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Offline Infinitely Content

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #11400 on: Saturday 9 March 2019, 01:01:01 pm »
Few new collage/photo montage pieces. Proper wanting to get these shared about to local musical artists or authors looking for book cover designs or album artwork. If you know anyone who they may be suitable or interesting for please do share. (site link in sig.)




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« Reply #11401 on: Sunday 10 March 2019, 12:50:35 pm »
Few new collage/photo montage pieces. Proper wanting to get these shared about to local musical artists or authors looking for book cover designs or album artwork. If you know anyone who they may be suitable or interesting for please do share. (site link in sig.)




Nice work.

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« Reply #11402 on: Sunday 10 March 2019, 01:38:52 pm »
Cheers :thup:

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« Reply #11403 on: Thursday 14 March 2019, 08:12:25 pm »
Picked up a cheap 10 stop ND filter for the FZ1000.  Assumed that the combination of small sensor and cheap filter would render it worthless, but was pleasantly surprised at my first attempt with it


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« Reply #11404 on: Friday 15 March 2019, 07:41:37 am »
Doesn't appear to have as much of a blue cast as some of the ones I've used either. Although you may have corrected for that?

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« Reply #11405 on: Friday 15 March 2019, 09:05:56 am »

I always shoot raw so the white balance is (theoretically) controllable, but as you know that's an area which I'm never confident with.  I pushed the red/orange/yellow well into the positive for this, not sure how natural it ended up looking but it's much like I remember the scene looking.

If anybody's interested, it was a Pig Iron ND1000 which I paid £12 for the 62mm version of; I just bought a 52mm version for the bairn's Canon lenses and it was a tenner.  Well worth having one in your bag, if you've also got a tripod or a beanbag (and some way of calculating the exposure).

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« Reply #11406 on: Sunday 17 March 2019, 01:19:45 pm »
Yeah, I really like this camera (original FZ1000).  Very versatile.  Not so very sharp at the long end but if you don't need to crop a huge amount then it's perfectly workable.  I think it has the distinction of being the camera that I've used for the longest continuous time since my first RX100.







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Offline Infinitely Content

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« Reply #11407 on: Sunday 17 March 2019, 05:58:23 pm »
First one is real nice, OC :thup: ND filter? Did you ever use the in-built x100s one? Never tried it myself but I've watched people on youtube get some canny results out of it not too dissimilar to yours here.

Few new collage pieces from today.










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« Reply #11408 on: Sunday 17 March 2019, 06:04:18 pm »
Aye, I used to use it all the time on the Fuji just to keep the shutter speed down because I prefer shooting open. Was handy to have but only three stops which is standard for a built in but doesn't do a lot against midday sun; this one is ten stops which let me use a five or six second exposure in bright daylight even with a minimum possible aperture of f/8. Looking forward to using it on people in Newcastle :)

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« Reply #11409 on: Saturday 23 March 2019, 03:30:27 pm »

Northumberland :aww:



More coming, almost certainly

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Offline Infinitely Content

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« Reply #11411 on: Sunday 24 March 2019, 12:29:42 am »
Superb, OC :thup: Goes without saying that the last one is incredible - I love the diagonal line of water nearish to the centre of frame, the whole composition is excellent. The light on the rocks to the left is lovely too.

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« Reply #11412 on: Sunday 24 March 2019, 08:00:48 am »
Thanks man, been trying on and off to find that waterfall for a couple of years now :) I could have spent hours there.

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« Reply #11413 on: Sunday 24 March 2019, 09:05:16 am »
Loving the waterfall shots OC - you need to get yourself booked up for a trip to Iceland...the place is stuffed full of them.

Offline kingkerouac

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« Reply #11414 on: Monday 25 March 2019, 01:51:41 pm »
First one is real nice, OC :thup: ND filter? Did you ever use the in-built x100s one? Never tried it myself but I've watched people on youtube get some canny results out of it not too dissimilar to yours here.

Few new collage pieces from today.











What are you using to create these - they're excellent by the way - Photoshop? Illustrator?

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« Reply #11415 on: Monday 25 March 2019, 06:25:52 pm »
What are you using to create these - they're excellent by the way - Photoshop? Illustrator?

Cheers! I use Photoshop and InDesign. Mainly Photoshop to handle each individual element and work with texture, cutting and opacity and then I sometimes compose them with InDesign if they require it as it's a much more precise program - used primarily for editorial design.

For example, a few pieces I've been working on today and a few days back...

In this one, the two lads were cut and colour corrected with levels, curves and blending on Photoshop. I then cut each of the shapes and textured them in Photoshop, followed by pulling each individual element into InDesign to compose them (you could do that last part on Photoshop too but it's sometimes a little harder to be super accurate).



Then these two images are from an album cover I'm still working on, the image itself is being built in Photoshop, and then I take it into InDesign to add typography, any shape elements & colours. The benefit to this is that when printing, elements created in software like Illustrator and InDesign are vectorised and maintain perfect sharpness whereas Photoshop is primarily pixel based.

Photoshop:



InDesign:



Again, you could do the InDesign part in Photoshop too, but might as well use the purpose built software when it comes to typography & composition.


Offline kingkerouac

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« Reply #11416 on: Tuesday 26 March 2019, 01:53:33 pm »
What are you using to create these - they're excellent by the way - Photoshop? Illustrator?

Cheers! I use Photoshop and InDesign. Mainly Photoshop to handle each individual element and work with texture, cutting and opacity and then I sometimes compose them with InDesign if they require it as it's a much more precise program - used primarily for editorial design.

For example, a few pieces I've been working on today and a few days back...

In this one, the two lads were cut and colour corrected with levels, curves and blending on Photoshop. I then cut each of the shapes and textured them in Photoshop, followed by pulling each individual element into InDesign to compose them (you could do that last part on Photoshop too but it's sometimes a little harder to be super accurate).



Then these two images are from an album cover I'm still working on, the image itself is being built in Photoshop, and then I take it into InDesign to add typography, any shape elements & colours. The benefit to this is that when printing, elements created in software like Illustrator and InDesign are vectorised and maintain perfect sharpness whereas Photoshop is primarily pixel based.

Photoshop:



InDesign:



Again, you could do the InDesign part in Photoshop too, but might as well use the purpose built software when it comes to typography & composition.
I use Indesign everyday and PS, Illustrator less so.
I find that since the Creative Suite launched, anything I want or need to do, I can pretty much achieve in PS and ID.
I started on Freehand and Pagemaker...so Creative Suite is so much better.
Great work though.

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« Reply #11417 on: Tuesday 26 March 2019, 01:56:55 pm »
I use Indesign everyday and PS, Illustrator less so.
I find that since the Creative Suite launched, anything I want or need to do, I can pretty much achieve in PS and ID.
I started on Freehand and Pagemaker...so Creative Suite is so much better.
Great work though.

Ah, my apologies, my previous message seems a bit patronising now after learning this  :lol:

What stuff do you do?

Offline OpenC

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« Reply #11418 on: Thursday 4 April 2019, 07:24:16 pm »
The Panasonic continues to be pretty f***ing versatile, from the streets on Newcastle to the top of Scafell Pike
















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« Reply #11419 on: Saturday 6 April 2019, 05:28:32 pm »
Got a preowned original Canon 5D coming Monday.  Full frame at last :megusta:  Finally get to see what the nifty fifty is capable of on a full frame body, even a thirteen year old full frame body.  If it works out for me, would probably look to add the 100mm f/2.8 macro and either the 20mm f/2.8 or the 17-40 f/4L and probably just make do with those three (and probably upgrade the 50 to the 1.4 at some point). Seen some absolutely outstanding stuff on explorecams.com (which, if anyone hasn't seen it, is a very useful site that allows you to match a camera to a lens and pulls example pictures off 500px and flickr).  To think that you can get a full frame body and a 1.8 50mm for less than £300 these days, madness :lol:  Obviously you have to know what you're doing, like; the old EOS bodies didn't hold your hand one bit.

Not my picture (and oversharpened/JPG artefacted to the point of graininess), but this sort of thing is exactly why I've always been intrigued by full frame; that control of depth of field over such a wide area is something I've never been able to get with any other gear.

https://500px.com/photo/163736159/marietta-by-tam%C3%A1s-ugr%C3%B3

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« Reply #11420 on: Monday 8 April 2019, 06:19:57 pm »
:megusta: haven't used a proper 50mm since film days.  That's my focal length, like. I like 28mm and 35mm but I always cropped them; reckon I could do 95% of my photography on a 50mm.



More in the pet thread, since I wasn't anywhere interesting to try it out properly.  First impressions are very good indeed, camera is in spectacular condition for its age.. and the noise the mirror makes :smitten:
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« Reply #11421 on: Tuesday 9 April 2019, 07:17:48 pm »
Jesus ???  Nothing fancy here, just putting it over the jumps a bit.















100% crop




The longer you spend being a photographer, the less you should theoretically need the bells and whistles which are made available.  I realised a long time ago that because I knew what I was doing with exposure and I didn't need all the things that they were bolting onto cameras now, I would always do better with an older model that used to be state of the art than a brand new camera that was never anywhere near.  I'm not sure why I never applied this reasoning to full-frame; Canon 5Ds were good enough for professionals for a few years from 2005 (those that couldn't afford the 1 series, anyway) and the pictures they took obviously still stand up today.  I was thinking about going back to 5D mk II which are still around the £450 mark but at some point I just got thinking about the original 5D and it became irresistible over the past few weeks.

This isn't a suitable route for everyone; the equipment is getting on now and there will be a lot of shitty examples which have been mercilessly abused and are nearing the end of their lives; maximum burst rate of 3FPS is far from nippy and will miss me a few critical shots on the street (or of my dogs running toward me); the ISO tops out at 1600 (expandable to 3200) which some will object to (not me; personally speaking I like night time and darkness to look like night time and darkness so I never pushed my cameras further anyway unless they were on auto ISO); speaking of auto ISO, I do miss that - but it's not so very difficult to just adjust ISO on the fly as you move around, particularly when the response is as good as this. 

All these things taken into account, though, you can pick up a 5D body for around £250 and the lens I used here for about £50, and although it's "only" 12.8MP (around four and a half thousand by two and a bit thousand pixels image size) I have never seen cleaner images.  Absolutely phenomenal.  The images and the metering are so good I'm barely having to do anything with these further than my usual colour adjustments - the light and shadows are just right, right out of camera.  Full frame and genuine 50mm 1.8 for around £300, man.  Incredible.

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« Reply #11422 on: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 08:59:44 pm »

Yeah, works in Newcastle too.  All 50mm






















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« Reply #11423 on: Tuesday 16 April 2019, 08:25:24 pm »







(Jill was around the corner next to Fenwicks but was deep in conversation so I didn't want to disturb her)






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« Reply #11424 on: Monday 22 April 2019, 08:35:54 pm »
Still 5D, still 50mm.  Two Glencoe, one Cheviots, two Newcastle. Need to get a 35mm for the hills, 50 is a bit tight in Scotland.