing, almost hyper-real (like a photo-realistic CGI image). Very captivating. I love it.

And the middle image of the second set looks like an HD movie still. Great emotions captured there, and the lighting/coloring do a great job reinforcing that.
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Re: Photography

Postby Captain Obvious » Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:02 pm

Continuum looks like a difficult shot to achieve. In order to get the lighting on the subject and the grass, while at the same time allowing for the stars to be as clear as they are.

Low lighting to light the lower part of the woman, maybe a low aperture setting(longer focal length) and a slow shutter speed?

Of course, I'm more familiar with video, so I would turn the gain up as well and have the white balance set to the white card.
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:12 pm

If I had to guess, I'd say that it was accomplished using an HDR technique (multiple, bracketed exposures that are layered and combined in Photoshop, etc.). The glow above her right shoulder suggests this is a possibility. In any event, it's a fantastic image.
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Re: Photography

Postby Captain Obvious » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:54 pm

That's possible, especially since the stars seem to be the same brightness close to the horizon as they are higher in the sky and the surrounding lighting has no effect on the background.
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Re: Photography

Postby Cobranaconda » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:06 pm

Actually it was a complete cheat. It was taken in broad daylight, I cropped the hell out of it then used Lightroom's graduated filter to do what a normal graduated filter would do, only a lot darker. Then I went around with the adjustment brush on the model to get the exposure levels back up. Because it was when I'd just got lightrooom, I fiddled around probably a little too much with the luminosity settings, hence the "hyper reality" stuff. The stars I added afterwards in photoshop :P

I did try to HDR it, but I couldn't get the sky black enough.

The middle shot in the second set is pretty much just a small decrease in saturation. The bokeh was unintentional, due to my lens being so awful at the time I wasn't even looking through the viewfinder, just adjusting the focus by judging the distance and randomly taking potshots. This was before I realised the viewfinder had a little LED inside it that tells you when you're in focus :P

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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:53 am

^Thanks for the descriptions! It's great to have a window into someone else's process. It still amazes me how much photography is a product of not only the capture, but the processing as well. The capture really has become a kind of raw material that is later refined into something much more polished. That first image, in particular, transforms from an interesting pose in an unremarkable setting into an image that is quite compelling.
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Re: Photography

Postby Lili » Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:22 am

Beautiful photographs, Emperor's Prize & Cobranaconda. [face_laughclap]

And I have a special like on coloring pictures from black & white.

Maybe I should create a new topic before presenting my work?
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Re: Photography

Postby soxtalon » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:35 am

That would be great!
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:33 am

Seconded!
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Re: Photography

Postby Cobranaconda » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:09 pm

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Went to London at the weekend. Some images :P
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:53 pm

I absolutely love this one ... brilliant!:

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This one is really good, too:

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Here are a few of my most recent photos, the last bunch is from a Pow Wow I attended:

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Re: Photography

Postby Cobranaconda » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:46 pm

I love how un-noisy your night shots are. Whenever I increase my iso even a tiny bit (ie above 400) it just gets ridiculously noisy on my camera. By the time I hit 1600, which is practically required for night shots without flash, it looks like TV static. Was doing still shots for a short film a while back (can't show them until the film's released, which won't be until Cannes next year or something), so I had to take shots without flash at night, and they were horrible.

Also love that black and white skyline, the contrast is amazing.
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:17 pm

The night shots are at 6400 ISO - but I've got two very useful tools to help make them look clear. First, my T2i shoots at 18MP in RAW so there's plenty of information to work with, and I use Lightroom 3 which does a heroic job of reducing the luminance and color noise. The images end up a bit soft, but it's worth the tradeoff.

As for B&W shots in general, I find I tend to gravitate toward them. I included a color version of the NYC skyline because I really like the contrasting orange and blue. But I still prefer the B&W one myself.
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Re: Photography

Postby Cobranaconda » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:39 pm

See, I use Lightroom 3 too, but even it can't make sense of the crap my D70s shoots.

And I agree b&w has a lot more feel than colour. I have a mass of unscanned films and prints in b&w that I processed and darkroomed, but my scanner sucks too so can't do anything with them.
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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:24 am

Is that a 6MP camera? Does it allow you to shoot RAW? Either way, you get it to do some amazing work. FWIW, the B&W NYC skyline photo was actually taken with my little Canon S100, which is 12MP. Even in RAW, that's a significant decrease from my usual T2i shots, but still twice as much resolution as the D70. Which is a godsend for me. The greater resolution has allowed me to rescue a number of shots in which I really screwed up the exposure and even composition.

As for processing older photos ... I need to find a good slide/35mm scanner. When he was still alive, my father took some really incredible photos that ought to be shared somewhere. But I want to be sure the transfer is as accurate as possible.
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Re: Photography

Postby Cobranaconda » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:58 pm

Back again, still using the same crappy camera.

Japan, March:

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Japan's Newest Tallest Building, in Osaka. Also climbed it.

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From about halfway up.

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From Osaka Station North Building, I think.

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Forgot to take off the graduated filter and it started raining.

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First sakura blooms or something.

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Was at a restaurant with a rich kid who has a 5D Mk3. Ambient lighting, no tripod, about 1/15 of a second. Basically did it to prove a point :P


Zagreb, September:

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When left with nothing else, flowers are always there.

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Croatian churches are weird.

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Trying out some chiaroscuro.

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Another plant.

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Family Planning.

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Tried to add a human element to nature again.

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Some grim buildings.

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Worst (or most conscientious) graffiti artists ever. The graffiti was on the side of a building that was facing away from a road, where barely anyone would see it.


And here's two from that film shoot was talking about last year:

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Re: Photography

Postby Emperor's Prize » Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:06 am

Fantastic set of photos! I especially like the Osaka skyline and Croatian church.

I had a very busy year with photography this year. I took up the challenge of visiting every neighborhood in Manhattan and photographing what I seen there. I've done nearly 50 photoshoots (going north from The Battery, I made it as far as Midtown), snapped tens of thousands of photos, and still haven't finished processing, much less uploading them all. But it's been a blast. One of these days I'll have to put a post together with sample shots ...
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