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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:33 pm 
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You have: a sunny day, no classes, a camera sitting in a bag doing pretty much nothing and free use of public transport. What do you do? Call Marijn (better known as Citruspers to you guys) and go on a little trip to Amsterdam together.

This thread will have shots of both myself and Marijn in it. Any comments, questions and feedback is more than welcome!

Here's the first shot. Still have to process the others...

Man with bike

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Here's my (preliminary) results for today!
This was also a field test for my polarizer, so sorry for those blue skies :lol:

Oh, I also snuck an HDR in here. Bjorn couldn't stop me :twisted:

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Oh, and I managed to get a shot of Bjorn without him noticing 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:27 pm 
Amsterdam eh?


Hmmmmmmmmm.........


Also, nice pictures. :o


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Ugh, yes, Amsterdam. Please note that we don't have to go to Amsterdam to score something, if that's what you're hinting at. :lol:

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The next time Im comming with you guys :lol:
Almost holiday :)

Marijn,
The photo of the bottle is an HDR right?

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Nope, the train station is the HDR :D

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Nice ones Marijn! You sneaky paparazzo!
You've kept the HDR within limitis of acceptability. Thanks goodness...
That duck-duck-dove shot must be in "da duck O' the day". I'll upload one too!
I like the one under the bridge, good exposure! (first one)

Finished editing the batch below. First off: thanks to Gordon Laing for giving me a Flickr pro account (no, you don't get a pro account when you become a moderator). I can now upload full res and pretty much unlimited files to my Flickr, which is great!

So, some shots:

Man at table

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f/2 | 1/2500th | ISO 100 | 50mm

Men in tram

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f/2 | 1/1000th | ISO 100 | 85mm

Violin player

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f/2 | 1/80th | ISO 100 | 85mm

Woman crossing road

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Smile, you're in Amsterdam!

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Not sure how many more I'll upload. These are my faves, the rest I might share with the forum only though. Not uploading those to Flickr...

[EDIT: removed last two shots from my Flickr, uploaded them to tinypic instead]

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Nice ones Bjorn. I like how there's that big difference between our styles. I'd be very curious to see your postprocessing style though, I can't replicate it in LR somehow...

I especially like the violin player, although it was kind of douchy of you not to give him some money :lol:

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Thanks Marijn!

Firstly, if I had any change on me, I'd have given the man some money. But, I didn't. Sorry.

The basic things I do to my shots when processing them:
- open in ACR 6.1 (comes with Photoshop CS5)
- decrease the saturation (- 100)
- increase contrast to around +50 and blacks to anywhere between +8 and +20
- move around the brightness and exposure sliders if needed
- (second tab of ACR) highlights: anywhere between +2 and +15, lights: anywhere between +1 and +10, shadows (?): anywhere between -1 and -8, dark shadows (?): anywhere between -3 and -20 (all depending on what I want the exposure to be like)
- (back to first tab of ACR) if I don't want it B/W, increase saturation to anywhere between -60 and -15. ALWAYS DECREASE SATURATION!
- occasionally I'll decrease vibrance a little
- increase color temperature (depend on the shot, for outside shots like this, anywhere between 7000 and 14000K (yes, I know, very high color temperatures sometimes)
- click open
- crop
- duplicate background layer
- change blending mode to 'Overlay'
- decrease fill and opacity to anywhere between 20 and 40%
- expand canvas size to 110% height
- add logo
- save

Haha, long list. Still, it's not too much editing I do. Done within a minute or so, mostly.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:13 pm 
Good work guys!

Lol Citruspers I was about to say how its interesting to see the differences in your styles


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Its always fun when 2 photographers go on a trip together... you get to see different styles and different interests in the photography... great job guys.. I want to see more :D

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Great photos guys!
Marijn, how did you make the HDR photo?
Did you in and decrease the exposure when you were home, or have you taken 3 shots with diffrent exposures?
And about that bottle again: How did you do that? Lots of PP I think :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:32 pm 
Amsterdam, where marijuana is sold in bakeries and tobacco is prohibited... uh-lala!
I really liked the very first one, Man with bike by Bjorn.
I don't want to create a competition here but I expect Marijn to overcome Bjorn with a picture.
Round 2... fight!... until death!... muahaha! :twisted:


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Some really great shots guys! I hope you had a great trip to Amsterdam! :)
And thank you Bjorn for that tutorial! :D I have always wondered how you did…

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The train station is a 9-shot bracket (handheld). Takes around a second to rattle off the frames neccesary, so handheld is doable.

I just loaded it in Photomatix, slid some sliders and bumbed some buttons and thats it. :)

I will post the bottle postprocessing later, but I used a polarizer (a bit too strong) to get a very dark blue sky.

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