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"One Prime" Rehersal - Lichfield (12 pics - 700k)

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    Posted: 22 September 2007 at 19:48
An impromptu trip to Lichfield this afternoon seemed a good opportunity to find out just how difficult October's gonna be...the town is mainly known for its architecture [esp. the cathedral], so that's the principal theme

...and the answer is - very!

My personal rules are:

KM5D + MinO 28/2.8
In-camera B&W and Contrast/Sharpening adjustments
NO PP [incl. cropping] - so all contrast/exposure adjustments must be carried out 'live'.

Some of todays I took maybe 4-5 times before I was happy with the review pic - and then when I got home decided I still hadn't got it right, LOL - I couldn't decide which of these I really preferred, so will be interested to hear opinions.

Anyway, comments & criticism welcomed, but please bear in mind the above criteria and any suggested improvements should be related to in-cam capabilities...

























Thanks for looking - cheers

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sanjuro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 September 2007 at 19:53
Lol, I had that same prime now during 2 weeks.
Nice serie and nice warm up.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 September 2007 at 20:00
Tough set of rules (but a nice set of pictures).

Something about the shot of the two spires and frontage of the Cathederal reminds me of a heavily tattood body (not sure if that is sacreligious now that I've written it - no offence intended to anyone I assure you...)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 September 2007 at 20:03
Good serie!
Maybe little on the dark side?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote IanMiddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 September 2007 at 20:16
Originally posted by Bob Janes Bob Janes wrote:

Something about the shot of the two spires and frontage of the Cathederal reminds me of a heavily tattood body


Know what you mean, Bob - don't think I've ever seen so much detail and statuary on the outside of a building!

Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:

Maybe little on the dark side?


Thanks Maffe - have to admit that, although I try & calibrate the brightness of my cam-screen for the prevailing conditions I'm never sure about it - a number of these were taken with up to 1-stop -ve exposure to stop highlight-clipping [after reducing contrast if possible] so I guess I overdid it and should have just let some of the skies/whites blow-out - thanks for the comment, will have to balance better next month!

Cheers

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 September 2007 at 20:24
I think that High light klipping is a issue that is "invented" with digi-cams:)
For me itīs more important that the subjekt I shot is right exsposed and sometimes that result in blown high lights.
 



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Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:

Good serie!
Maybe little on the dark side?


...and gray? Nevertheless, very nice shots - love the architecture and perspective. TFS :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote IanMiddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2007 at 07:51
Originally posted by dogears dogears wrote:

...and gray? Nevertheless, very nice shots - love the architecture and perspective. TFS :)


Thanks, Dogears - do you mean that they look a bit 'muddy' ? - ie lacking in contrast & "punch" - if so, then I fear its a result of my efforts mentioned above to stop the highlight clipping...

...with all of these, I was adjusting the contrast & exposure to avoid this, and I think I've overdone it - I can see that using the in-cam settings only will be a 'fine-line' between allowing a little 'blowing-out' and retaining enough contrast to give the image some "bite"!

Many thanks for the comment - looking forward to the challenge of next month...

Cheers

IDM

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MiPr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2007 at 09:12
The cathedral is really impressive.
Personally I would go for a more dramatic B&W conversion.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote IanMiddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2007 at 09:43
Originally posted by mipr mipr wrote:

The cathedral is really impressive.
Personally I would go for a more dramatic B&W conversion.


Thanks, mipr - I'm actually shooting RAW+JPG, so I can have a go at getting better results than what I manage with the in-cam processing...

...have tried a few with HDR/Tone-Mapping and they look a lot better, but the challenge was to try & 'maximise' the results without PP - hopefully this'll teach me just how much I can 'push' it - and also, next month, what benefit DRO+ brings to B&W on the A100 vs the 5D.

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