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Reply #3220 on: January 05, 2017, 05:42:48 PM

I've been working on a photo blog, mostly as a place to talk about Soviet cameras but also as a portfolio site. If anyone cares to check it out it's here. Feedback appreciated.

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Reply #3221 on: January 06, 2017, 03:48:02 AM

Nice. When you say a portfolio do you mean just a personal one or is photography work something you're looking to do?

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Reply #3222 on: January 06, 2017, 11:31:17 AM

Nice. When you say a portfolio do you mean just a personal one or is photography work something you're looking to do?
Personal for now. Maybe doing some collaborative work with other people too. I don't really want to make photography my job but I'd definitely like to open up and do more with it.

Mostly for now it's a place to point people at and to froth about terrible cameras.

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Reply #3223 on: January 08, 2017, 01:45:20 PM

Yo Moses, your pics no worky.

Snapped the moon just now with my smartphone pointed into the telescope objective:


Thanks for the heads up, had a Lightroom cock-up and ended up re-uploading the photos, which broke the links. Pretty impressed you managed to get such a good photo with your smartphone!

I can't help with the Russian cameras Iain, but if you want the website to show your portfolio, my preference has always been for sites with less photos. The feed of all your photos at once can be overwhelming and hide the impact of your most eye-catching photos (which might not even be your best ones). It does have a nice, clean interface.
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Reply #3224 on: January 08, 2017, 04:36:40 PM


I can't help with the Russian cameras Iain, but if you want the website to show your portfolio, my preference has always been for sites with less photos. The feed of all your photos at once can be overwhelming and hide the impact of your most eye-catching photos (which might not even be your best ones). It does have a nice, clean interface.
The frontpage is a dynamic gallery made up of photos that have the 'frontpage' tag. It's a curated selection but I should probably be stricter in my selection. All of the galleries work that way, they are dynamically generated based on the tags assigned to uploaded photos. Some are content type tags (urban, animals, etc), others are camera type tags (mediumformat, Kiev60, FED3, etc). That way I don't need to fuck about with updating galleries if I add more photos, I just need to assign the right tags to new images.

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Reply #3225 on: January 10, 2017, 08:47:41 AM

Not a great picture by any means. The scene was better in natura...the sun shone exactly to light up the trinity and keep the rest of the statue in the dark. That was the effect I was trying to catch.

Maybe some cropping might help?

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Reply #3226 on: January 10, 2017, 11:03:41 AM

Do you do any post processing? Just pushing contrast a bit and maybe flattening the shadows slightly might do it. I'd crop it anyway, because the edges and foreground don't add to the picture and, if you want attention to be on the gold trinity and its contrast with the dark column, then the rest of the image doesn't need to exist.

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Reply #3227 on: January 10, 2017, 12:09:54 PM

I'll give it at try, thanks.

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Reply #3228 on: January 10, 2017, 01:28:33 PM

It's also the kind of scene that may very well benefit from carefully choosing the time of day to take it. You'd get a wildly different with the sun either behind or in front of the monument too.

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Reply #3229 on: January 10, 2017, 02:09:17 PM

It's also the kind of scene that may very well benefit from carefully choosing the time of day to take it. You'd get a wildly different with the sun either behind or in front of the monument too.

This is very true. It looks like you were there in the earlyish morning based on the angle of the shadows and the relative lack of people in the area. Maybe a late morning shot would show it better?

I've been in a bit of a rut recently and have done very little photography except running test rolls through old Soviet cameras, however I was at Betliar Manor a couple of weeks ago. I took some medium format slides (which my lab has to send to Germany for processing) and some 35mm colour negatives (that my lab usually does in-house overnight) but the lab fucked up and sent them all away for processing so I only have my digital shots until the films come back.

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Reply #3230 on: January 13, 2017, 02:06:29 AM

Awesome pic. I got a telescope for Christmas and I gotta figure out how to attach a camera to it..

It's expensive and difficult. Which is why I'm just pointing my phone at it :p

Depends on the telescope. I have an old tiny celestron that I can put a tmount adaptor on and then just attach the camera.  Turns it into a 900mm f11 lens or something.

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Reply #3231 on: January 13, 2017, 06:44:57 AM

Yeah true, but if you want more than just moon & planet pics you end up looking at tracking options and things like big equatorial mounts and tracking scopes to get several hours long exposures. That's when shit gets crazy  awesome, for real

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Reply #3232 on: January 13, 2017, 03:40:38 PM

This is what I got for Christmas:
http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/telescopes/nexstar-se/nexstar-5se-computerized-telescope

Which has tracking built in and they sell a T-Adapter. Had no idea, but now I do! Sorta. Wasn't planning on using my Canon with it but that'll work.

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Reply #3233 on: January 14, 2017, 03:46:31 AM

It's all fun until you decide to get your IR filter removed and make it a real astro-photographic camera!

Iain, I'd like to make a suggestion, take a go pro with you on your next photo-shoot and film your interactions with the model.

Also, here are two Jesus ducks. It's really cold and frosty here so colors are horrid right now.


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Reply #3234 on: January 14, 2017, 05:12:25 AM

Iain, I'd like to make a suggestion, take a go pro with you on your next photo-shoot and film your interactions with the model.
Interesting idea, what purpose would you use the footage for? Just some behind the scenes fluff piece or for analysis of some kind?

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Reply #3235 on: January 14, 2017, 10:54:46 AM

This is what I got for Christmas:
http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/telescopes/nexstar-se/nexstar-5se-computerized-telescope

Which has tracking built in and they sell a T-Adapter. Had no idea, but now I do! Sorta. Wasn't planning on using my Canon with it but that'll work.

Cool! I'd be really interested to know how good the tracking is for astrophotography, please post here if you do get round to doing some :)

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Reply #3236 on: January 14, 2017, 11:39:05 AM

Iain, I'd like to make a suggestion, take a go pro with you on your next photo-shoot and film your interactions with the model.
Interesting idea, what purpose would you use the footage for? Just some behind the scenes fluff piece or for analysis of some kind?

Just to see someone else's work flow and interaction. I'd certainly love to watch it, but it would probably be more valuable to yourself to see what works and what you could do better with. I tend to take snapshots nowadays, but when I used to shoot for papers I was always trying to get the shot that told a story. I'd love to see the "I want you to look slightly to the side of the camera put your chin down an inch, move your hand up through your hair and ponder the plight of the polar bears who don't have enough ice."

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Reply #3237 on: January 19, 2017, 03:35:58 PM

Some test rolls with a FED rangefinder. Unfortunately there's a thin patch in the curtain that lets light through, maybe it can be fixed without replacing the whole shutter, I'll use it as a project later.


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Hyperactive dogs running around are hard to capture with a manual focus rangefinder...


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Reply #3238 on: January 28, 2017, 09:44:57 AM

Long exposure daylight shots down a busy shopping street, also a chance to play with gradiated filters.


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Reply #3239 on: January 30, 2017, 12:41:22 PM

Some shots from airport protests





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Reply #3240 on: January 30, 2017, 01:15:27 PM

Fucking great.  Heart

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Reply #3241 on: February 05, 2017, 11:44:27 AM

Got asked to do a short notice shoot with a local hobby model friend and her friend from out of town.

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Reply #3242 on: February 05, 2017, 06:10:12 PM

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Reply #3243 on: February 05, 2017, 07:44:37 PM

The shot outside in the snow with the door is very nice.

What do you tell your models? I find this part of working with people super intimidating. I think it's why I'm more drawn to street photography even though that's intimidating too. I don't really know what to say about expressions, posing, etc.
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Reply #3244 on: February 05, 2017, 07:47:42 PM

What's the 100-400 like at the upper end in terms of focus, sharpness, etc? Nice looking lens, at any rate.
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Reply #3245 on: February 06, 2017, 02:49:03 AM

How you talk with models depends hugely on the nature of the shoot. If the model is being paid for a client shoot and they're there to model a product then it has to be very business like and clear - what the client wants from the shoot, how they need to pose, etc, etc. Once shooting actually starts it's got to be very iterative, they need a lot of feedback to know if they're doing what's needed. I find it very helpful in that kind of shoot if the model can see the monitor and see how the shots are looking as they come out of the camera.

If the model is effectvely the client, in for example a portfolio shoot or editorial work then it's more about what they want from it. The feedback while shooting is slightly different to the commercial type of shoot because it's usually more about whether both you and the model like what's being shot. Regularly being able to see the shots helps here too.

In all shoots I find lots of communication is crucial. For anything focussed more on the model than a product then you don't get a long time of high-energy output from anyone but the best, most experienced models. I plan on a couple of 20-30 minute bursts of good stuff and a similar amount before, inbetween and after of meh stuff. In those 30 mins when it
s all popping the emergy has to come from you as the photographer too - lots of encouragement, direction, feedback, even if the model is really good and doesn't need it.

At the end of the day though I try hard to always keep in mind that they're people, despite the inherent process of objectification that goes along with anything except portraiture, and treat and relate to them as people. So much depends on the model and the job. Inexperienced models are more likely to be nervous and awkward and easy-going chat can help overcome that. The pros with experience generally just need much clearer specific direction and an understanding of their needs, i.e. let me know when you want a break, a drink, more/less heat in the room, etc. Misic often helps and letting a model know in advance that they acn plug their iPod etc. into the stereo and play their own music can be good too, but as the photographer on set you're the one in charge usually so you have to be prepared to manage too. I.e. that Pantera album may not be suitable with this particular client on set too  why so serious?

Good communication with models, clients, ADs etc, is something you're always learning, always trying to improve, and so much of it comes with experience.

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Reply #3246 on: February 06, 2017, 12:22:01 PM

What's the 100-400 like at the upper end in terms of focus, sharpness, etc? Nice looking lens, at any rate.


Supposedly better at the zoom end than the wide end.  I would have got the 70-300 L if Newegg had it for bitcoins; Then again L lenses really don't fit into the lighter and more travel friendly approach I want with my gear. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/upgrading-a-classic-canon-100-400mm-f4-5-5-6l-is-usm-mark-ii-review/5 and for people that like Ken Rockwell... http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/lenses/100-400mm-ii.htm

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Reply #3247 on: February 06, 2017, 02:17:47 PM

The shot outside in the snow with the door is very nice.

What do you tell your models? I find this part of working with people super intimidating. I think it's why I'm more drawn to street photography even though that's intimidating too. I don't really know what to say about expressions, posing, etc.

This was a TFP shoot and it was also very spontaneous for me. The girl with the darker hair was visiting for one day from out of town and the photographer they had originally lined up had bailed on them so they got hold of me with about 3 hours notice so that her trip wouldn't be wasted. They already had an idea of what they wanted to do so I just tried to make it work with the lighting, locations and props that I had handy. I'd worked with ChloŽ before (the taller girl with paler hair) but not with the other girl and I'd not done a shoot with two models at once before either. I mostly tried to build shots around scenarios - escaping to the gothic church, a fake photoshoot using one of my old Soviet cameras as a prop, a scandalous tea party etc. They reacted pretty well to that and it made it easier to direct the action because they both had a strong visual image of what we were trying to achieve. Mostly my direction came down to suggesting a scenario and then managing limb placement for best framing once the girls were in place.

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Reply #3248 on: February 07, 2017, 06:06:55 PM

Not a great picture by any means. The scene was better in natura...the sun shone exactly to light up the trinity and keep the rest of the statue in the dark. That was the effect I was trying to catch.

Maybe some cropping might help?

Cut for space



Here is what a lazy crop and contrast might look like
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Reply #3249 on: February 07, 2017, 08:11:51 PM

Problem of many vertical shots is that they end up with unused negative space to both sides of the main subject--it's why a lot of folks advise not centering the vertical subject, to avoid that precise mirroring of empty/negative space to both sides.
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Reply #3250 on: February 08, 2017, 05:24:41 PM

so, apologies in advance for the dumb question, but why is the medium format B&W so grainy?

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Reply #3251 on: February 08, 2017, 07:16:02 PM

Problem of many vertical shots is that they end up with unused negative space to both sides of the main subject--it's why a lot of folks advise not centering the vertical subject, to avoid that precise mirroring of empty/negative space to both sides.


I agree. But wanted to retain the composition in the original. I can re-crop for a better composition.
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Reply #3252 on: February 09, 2017, 10:26:45 AM

so, apologies in advance for the dumb question, but why is the medium format B&W so grainy?
The grain is inevitable with film and particularly B&W film due to the way that it captures light - colour film uses dye clusters, B&W uses silver halide crystals and dye clusters are better at softening transitions between clusters than crystals are. Different film stocks also have different grain properties and, in general, higher ISO films have bigger grain (just like higher ISO digital images have more noise). You can get archival B&W film with almost no grain but it's as slow as hell (ISO 20) and super expensive. I generally shoot 400 speed Fomapan which is quite grainy compared to say Ilford Delta 400 or Kodak T-Max 400. It's cheaper and easier to find where I live though so most of my test shots and random B&W work is done on that stock. While it's still possible to find film in random camera stores, there's not usually much of a choice of stock - especially for medium format film. I'm lucky that my local store orders in Portra and Ektar colour film especially for me but I just use whatever B&W they happen to have in the fridge.

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Reply #3253 on: February 09, 2017, 04:22:01 PM

I love the look of old film grain. I think the trick is to match it to the subject--to use it to create a more romantic feel, or to make a picture feel more hazy, half-glimpsed, dream-like.
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Reply #3254 on: February 09, 2017, 04:37:37 PM

I have a black and white gallery on my photoblog. It's almost all film because I don't generally convert colour digital images to B&W unless colour balance is impossible (like under some stage lighting for example).

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