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   Old Thread  #1223 22 Apr 2011 at 10.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #1222 20 Apr 2011 at 11.31am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well I have not been in my darkroom for years now, just sold my 6x6 gear and film processor

And totally agree with workflow back then, one of my heroes is still using kodak ir film even though it's not made anymore he has loads in his freezer !!!

The amount of dodging and burning that goes into his work is mind blowing and if you have any time in a darkroom you will understand why

I rarely use Photoshop to change any aspect of the image all my work is done through aperture and I find it gives me the results I like with less hassle

Don't get me wrong I like Photoshop too but I feel it has it's place slot of peole can overdo what's needed and the image seen at point of pressing the shutter is not what you get at the end of the process

Each to their own I find , as for taking the same shots of the same objects and monuments
All it takes is a little thought to be different and digital is great for this as you can see what you get and make a change accordingly till you get the result you want

I have a few ideas myself on a few places but still in the planning stages

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   Old Thread  #1221 20 Apr 2011 at 10.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A 10x8 is in a whole league of its own. I have used, for studio work a Linhoff mono rail in 5x4 format and on site the `Baby Linhoff` which was in 3 ˝ x 21/2. In the darkroom we used DeVere enlargers in 5x4 format. My business partner at the time would not look at sub miniature cameras and thought they suited the `fashion` guys down to the ground. Take lots of shots and you are bound to get a good one eventually. At the time the studio worked in the field of industrial photography, which was either very small bits of kit or huge lumps of machinery. All this happened many years ago and it is not until recent times that I have taken an interest in photography again
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   Old Thread  #1220 20 Apr 2011 at 8.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!

City Centre

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loads of post production on this shot, I especialy liked the texture and colour of the flower on the right
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   Old Thread  #1219 20 Apr 2011 at 8.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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In the last couple of years I have changed the way that I approach taking photographs and the amount of post production work that I do. Coming from an `old school` background where you took the shot and apart from some work in the darkroom, that was just about it. The skill was in using your knowledge of exposure and composition to get the shot you wanted. Your shot of the bee on the flower shows the benefits of using a macro lens to capture stunning detail and how their limited depth of field can be exploited to give an interesting shot.
It occurred to me a while back that a lot of photographs you see are very similar, flowers are a good example. Some are better quality than others due to the equipment used and the skill of the person taking the shot. Architecture is another field where you see a lot of similarities, especially the well known monuments. People taking these photos to a large extent are standing in countless other peoples shoes and producing the same results. It is very difficult to produce something different that stands out in the crowd.
To add interest I have been playing around with some Photoshop applications, mainly the Poster Edge effect on a number of shots, some are in the next post.
The city centre shot was developed to bring out the texture of the wood and the cool greens of the foliage coupled with the linear lines of the building.
The flower shot came about by accident. The natural light just hit the flower arrangement in the lounge and it was a case of grabbing a camera to record it before the light went.
The football shot was my one and only attempt to photograph a game from the stands, applying an effect post production I felt lifted this shot up a couple of notches.
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   Old Thread  #1218 20 Apr 2011 at 8.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The colour blindness is a difficult one but could be overcome with a few changes in the cameras setup

Dependent on the degree of the colour blindness sure you could do the same in post processing in Photoshop or gimp if you used a control image and ask someone to tell you when the image looks more punchy colour wise and contrast etc then use the same values to adjust other pics

Won't work on every pic but may give better results

Could even use or make an action for Photoshop to do it auto when you ask it to

I agree tripod is a must but not always in good light it's possible to handhold the shots I put up are all without a tripod


O agree about the large format just missed getting a job using one a 8x10 everyday

I reckon it may be possible to get close using the 51point focus points and selecting an of centre point and selective f number but it's hard when doing selftakes !!!

Still one day may try it out??

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   Old Thread  #1217 20 Apr 2011 at 7.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ev.. those pictures were just quick shots as the light was fading, and Yeh i did use flash for one. I'm actually colour blind so colours will always be off and i usually try not to worry about them too much, tending to focus on the subject and what the moment is. also, using a tripod wasn't possible as there was a slight breeze. thanks for your input though guys!
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   Old Thread  #1216 20 Apr 2011 at 0.38am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A big fan of that macro lens of yours. For close up work it just wins hands down every time. I think I need to have some thoughts in that direction if I seriously want to produce top quality close up shots. In fairness to the camera its use was never about taking close up shots as it was used mainly for coverage of events and that kind of application.
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Have a close look at some of those shots you mentioned. The camera angles are sometimes a bit strange and the focus point is very selective. The classic tip of nose pin sharp with the ears slightly soft. Very dramatic lighting as well. Large format cameras do give you a better view of the finished product, once you get used to everything being upside down
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   Old Thread  #1215 19 Apr 2011 at 9.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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more macro shots in the garden, f5 i think check out the way the depth of field works look at the concreate pot to the right

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and again f4 i think its about using this to gain some artistic control

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   Old Thread  #1214 19 Apr 2011 at 9.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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have to agree

i have an old book on how to light hollywood stars of the 40s 50s its old but brilliant

here is a moody selfport trying to get some of the old era with modern gear


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   Old Thread  #1213 19 Apr 2011 at 8.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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what camera and lens set up you using and any flash?? colours seam a bit muddy?

have to agree blue bells are hard to get right due to funny angles and depth of field
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   Old Thread  #1212 19 Apr 2011 at 8.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Some very dramatic shots there Ev. Still think that B&W can produce a much more dramatic effect than colour. Some of the old B&W portraits taken in the Hollywood era of the studio heartthrobs are stunning compared with a lot of the stuff taken today.
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   Old Thread  #1211 19 Apr 2011 at 8.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice shots mate I have bluebells in the garden but a bit close to the floor for me and tricky little devils to get right. Just a thought if you have one try using a tripod with a remote for your still life’s. I have compared my hand held’s with those taken on the tripod and there is a big difference. Depending on light you can use a small aperture with a slower shutter speed which gives a sharper image The example attached was in a pot which I shot in doors, because the light was a bit iffy outside. The image was Photoshoped to give an interesting background.

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   Old Thread  #1210 19 Apr 2011 at 8.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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very nice jeff

here are some black and white infra red images


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   Old Thread  #1209 19 Apr 2011 at 8.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
A handful from the garden this evening..







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