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Old 11-24-2014, 08:26 AM   #1961
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Yesterday's outing

I went for a wander through the old part of town yesterday with a friend.

We came across a group of photographers (they hunt in packs) but also got a few shots myself.
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Old 11-24-2014, 04:26 PM   #1962
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Your first shot is probably better than anything the group got lol.


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Reminds me of the old conventions, where a bored model would stand up on a platform while a bunch of wannabe fashion photographers tried to produce fine art *grin*. Some of them even had film in their cameras...


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Old 11-24-2014, 05:46 PM   #1964
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It was quite funny. They told me for $25 I could join in the group - I declined.

They had four groups of photographers and four models. There was a guy with a loud hailer who would go between the groups and tell them their time was up and move on to the next model.

Not for me!
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Old 11-24-2014, 05:49 PM   #1965
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There was a guy with a loud hailer who would go between the groups and tell them their time was up and move on to the next model.

Not for me!
Not for me either! I would develop a severe "attitude problem" and suggest that he perform an anatomically impossible act with his hailer.
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:17 PM   #1966
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I really like the B&W shot!
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Walt - I felt sorry for the 4 models who were being gawked at by all of the photographers (although they are probably used to doing it indoors and not in 35 degrees heat and humidity).

Ronstar - thanks. The B & W makes it look like it was cool and windswept - instead of the actual 35 degrees it was.
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Old 11-24-2014, 07:05 PM   #1968
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It was quite funny. They told me for $25 I could join in the group - I declined.

They had four groups of photographers and four models. There was a guy with a loud hailer who would go between the groups and tell them their time was up and move on to the next model.

Not for me!

My reply would have been, "For a thousand dollars I'll spend the day teaching you how to take photos good enough that you won't have to look like a pack of geeks trailing a model around trying to get a lucky shot. For an added bonus, I'll teach you how to get your own girl to pose for you."


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Hmm, I believe I would have to have said, 'get off of that tomb, you disrespectful idiot!', just to see how many of the cameras would have been turned on me, semi-lol.
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My reply would have been, "For a thousand dollars I'll spend the day teaching you how to take photos good enough that you won't have to look like a pack of geeks trailing a model around trying to get a lucky shot. For an added bonus, I'll teach you how to get your own girl to pose for you."
That's giving away too many inside secrets!

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Old 11-25-2014, 08:24 AM   #1971
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Taken from the balcony at 6am this morning as the high rise buildings emerge from the fog/smog.
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Very nice! I'd be interested in what/how you work with your B&W after the shot; I've been learning color post-processing in GIMP, haven't run across much discussion on B&W workflow...
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Very nice! I'd be interested in what/how you work with your B&W after the shot; I've been learning color post-processing in GIMP, haven't run across much discussion on B&W workflow...
Thanks - I bring the shots in lightroom first, generally set the highlights as low as I can, then edit in NIK Silver Efex Pro (now google). Efex Pro is the B&W part of a separately purchased plugin and has a bunch of presets. I pick a preset that I like, adjust brightness, contrast, and structure, and sometimes set control points where I can edit parts of the photo. After saving, it goes back into lightroom where I sometimes increase clarity and sharpening.

I do some stuff in GIMP, but only on the color shots
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Ronstar - great shots.

Can you post the originals? Interested to see how much processing there was.
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Ronstar - great shots.

Can you post the originals? Interested to see how much processing there was.
Ok - I'll find them and post the originals. They are in color though. I'll think of something
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Here they are raw in color and B&W (saturation turned down in Lightroom)
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I knew I would goof this up
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That's interesting.

The original photo of the statue - I probably would not have given it second look but you have processed it into an interesting photo.

Same with the photo of the dog.

I think I need to spend more time looking at my photos and having a bit of imagination.

Time....that is definitely lacking.
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