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2 hours ago, Ste_S said:

 

Highlight and/or shadow sliders in post, the gradient tools if you want to apply an effect selectively.

 

In your instance I'd probably start by bumping the exposure up a little bit to brighten up the ground, then crank the highlights down to get detail back in the sky and see how that looks.

 

Thanks. I'll have a fiddle. I don't have Lightroom, unfortunately, because I don't shoot enough to justify it, but hopefully there'll be an equivalent setting in the Nikkon program I use.

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If you are shooting handheld then I don't recommend filters as they'll just get in the way. 

 

A lot of pros are moving away from grad filters as they can just bracket and sort in post, though personally I prefer to use the filters still as I prefer to know I've done it 'right'.  You'll still need to use a full ND filter to slow the exposure time though. 

 

If you do buy filters the cheaper ones will put a nasty colour cast on your image, which aren't always easy to recover from in post. 

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5 hours ago, PeteJ said:

If you are shooting handheld then I don't recommend filters as they'll just get in the way. 

 

A lot of pros are moving away from grad filters as they can just bracket and sort in post, though personally I prefer to use the filters still as I prefer to know I've done it 'right'.  You'll still need to use a full ND filter to slow the exposure time though. 

 

If you do buy filters the cheaper ones will put a nasty colour cast on your image, which aren't always easy to recover from in post. 

 

You can fake long exposures in Photoshop by blending multiple images. E.g.

 

 

A polariser is probably the only thing you can’t replicate in software or by bracketing etc.

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4 hours ago, FishyFish said:

 

You can fake long exposures in Photoshop by blending multiple images. E.g.

 

 

A polariser is probably the only thing you can’t replicate in software or by bracketing etc.

Cool, didn't know that, not sure if I'd ever find a use for it mind. 

Yes agree with polariser!

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I had slightly better conditions...

 

St Pauls at Sunset

I spent an hour sat at Baker Street tube taking shots.... got a few im

pleased with but yet to edit....

 

Alone

A new rooftop has just opened next to the walkie  talkie, Fen court.... free to get into and no tickets needed. The whole roof is open so loads of space..... you can also use tripods (I didn’t have one)

 

 

Evolving Skyline

 

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Awesome stuff. I'll definitely get along there in a week or two, the city is just far enough from work (Marylebone) for me to not be able to get there and back in an hour, which is kinda annoying.  Baker Street on the other hand is about 400 yards away and I keep meaning to do the old platform photo but I'm just too tight to pay to go though the barriers. 

 

Anyway, my son had a teacher training day today so I decided to take him Go Karting with one of his mates (it's weirdly difficult to find a track which lets under tens race, I had to travel nearly 40 miles to Stourbridge to get him in) and it was fun to shoot them racing. Conditions were as bad for photography as you'd expect, fast moving targets in a poorly lit room where the Karts, tyre walls and race suits were all the same shade of black. Took a ton of photos, some as high as ISO5000 and I'm pretty surprised at how well they turned out. I've not seen them on anything bigger than a phone screen yet but that's kinda all I wanted them for anyway: 

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A few recent photos taken on my Minolta XD-7 on plain old Kodak 200 35mm film.

 

A portrait of my mum: 

My mother!

 

 

London in Puddles

 

Minolta XD-7

 

Shaft of light

 

 

And then a little test photo on my brand new (But very much second hand) Mamiya 645 Medium Format camera.

 

Portrait on Mamiya 645 Pro TL.

 

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Some shots from a trip to Manchester a few weeks back (visited the MArtin Parr exhibition, which was very worthwhile). All taken with my Olympus 35 RC with JCH Street Pan film (and a few on Fomapan 400). The JCH film resulted in very contrasty images and the negs from the indoor shots are extremely thin, but the ones taken in bright sunshine are very nice.

 

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FILM - Close Encounters by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

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FILM - Commute by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

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FILM - Vortex by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

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FILM - On the steps by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

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FILM - Shadowman by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

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FILM - Appy Allan by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

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FILM - Tracksuit by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

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FILM - He's got eyes in the back of his head by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

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FILM - Depart in shadow by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

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Managed to get along to the St Patrick's Day parade in Brum. The local council say it's the third biggest in the world behind New York and Dublin, though I'm not sure how they are measuring it. Took a load of photos but I've not managed to get them onto a computer yet. This one was just sent to my phone via the app. Loved his tache, and how obvious it is that it had quite literally just rained on his parade but he didn't care.  

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I went on holiday for 3 weeks to Thailand and a few days in Taipei. I took my camera everywhere but didn't get great chances to take the sort of photos I usually like as we were mainly visiting family in Thailand - and in Taiwan I was with my wife's friends and had to follow them around everywhere (not understanding what was going on because they ignored me and spoke in Thai the whole time). But I did get a chance to meet up with an old friend in Taipei who I hadn't seen in more than 20 years.

 

Throughout the trip I didn't feel very inspired to take photos. I don't have as much enthusiasm anymore. I still took loads but I feel like I'm just taking the same type of photo and not doing anything new or interesting - or what the point of it is. Anyway, here are a few I edited today.

 

From Above

 

From the Window

These first two were actually some of the last photos I took from the plane window. The blurriness is from the window glass and not some faux tilt shift effect.

 

Cola

Sunrise just outside my wife's parent's house. Horrible busy road with no pavement.

 

Hotels and Casinos and Stuff

I liked the contrast of the shitty foreground buildings and the gaudy casinos and hotels in the background.

 

Embers

Incense sticks in one of many Buddhist temples we visited.

 

Maimai

 

Arcade

I quite liked the checkerboard floor.

 

Hands

This guy was fast at making pancakes.

 

Pink Glow

Sunrise on the first day we arrived because I couldn't sleep. Still can't sleep.

 

I'll get round to uploading more later. I've got a few of my brother-in-law's (Thai monk) ordination ceremony that might be quite interesting.

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Evening Redness

I quite like this one but there's some noticeable banding in the sky - or it might just be my screen. 

 

Closing Up

Taken from the balcony of an AirBnB in Taipei. I was bored.

 

Sun and Aerials

Just a sunset but I liked the aerials on the rooftops.

 

Peeking

Climbing gravestones to escape from a pack of stray dogs.

 

Rinse

Part of a Buddhist Monk ordination ceremony.

 

Hot Wax

 

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15 hours ago, Monkeyspill said:

I quite like this one but there's some noticeable banding in the sky - or it might just be my screen.

 

Just your screen I think. I really like the second one, I'm a sucker for that kind of lighting that looks a little like a videogame.

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I've had a dry spell with the camera, probably a good six months where I've just not wanted to do anything (despite buying a new MBP for Lightroom). I've also been off work (graphic designer) for the past 2 months with depression YAY! I've done sweet FA creatively in this time and Its starting to get to me. So I've fired up LR room and just picked a random shot in my pile of shame and done some colour tweaking.

 

Would be good to get some feedback. Things I'm aware of  A) there's not enough sky B) too much depth of field and C) my wife's hair was all over the place and it would be an utter pain in the tits to clone out wisps that are cutting across her nose.

 

I've been a bugger for using presets in the past but I'd like to get to know LR better and creating stuff that I want rather than just happy accidents and fudging my way through it.

 

Meta - 1/2500 at F1.8 50mm ISO 200

 

Before

 

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After

 

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I think I kind of prefer the before image. The increased contrast has lost some of the details and made it look a bit dark. The colour looks better in the edit though.

 

That said, I still don't know what I'm doing with my photos. I've never actually used Lightroom. My laptop is ancient and really slow and Lightroom seems to freeze it up. I just muddle through with an old version of Adobe Camera Raw and PS. 

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Head Washing

Head washing at my brother-in-law's monk ordination. 

 

Soap?

I'm not sure what that stuff is - it was bright yellow - but the photo came out better in black and white.

 

Kin Khao

Just an angry cat eating rice.

 

Stall

Flying ice cream juggler in Nakhon Pathom.

 

Year of the Pig

Year of the pig.

 

Reflection

 

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Scooter boys at Birmingham's St Patrick Day parade. 

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Close up. The heavens opened for about fifteen minutes and I'm guessing this guy wasn't too happy about it. 

 

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Taxi at Piccadilly Circus one evening. 

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Guys going out for a bite to eat in Chinatown, London. 

 

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Girl who has had the same idea. 

 

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Cherry blossoms in Oozells Square, Birmingham. 

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Alfie Bradley's sculpture 'Knife Angel' which is currently standing on display outside Coventry Cathedral. 

 

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Coffee shop window.  The stuff on the window is probably spit but as this was in Soho I'm willing to concede it might be spunk. 

 

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Coventry. 

 

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Bloke nursing a coffee, Soho. 

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Some lovely photos in here! Genuinely inspiring stuff!

 

I've had my first roll of 120mm film back since buying my Mamiya 645. I'm really enjoying medium format. It means having to learn how too focus all over again on this camera, but it's been a lot of fun. And 15 photos per roll sure makes you be more selective about the pictures you're taking!

 

Here are a few that I took on expired Kodak Tri-X 100 Black and White. There weren't as many artefacts as I thought there'd be considering the film expired in 2006, but it's got some character. My girlfriend gave me permission to post these just in case it looks a bit shady! 

 

I'm not thrilled with the scans. I've just bought an Epson Perfection V600 so I'm going to start scanning my own photos. Any recommendations on where I can get film developed for cheap in London without the extra scanning costs?

 

Mamiya LB (3 of 1)

 

 

Bathtub Contemplation

 

 

Bashful in the bath

 

Balloon Kid

 

Lisbon Alley

 

Miss Monochrome

 

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4 hours ago, Scratchy Bollock said:

Some lovely photos in here! Genuinely inspiring stuff!

 

I've had my first roll of 120mm film back since buying my Mamiya 645. I'm really enjoying medium format. It means having to learn how too focus all over again on this camera, but it's been a lot of fun. And 15 photos per roll sure makes you be more selective about the pictures you're taking!

 

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I'm not thrilled with the scans. I've just bought an Epson Perfection V600 so I'm going to start scanning my own photos. Any recommendations on where I can get film developed for cheap in London without the extra scanning costs?

 

 

Some nice shots there. I really like the one with the buggy and balloons. :)

 

Both my MF cameras are 6x6 format and I've been thinking of looking for a 6x45 / 6x7 / 6x9 camera to give me a different format (possibly a Bronica ETRS).

 

I have a V550 scanner (it's the same hardware as the V600, just without the bundled software and a few other non-photos-related features) and it works a treat on medium format scans, so you should be able to get some great results. I've recently bought a Plustek 8100 for my 35mm stuff though as, while still good, I think the V550 struggles a little to pull detail from the negatives. Can't offer any recommendations on London labs unfortunately - I get all mine processed by Peak Imaging as they are local (and good!).

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More stuff:

View from Airbnb

View from our Airbnb in Taipei.

 

Sun Moon Lake

View from a cable car at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan.

 

Alleyway

Taipei alleyway.

 

Do Things with Love

Stray dogs on the beach in Hua Hin.

 

Above the Wires

I quite like the soupy sky in Thailand.

 

Booth

Part of an abandoned factory in Kanchanaburi.

 

Kanchanaburi

Another sunset.

 

Up in the Clouds

Last time I was here, this big Buddha had scaffolding covering it. 

 

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Same statue from 2014.

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1 hour ago, Scratchy Bollock said:

Thanks @FishyFish, looking forward to trying out the scanner and seeing what results I get! From what I've heard, much better than relying on shop scans. Which cameras do you currently own?

 

I scan all my B&W medium format negs on my V550 but have started sending colour stuff to Filmdev. It's not that the MF scan quality from the V550 is poor in any way, but I can never seem to get the colours how I think they should look. I tried recently to match a Plustek scan of a Portra 160 negative to the one I got back from Filmdev and I got it 95% of the way to being identical, but it took loads of time, so I've decided to stick with a lab for colour stuff (new stuff at least - I might re-scan some of my older 35mm colour negs on the Plustek).

 

Cameras... too many. :) Probably about fifteen film cameras in all, although some of those are just P&S compacts that were given to me and I've not used yet.

 

Medium format, I have a Yashica Mat 124 G and a Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16. I've also got a Lipka Rollop TLR that someone gave me, but I've not had chance to test it to see if it's working.

 

35mm I have a bunch, but my faves are the Olympus OM-1, Olympus 35 RC, Olympus Trip 35, Nikon F70 & F80, and a Canon Sure Shot Telemax compact (the only film camera in my collection that I've had from new, and which I tend to keep in my coat pocket for grab-shots. It's a nice little camera though - the beach scene I posted on here last week was taken with it).

 

I'm trying not to buy any more unless it's something particularly desireable, but sometimes you find them at bargain prices and just have to have them. :)

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On 24/03/2019 at 23:21, Monkeyspill said:

I went on holiday for 3 weeks to Thailand and a few days in Taipei. I took my camera everywhere but didn't get great chances to take the sort of photos I usually like as we were mainly visiting family in Thailand - and in Taiwan I was with my wife's friends and had to follow them around everywhere (not understanding what was going on because they ignored me and spoke in Thai the whole time). But I did get a chance to meet up with an old friend in Taipei who I hadn't seen in more than 20 years.

 

Throughout the trip I didn't feel very inspired to take photos. I don't have as much enthusiasm anymore. I still took loads but I feel like I'm just taking the same type of photo and not doing anything new or interesting - or what the point of it is. Anyway, here are a few I edited today.

 

Kinda seems as though you know the reason for the lack of inspiration.

 

If you're not shooting professionally, you're taking photos for yourself. Generally for me it's simply photos to remind me of moments and feelings and/or something that would look good on my wall.

I tried taking photos for Instagram for a while, which I found to be a bit of soulless experience. My most liked photo on there I have zero connection with.

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2 hours ago, Ste_S said:

 

Kinda seems as though you know the reason for the lack of inspiration.

 

If you're not shooting professionally, you're taking photos for yourself. Generally for me it's simply photos to remind me of moments and feelings and/or something that would look good on my wall.

I tried taking photos for Instagram for a while, which I found to be a bit of soulless experience. My most liked photo on there I have zero connection with.

Yeah - I guess it wasn’t that bad but I did end up getting pissed off which didn’t make me feel like taking many photos. That said I took loads - 1000+ - but most of them were a bit shit.

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