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ADMIN EDIT: This has been split out from the previous thread due to technical issues.  The old thread can be found here:

 

 

 

Struggling a little at the moment to get my photo mojo back since lock down, I've been out a few times in the evenings the last couple of weeks but really struggling to get good compositions despite having fairly good conditions. 

 

I got these two last night, which are probably the best of the bunch.

 

(I should have taken more time here as the composition is actually ok but I should have taken a bracketed exposure and merged them later. As it is the sun effect is blown out and that distracts from the image)

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(This is a fairly safe composition, one I sometimes grab just to get something in the bag!)

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The remaining shots are just eh in my opinion so I won't bother posting them. I think I'm so relieved to be getting out that I'm putting pressure on myself to get something good!

 

I've also been trying to get back into macro photography but my results so far have been a horrible blurred mess! Last year I got it nailed but I can't seem to get it together now! Looking to invest in a new macro lens but I think more practice is needed before I splash the cash. 

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I hadn't yet.  I didn't get home from London until after 11 and it was gone midnight before I took the photos off my camera. I had a quick look through them and tinkered with a couple before falling asleep.   I was shooting bracketed because I was trying to figure out the effect the shutter speed would have on the rain, I think this was 1/75 which makes the rainfall look amazing (in my opinion at least) but doesn't work at all when people were running for shelter, the images with faster shutter speeds have fairly sharp subjects but the rain doesn't look as good to me.

 

 

 

 

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I think I prefer the colour, though I'm going to desaturate the people beneath the shelter on the right of the frame, especially that orange skirt.  

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I'm very much of the same school of thought there, get as much right in camera as you can and so on.  I don't like HDR gore or seeing the Milky Way pasted on top of a shot of a busy city centre for example. Playing around with tone curves is really all I do.  

 

 

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I posted this one on Reddit, it's an in camera jpeg, albeit cropped to 4x3 as I didn't want the guy crossing the road too far to the right of the frame.  It's weird how different the light looks here too. Same camera, same lens and practically the same spot, I'd just turned to the left a bit. It's weird how much red the bricks from the buildings were reflecting back onto the road in the first angle and how much that just disappeared here. 

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21 hours ago, HarryBizzle said:

I like the saturation in that skirt. As someone who prefers very subtle post processing, it’s a reminder that it’s not a photoshop job - just a great photo in great light. 

 

I agree this is a lovely shot, for me street photography is best when it looks timeless and here it does. I actually prefer the B&W conversion but both work.

 

Here's my cat, Mango. She was sleeping on the garage roof so I was able to get to her level. I risked my life getting this close to her paws so I hope you like it. 

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I've also attached a photo of a bee I got yesterday in the garden. Practicing manual focus with the macro. The front of the bee is perfectly sharp, but the rest is a long way off. Closest I've got to a in flight bee, little buggers are hard to capture. 

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Some more coastal shots from last night. Quite happy with these:

 

The locals call this bay Pirate Cove, and every day a local writes the name out in pebbles when the tide is out.

 

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Just around the corner is part of our seafront, this is taken right at the mouth of the river Exe.

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this is a touch experimental, done with a drone and multiple shots then composited. i wanted the cityscape but then having all the lights streaming upward. it almost worked, I think there was movement between the streaming shot and the multishot hdr for the cityscape.

 

 

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4 hours ago, majic said:

this is a touch experimental, done with a drone and multiple shots then composited. i wanted the cityscape but then having all the lights streaming upward. it almost worked, I think there was movement between the streaming shot and the multishot hdr for the cityscape.

 

 

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That's a cool effect, worth exploring more. From a compositional point of view, the lower quarter of the image distracts and makes it look a little messy. However from a quarter upwards it looks really interesting. 

Which drone incidentally?

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9 hours ago, PeteJ said:

That's a cool effect, worth exploring more. From a compositional point of view, the lower quarter of the image distracts and makes it look a little messy. However from a quarter upwards it looks really interesting. 

Which drone incidentally?

Cheers! Agreed about the lower third, I think I need to stack a few more images for the cityscape so I can increase the exposure without too much grain. 

 

Shot with a dji mavic pro 2

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Quite pleased with this, for a beginner.

 

Canon EOS 600D with a Sigma 55-200mm lens (at full extension obviously). ISO 100, f/5.6, shutter 1/100s.

 

Obviously heavily cropped afterwards, as a 200mm lens still isn't very long so it's tiny in the frame. I have a telescope but no DSLR adapter.

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Did a photoshoot for a fitness model yesterday and took my 24-70 f2-8 and 70-200 f4 

 

Barely used my 70-200 F4 since getting it so decided half way to switch to it. Holy shit is it amazing. Being a noob, I decided f4 wasn’t any good as f4 is too high for blur but fuck me am I dumb. It’s amazing as portrait lens and the auto focus work much better than the 24-70! 
 

 

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They are really nice, and f/4 is fine for bokeh if you are shooting at longer focal lengths, especially if the background is a fair distance behind the subject. You're getting blur between the dumbbell and her face in one of the shots, was that with the 70-200?

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Yeah. That was the 70-200. I did two or three shots in the same posting, that one was intentionally focussed on the dumbbells but she didn’t come out as blurred as I had hoped.

 

I think I’m revolving beyond being a shooting wide open noon and understand the advantages  of fstops beyond 1.4 and 1.8 :lol:

 

Am I right in thinking I could get some good blur with the 70-200 by shooting at 200mm but say f8? 

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Depends on the distance to the background, I guess it's down to experimentation.  I'm not experienced at all in portrait photography besides shooting my kids (who refuse to cooperate :lol:) but just through osmosis I know the classic focal lengths for portraiture seem to be 50, 85 and 135mm (35/50/90 if you shoot APS-C) and nobody ever got sacked for shooting at f/8.  

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Went out yesterday to get some dragonflies but on route noticed the light was getting nice. Never explored this area with my camera before, which is kind of crazy considering I live 15 minutes away and the view is pretty impressive. 

 

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A few photos from my phone, edited (perhaps over-edited) in Snapseed. I was out taking photos of the windmill on film, but decided to take a few shots with my new phone to see how it fared (and because it has a wider-angle lens than my 60 year old Zeiss folder!). While they don't really stand up to close scrutiny, they're not too bad.

 

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North Leverton windmill by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

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North Leverton windmill by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

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North Leverton windmill by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

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I was looking through my photos for a good panoramic I could get printed for the lounge in the new house.

As soon as we saw this one it looked just right. It's my wife on the beach at Oxwich Bay.

 

 

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16 hours ago, Monkeyspill said:

I’m getting a bit better at colour correcting negatives.

 

 

If you can scan linear TIFF files / DNGs, there's a new plug-in for Photoshop called Grain2Pixel. It's free and seems to produce pretty nice results out of the gate - certainly better than I'm getting when using Epsonscan, Silverfast, or Vuescan to convert the negatives.

 

Here's and example of an Epson V550 scan (using Epsonscan software) vs a linear tiff made in Vuescan on my Plustek 8100 and then converted in Grain2Pixel. It's on Kodak Colorplus.

 

The second image if the Grain2Pixel conversion. It's not been edited apart from some sharpening and dust removal.

 

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