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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:43 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:49 pm 
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I agree, both color and b&w are great! Did you use some kind of reflector for the third portrait?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:54 pm 
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Really nice shots! Good job! :)

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:27 pm 
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great shots and again......i prefer the B&W ! :D

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:20 pm 
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Thanks guys. No refector or light modifiers used - just ambient light as I found it. The floor acted as a soft reflector in #3, and in all 3 I was in quite dark alleys, with soft light on the scene from alleyway entrances around 30-50ft away


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:17 pm 
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What body and lens did you use? You're getting good noise control at those ISO settings, at least from my frame of reference.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:41 pm 
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Nikon D700 and Carl Zeiss 2/35 Distagon


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:10 pm 
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dubaiphil wrote:
Nikon D700 and Carl Zeiss 2/35 Distagon

Nice setup!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:22 pm 
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I agree, really nice! Even though I'm a Canon-lover, I really like the Nikon D700, and I bet that lens is a beauty :D

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:58 am 
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It's my favourite combo for street now. I've only recently started using it up close with people and like the results. Shot 3 above was a crop, as if I got closer I would have blocked the light and lost the moment. Even with a lowly 12 MP, cropping tight was possible, but this was about my limit. After cropping, a slight under exposure of the RAW file and subtle tonal contrast from Color Efex software and it was done

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:50 pm 
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I like all three, and really enjoy being able to view both color and monochrome versions. Perhaps, later, I will select a favorite. I am not a trained art critic, but I know there is something special about all of your images posted on Cameralabs.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:00 am 
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Thanks RexGig

I got very lucky with the light here, which makes a huge difference. In low light like this, the camera tries to bring up the exposure and brighten it, exposing to the right. I knew with a check of the LCD that I had a few nice shots and no clipping. Then it was just a case of bringing the exposures down from the RAW file and adding a little bit of Tonal Contrast i pp and hey presto.

So I could have shot in manual and under exposed the shot there and then but the D700 gives good colour and acceptably low noise results up to around ISO6400 at a push so I knew I was safe letting the auto ISO ride and just concentrating on the shots.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:27 pm 
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As always Phil, superb shots from difficult conditions. Right to crop the arms from 3 and, for me, No.1 definitely looks better in B&W - but only because the hair looks a tad dodgy in colour. Perhaps you can put that down to jealousy from someone who is "follically challenged!"


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:45 pm 
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Superb portraits. 8) I like #'s 2 & 3 in B&W, they have real character, but I actually prefer #3 in colour because it shows the unatural hair colouring they use. (btw, he looks like Eric Cantona! :lol: )

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:26 am 
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warth man wrote:
As always Phil, superb shots from difficult conditions. Right to crop the arms from 3 and, for me, No.1 definitely looks better in B&W - but only because the hair looks a tad dodgy in colour. Perhaps you can put that down to jealousy from someone who is "follically challenged!"


Thanks warth man.

I couldn't get closer (I'd have blocked the light) or asked him to move (I'd have lost the light) so I had to shoot what I could with the 3rd shot.

The hair colouring, I'm reliably informed, is henna and has a religious connotation.


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