Post your photography skills! (self-gloss)

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  1. Szeph el raton

    Szeph el raton Senior member

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    I'll fly to Tokyo on Sunday for a business trip so I'll definitively take some wide angle shots of the city.

    I still wonder if I should also bring the film camera along. It would fit my camera bag if I skip one lens (11-16, 17-50, 85 should anyway be enough, no need for the 50 or 90macro).
     


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    How about something you will never get right without being able to use your camera in complete manual mode? Straight off the camera and at most cropped in PS. You could do this in PS but then what are you? Photographer or retoucher?

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  3. Kas

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    Ballroom Dancing by npmeijer, on Flickr

    Crane's: meter for background, no flash, underexpose -1? I like the second one the most btw.
     


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    Nope, the bright background metered at f8 at 1/320 ISO 100 while in the tunnel the exposure was 1/5 second or so f8. A shot at 1/320 left the tunnel pitch black. At 1/5 the tunnel was well lit while D and the background looked like an H bomb went off. I compromised both the blacks and whites while getting good midtone exposure. I told the camera it liked f8 at 1/60. I crushed the dark tones and blew out the light tones and set the shot in a very high contrast environment. The result is a nice silhouette shot which is exactly what I wanted. Understanding light and how to use your camera controls to achieve what your mind perceives and not what your eyes see is something that takes a lot of years to get right. Once you get the hang of it though it's really a simple thing to do. Total setup time to get the silhouette series of shots was 2 meter readings, 3 test shots and took less than a minute to complete. Then we had fun with the concept and went on to the next thing.
     


  5. Kas

    Kas Senior member

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    I understand your reasoning for the first shot in which you can still see part of the tunnel, but the second shot only has the silhouette: wouldn't my method have worked there?


    On a completely different topic, I just found dad's old analog Pentax ME with 28/2,8 and 50/1,8 lenses.
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/pentax/35mm/cameras/me.htm
    I'll probably take it out for a walk one of these days.
     
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    il ciclista Senior member

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    Crane, I like the cropped 2nd shot alot.

    Kas I like the vintage tone. nice picture
     


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    Nope it still wouldn't have worked. The light differential between properly exposed foreground and background is somewhere around 4 EV. If you metered for the background and then did a minus one EV shift you would have an underexposed foreground and the tunnel would be pitch black. This shot is a tight crop of a full frame shot similar to the first pic. This is an exercise in a balancing act of light that requires the use of full manual control. It won't work in any other camera mode. Now I do know what you are getting at though. You can do something similar to this by using strobes behind the subject and aimed at the camera.
     


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    Who doesn't like cookies??
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    Nice pic, IC.
     


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    What's in the lemon wedges? Colours on both are great.


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    Playing with rain drops, glass, lamppost, leaves and manual focussing.

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    excellent shot, I like the leaves poking through. This would look cool as a huge print. I think they were orange wedges with some kind of jello in them.
     


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    some shots from Prague:

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