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Some photos taken over the weekend of the women’s London Classique. Not really got the right equipment compared to others as everyone else had their bigass Canon 70-200s compared to my didly 50mm

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3 hours ago, probotector said:

Some photos taken over the weekend of the women’s London Classique. Not really got the right equipment compared to others as everyone else had their bigass Canon 70-200s compared to my didly 50mm

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They look pretty good, and think of all the weight you saved!

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Thanks, I’ve had a look at other photos people have uploaded on Instagram from the same event, I think they’ve come out average? Seen some worse and some much better there.

 

It does seem pretty random on which riders are in focus or not and there’s no Bokeh, but as a first attempt, I’m happy :) 

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I'm expecting that, by the end of the day, that this will be my most popular photo I've ever uploaded to Flickr. It's over 14,000 views already because it got into Explore (near the top - #25). It's nowhere near the top in terms of faves, but it's racing ahead with clicks.

 

I only uploaded it as a bit of an afterthought too. I quite like it, but it's nothing special I don't think, and not a personal favourite or anything. Most of the time my photos that I do like the best are not the ones that get on Explore. It's almost always something slightly random.

 

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FILM - el Periodico by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

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2 hours ago, PeteJ said:

Nice. I was just looking at Bulgaria as a potential photography trip next year :)

It's definitely beautiful! Here in Switzerland there are pretty mountains and lakes too, but Bulgaria just has more of a vastness to it, simply being larger and much less densly populated.

 

As a disclaimer though, the first two pictures are from Denmark ;) - also, there a few extra pictures on my blog in the link.

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23 hours ago, sonicwave said:

Just got back from 2 weeks of summer holidays in Denmark and Bulgaria - my first time in the latter, and it's quite stunning in places!

 

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2x Summer holidays

 

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2x Summer holidays

 

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2x Summer holidays

 

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2x Summer holidays

 

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2x Summer holidays

 

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2x Summer holidays

 

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2x Summer holidays

 

 

 

Amazing, I love the one with the other person taking a shot, I love the layers of hills, so many!

 

What did you use to take them?

 

I’ve  just been out with my newly acquired 70-200 and every picture has been shit :( 

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4 hours ago, probotector said:

 

Amazing, I love the one with the other person taking a shot, I love the layers of hills, so many!

 

What did you use to take them?

 

I’ve  just been out with my newly acquired 70-200 and every picture has been shit :( 

 

Thanks! I really like all those layers too - becoming almost abstract in the haze...

 

All the pictures above were taken with my Nikon D750 with a Nikon 24-120 f/4 lens, then postprocessed in Lightroom.

 

And yes, I feel your pain. Almost always when new gear arrives, I end up thinking that it'll somehow magically transform every photo I take into something fantastic :P All the pictures above could probably have been taken almost just as well (for internet-use at least) with a low-range Nikon DSLR and a kit-lens... In the end it's all about the subject, the composition and the lighting...

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A few random bits and bobs from a walk around Eyam the other day. These are all on digital (my GX7 micro four thirds).

 

This shot was my main reason for the trip - to recce this location for a potential visit in the autumn when there is some nice colour on the tree and the sunrise is at more amenable time. :)

 

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Country lane near Eyam by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

This is Eyam Hall. It's no longer open to the public, so I had to stick the lens through the gate for this.

 

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Eyam Hall by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

A random bit of dry stone wall.

 

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Dry stone wall by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

A cottage in Eyam village.

 

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Riley Back Lane by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

A thistle. I think I might've overdone it with the vignette on this. What do you think?

 

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Over the wall by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

 

And finally, a distant radio mast shot with an old Tamron Adaptall 2 80-210mm lens that I'd adapted onto the camera. This was probably at the full 210mm (so 420mm equivalent on the GX7). It's been gunged up a bit and had some grain added in Lightroom.

 

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Transmitting by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

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On 10/08/2019 at 16:01, sonicwave said:

Just got back from 2 weeks of summer holidays in Denmark and Bulgaria - my first time in the latter, and it's quite stunning in places!

 

Those are nice - the 2nd and 3rd images being my faves. Nice one. :)

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A few more shots from the Peak District near Eyam. These are all taken on a Minolta Hi-Matic G2 using Ilford HP5+. Sorted in chronological order as I walked the track and then back again..


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FILM - Lane beneath a tree by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr


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FILM - The other way by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr


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FILM - Limestone track by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr


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FILM - Westbound by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr


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FILM - The Felicity tree by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr - This one's slightly soft as I noticed afterwards that the focus ring had slipped from the infinity setting. As it marked the turning point of the walk I've left it in though.


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FILM - Twist in the track by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr


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FILM - Illuminated this time by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

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I found 5 old slides of my dad’s work from the 70s or maybe early 80s. The first scanned surprisingly well for a dusty bent up slide that had been left lying around in the attic for 40 years.

 

edit: My dad says 1969.

 

Presses

 

Heidelberg

 

Alpine

 

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Tried out the canon 70-200 last Sunday at a cricket match. 

 

First time where I’ve realised how slow and awkward the auto focus is on the Canon M3. A lot of shots came turned out to be out of focus but got plenty of good ones including a few “spray and pray” shots :) 

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It's been a while since I posted anything: 

 

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Dude preaching from the pulpit of St Martin in the Bullring in Birmingham recently (it's literally a church in the middle of the Bullring shopping centre if you don't know the area) and it's the first time I've ever seen anybody up there. 

 

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Rainy day in London

 

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And a sunnier day. 

 

 

 

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Demolition of the tower blocks in Bromford, Birmingham a couple of weeks ago.  These are right by the raised section of M6 practically opposite Fort Dunlop and the main Birmingham to Derby railway line so demolition via controlled explosion was impossible without closing (and potentially damaging) some very expensive infrastructure.  As a result the demolition crew have had to wait for one of those arms to become available, there are only two in the country which can reach the top of the 20 storey tower in this photo and the waiting list to hire one is really lengthy apparently.  Did make for some murderous looking photographs though.  

 

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Currently on holiday on the Northumberland coast.  It's been a family thing so I've not been able to be too self indulgent with the camera, but this was from Holy Island the other day. 

 

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And a boat trip around the Farne Islands.  The sea was a bit rough and the boat we were on was bouncing around like a motherfucker so there was a lot of spray and pray on my part but I liked this one. 

 

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Same boat as it came a bit closer. 

 

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And probably about as close to a presentable shot of a bird in flight as I'll ever get. 

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These were difficult because they scanned really badly. The first one in particular came out really streaky (I don’t think it’s noticeable now after careful editing).

 

First one is Kodak Portra 160; second is Provia.

 

Barbican

 

Barbican

 

Obligatory Barbican Flats Shot

 

The same photo everyone’s taken at the Barbican, I know but I was trying out Provia seeing how it dealt with greens.

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Was faffing about at the High Vis festival in Birmingham today, it’s primarily a graffiti thing with a ton of other street/urban stuff going on too and while it was quite crowded and difficult to get many decent photos I did manage to nab this guy on the half pipe: 

 

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I can’t decide which one I prefer.  

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16 hours ago, Naysonymous said:

Was faffing about at the High Vis festival in Birmingham today, it’s primarily a graffiti thing with a ton of other street/urban stuff going on too and while it was quite crowded and difficult to get many decent photos I did manage to nab this guy on the half pipe: 

 

I can’t decide which one I prefer.  

 

Bottom one for me. You can see more of his face and I think that improves it. Both nice though.

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Honestly? Neither.

 

If you're going for a longer lens shot of a skater, you want the skater much smaller in the frame, so it turns more into a shot of the environment that just so happens to have a skater in it. If you're going for a closer up shot you want to  be much closer and actually on top of the min ramp,  ideally with a wide angle/fish eye lens that distorts everything and makes everything look even more extreme than it is..

 

Also you can't quite see the guys face and on the first one you've shot too early and his truck isn't on the coping yet (I've got loads like that!), the second one looks like a rock to fakie or something and he will have extended the board right onto the platform at some point giving a much nice bodyform, instead he just looks hunched over..

 

Check out Leo Sharps shots from Boardmasters 2017 , which has a similar setup (I think its the same King ramp actually)... bonus points if you can spot me in them!

 

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Skateboarding shots are like anything really, you need to kind of know your subject a little to get anything good out of it... I can pretty much work out what someone is going to do by looking at their feet position on their board as they approach the transition, skaters are also creatures of habit... a lot of the time they'll do the same sequence of tricks, so you can watch them and work out what trick the'll likely be doing in 2 tricks time and get yourself in position!

 

 

I don't want this to come over has harshly critical as everyone has to start somewhere and I'm guessing you didn't go just to shoot the skaters.. but thought you might like some constructive criticism!

 

You'd have probably been allowed up on the ramp if you asked, stuff like this run by skaters tends to be a fairly chilled out affair!

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It was a graffiti festival beneath the railway arches in Digbeth so I didn't really go with a plan and were a couple of thousand people there and I was just chilling with a few mates, so going on the ramp wasn't an option.  I was jostling for a spot and the 56 (crop) was the longest lens I had. I was just shooting in continuous low and hoping to catch someone moving and in focus. 

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It was just too crowded.  It's right by where I work so I'm gonna take my 16mm out tomorrow lunch time and get a few of the new pieces without a hundred people in the way. 

 

I did get this work in progress. I liked how his shirt matched the piece he was painting: 

 

 

 

 

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