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Old 04-18-2014, 05:37 AM   #1021
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i tend only shoot street photography in b&w . eliminating colors makes the subjects and lines so much more important. the only time i will shoot color is when i have a subject that is the entire center of focus in some action move.







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I've seen the work of street photographers who purposefully seek out color, and whose images work well that way. Every time I think that I prefer B&W, I find a photographer who takes great street images in color.

Mind you, I have to agree that there is something about a great "classic" street shot and B&W that goes together so well.

I am getting so close to pulling the trigger on a Fuji X100S. I've figured out that if I buy a used one in nice condition, together with the 50mm converter that is coming out soon, it will replace my old DSLR and 2 primes for the types of photos I take. So......if I sell my old body and lenses, it will fund the purchase of the newer camera. This makes my frugal self very happy, and keeps my photo self happy too
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Playing around with a new HDR program:

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I've figured out that if I buy a used one in nice condition, together with the 50mm converter that is coming out soon, it will replace my old DSLR and 2 primes for the types of photos I take. So......if I sell my old body and lenses, it will fund the purchase of the newer camera. This makes my frugal self very happy, and keeps my photo self happy too
Glad to hear you figured out a way to rationalize justify the new camera! No doubt you'll enjoy it.

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Nice! What HDR software?
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Played around in PS to make a composite, flipping the tulips horizontal to make the light appear from the right the way the clouds are and cutting out the black background with the pen tool and replacing that with a sky. Perhaps not believable but the colors grab my eye.
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Nik HDR Efex Pro.
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Nice urbanscape .... The colors all work well together. A lot of good 'patterns' of buildings and cars, windows, escape ladder - repetition is good. . Tree adds a nice foreground element IMO, and stops the eye from going further left, as it follows the line of houses and cars downhill. There's movement, and a lot of detail to hold the attention.

Sell it somewhere... A local lifestyle magazine or something. It's a really nice composition, and best use of HDR I've seen so far.
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Sell it somewhere... A local lifestyle magazine or something. It's a really nice composition, and best use of HDR I've seen so far.
It really does illustrate that HDR can enhance many photos. Well done!
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It really does illustrate that HDR can enhance many photos. Well done!
It can enhance photos in certain conditions,but it doesn't really do anything for most photos. Been playing with it, now that I have Linux up and running on a photo dedicated box, and I'm still not impressed. its doing nothing more than layering different exposures, which can be done in PS style editors. It merely automates the process, which is nice, but appears to be limiting creative choices - at least with the version Ive been using; and I admit I've not explored it much, so I may be missing some things. So far, I think I'd prefer setting up the masks and doing it in PS without HDR software. That opinion may change with time, though.

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HDR is more for enthusiasts.

Most people won't carry a tripod to shoot bracketed photos or spend the time and money to post-process HDR.

I think most people would be content with in-camera HDR as "good enough," especially since they don't need tripods or another piece of software.
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"Most people won't carry a tripod to shoot bracketed photos or spend the time and money to post-process HDR."


Yea - these tripods can be cumbersome to carry...


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I've been too busy to take any shots lately, but I just finished building my hand tool chest, and took a few shots of it with my shop lighting
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Yea - these tripods can be cumbersome...
Not to mention the bulky large format camera, portable darkroom, and all those wet plates

But kidding aside, it's pretty neat to see how sensor performance has made it possible to handhold in more situations than before. As very much a casual enthusiast (with the emphasis on casual), I just hate carrying gear around!
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Not just casuals who don't want to lug gear.

Look at how more people are getting mirrorless, either to complement their DSLR kit or to replace it.

I just returned from a trip to Corsica. Packed a tripod but used it once. Was lugging around my camera for 5-7 miles a day, mostly on non-flat terrain. My tripod is light but if I took it with me all the time, my back and shoulders would have felt it.

Not to mention, if I stopped to set up the tripod and take brackets, it would have slowed me down. So the choice is either to take shots for brackets on tripod or keep going, covering more ground.

Some of the most scenic shot opportunities were on boat cruises that navigated to inlets, coves, grottoes. No chance for tripods there.
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The urbanscape photo I posted above was taken handheld using bracketed shots on the rather compact Fuji X100S.

Playing with HDR, I am learning that a light hand is usually better for the kind of results that I am looking for. One vexing drawback is the frequent presence of artifacts in HDR composites (ghosting, halos, etc...). Some can easily be fixed, others not so much.
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