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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:35 pm 
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    7. Showman. Rue de Mont Cenis, Paris, 2013
    It is almost as if Parisian life is a 1950s musical.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:18 pm 
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    8. Stick it to... a tree? Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, 2013
    Jardin du Luxembourg is a must for any street photographer, so many people performing martial arts, running, stretching. Such a dynamic place.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:56 am 
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Nice set.

I'd love to see what a color processed version of #5 is like with all the gold and marble you mentioned. (Of course I could just google up an image.)

#6 could also cropped in half for 2 more photos. Portrait of the couple kissing, and another portrait of the couple posing for a picture.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:27 am 
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Thank you lagnificent! I have considered cropping the kissing picture, but I wanted to keep the Eiffel Tower in the frame. Have a similar picture of just the couple with the Eiffel Tower in the background, but due to the different position I took it from you cannot see their faces (kind of important in this pic).

Over the years of focusing on b/w, I have lost some of the skills of processing color images, but here goes:

5.1 Opulence (color). Opéra Garnier, Paris, 2013
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:42 pm 
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Very nice set Bjorn. I think that possibly No. 5 is my favourite.

I agree with what you say about No.3 with the van and the wedding party, it could have been an entry into this months competition.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:19 am 
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Thank you Arthur!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:21 pm 
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    9. Seine. A great way to explore Paris is by walking along the river Seine. Relaxing and relatively quiet.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:41 pm 
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I'm curious about your B&W conversions. Unlike other digital cameras, I very rarely see B&W conversions from digital Leicas that aren't pleasing regarding the tones. I don't know if this is largely a result of their owner's likely superior skills and experience, or more pleasing rendering by the camera. For example, A Tri-X aficionado friend of mine sees not only the light, textures, and shapes, but also the B&W tones when shooting. Do you do much RAW processing or are these pretty much SOOC?

Also, how limiting do you find the 50mm - do you often find yourself pulling out the D-Lux?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:35 pm 
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Perhaps I will record a video one day of the steps I take when processing a picture, but in short:
Add some contrast, darken the shadows/blacks/whatever they're called, and most importantly, adjust the color sliders in the fourth tab of ACR. These allow you to selectively darken or brighten certain color-areas in the original image. For example, orange can be used to brighten faces, red can be used to add extra contrast to faces, yellow usually changes the background, etc. It is vital to get your white balance correct for this step to work. Yes, white balance and color sliders are important for B/W, haha!
I find that each of these steps is necessary to get a decent B/W conversion. Of course, it's all done in Adobe Camera Raw and I can get it done in about a minute per picture, so it's not much at all, but it's certainly not SOOC.

As for the restrictions of a 50mm, yes, they're big. I have always felt it is good to restrict yourself to a single lens, and most of the time I get around with a 50mm, but I know a 35mm would be much better for me. As street photographers, we all learn that if your pictures aren't good enough, you are not close enough, right? A 50mm can take great pictures, but it doesn't really allow you to get close without losing context. And it is the context of a certain moment or scene that interests me most. I do not resort to the D-Lux very often though, because I rather like taking pictures with its bigger sibling - the D-Lux normally stays home (or I take instead of the M).
I am sure that my photography will change once I have the pleasure of adding a second lens to my bag, as it did when changing from the D-Lux 5 to the M9-P as my main camera. That should happen, hopefully, somewhere in 2014: shooting Leica and doing so in low light much of time (requiring f/1.4 lenses) can get really expensive... :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:51 pm 
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    10. Plan the route to the Eiffel Tower. Place de la Concorde, Paris, 2013
    "How do we get to the Eiffel Tower from here, honey?" I like how the fog makes it look as if this picture has shallow DoF.
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    11. Sun sets on Parisian streets. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris, 2013
    Looking out over the city of Paris from atop the Arc de Triomphe. What a city it is!
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    12. Stand out. Pont des Arts, Paris, 2013
    Standing out from the crowd on Pont des Arts, one of the 'lock' bridges in Paris.
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The older I get the more I dream about spending time in Europe.

Fantastic set Bjorn with No.11 being my favourite.

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You should definitely try and plan a trip to Europe Chopper, your camera will thank you. :wink:
No. 11 got quite some praise on Google+ as well, and I'm starting to like it more and more myself. Thanks for your comment!

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I am still enjoying this series of images very much! Indeed, there is something special about #11, which is quickly apparent, so I see how others like it, but the more I examine #12, the more interesting little things I see in it, too.

Bjorn, thanks for sharing your images! :) You are reviving my interest in photographing people.

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