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Reply #3395 on: January 24, 2018, 10:11:06 PM

I haven't done much photography since last year, but I did arrange a friend to come and model for me as an experiment in high-key portraiture.


IMG_9885-Edit.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr


IMG_9900-Edit-Edit.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr


IMG_9946-Edit.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr

And a MF shot, Arax-88 on Fomapan 100.


Chloe High-Key003-Edit.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr

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Reply #3396 on: January 25, 2018, 08:32:48 PM

Top two are great. I feel like high key doesn't work as well when the subject fills less of the frame.
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Reply #3397 on: January 25, 2018, 08:38:06 PM

Top two are great. I feel like high key doesn't work as well when the subject fills less of the frame.
I agree. My plan was to concentrate on head/upper body shots but she wanted some longer shots as well to show her corsets and her dresses.

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Reply #3398 on: February 02, 2018, 02:20:06 PM

Some shots from a recent portrait shoot for a friend.


IMG_0039.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr


IMG_0116-Edit.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr

And some colour analogue shots from the high-key shoot from a week or so back. Medium format (6x6) on Portra 160. I love the way that Portra has a very flat contrast curve until you hit the very dark parts, then it just falls off a cliff. Gives a very unique look.


Chloe High-Key024-Edit.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr


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Reply #3399 on: February 10, 2018, 05:50:40 AM

Nice shadows on the first one. Looks like something you'd see in a movie poster.

Couple of martial arts photos from me.


2017-11-19 BSKF Taikai 007 by IC Shorinji Kempo, on Flickr


2017-11-19 BSKF Taikai 028 by IC Shorinji Kempo, on Flickr


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2017-11-19 BSKF Taikai 022 by IC Shorinji Kempo, on Flickr
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Reply #3400 on: February 14, 2018, 09:06:25 AM

Went to an abandoned Communist-era hotel on the shores of a local lake at the weekend.


IMG_0171.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr


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IMG_0186-Edit.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr


IMG_0191.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr

Medium Format

Arax002.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr


Arax009.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr

35mm Panoramic (KMZ Horizon)

Horizont009.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr
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Reply #3401 on: February 14, 2018, 11:06:08 AM

These pubg graphics are getting very fancy.

I should get back to nature, too.  You know, like going to a shop for groceries instead of the computer.  Maybe a condo in the woods that doesn't even have a health club or restaurant attached.  Buy a car with only two cup holders or something.

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Reply #3402 on: February 21, 2018, 06:47:24 PM

I tested my new Exakta today on my way around the local university. It is pretty broken but probably fixable. It is a lovely camera though and crazy looking to boot.


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Reply #3403 on: February 22, 2018, 08:45:25 PM

Love all this.

The martial arts photos are great, Moses.

I love ruin photography unreasonably. Though it's honestly scary to do sometimes.
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Reply #3404 on: February 25, 2018, 09:15:43 PM

Miscellaneous. Haven't been in the mood as much lately.








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Reply #3405 on: February 26, 2018, 03:10:27 PM

Lovely macro photography - how are you picking your subjects? Just taking what you see on a walk?

There was a light festival here in London a couple of weeks back. Most of it was pretty disappointing but I walked by this on the way home:


2018-01 Lumiere 004 by Aled Moses, on Flickr

This is what it usually looks like:

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Reply #3406 on: February 26, 2018, 04:02:45 PM

Yeah, for macros, I consciously decide to go on a macro walk. If I'm looking for insects in the summer, I carry a couple of extra things--a spray bottle with sugar water (they'll often hold still if they land on it or get near it while they drink it up) and a little flashlight rather than a full size flash.
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Reply #3407 on: March 07, 2018, 06:30:24 PM

Napalm Death at the tiny metal club around the corner from my apartment.


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Medium Format (Arax, Volna 80mm, Ilford XP2 Super)

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Reply #3408 on: March 07, 2018, 06:57:26 PM

When I was a teenager I hid my weed in an empty Napalm Death cassette case.

Awesome pics man.
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Reply #3409 on: March 07, 2018, 08:58:34 PM

Good feeling in those. Really nice job.
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Reply #3410 on: March 08, 2018, 09:24:11 AM

I really like the pink high key portraits at the top of the page here. Iain, would you mind if at some point I used some of your stuff for reference to paint from? I need to build up a stock of my own reference, but my camera skills suck and trying to get models and whatnot...

Not really deep into painting, as I'm only painting in class right now. But I'm focused on portraiture in charcoal this year and taking a color course in paint, so next year will likely be heavy on portrait painting to get my speed up, experience with color and different subjects, and a portfolio.

At some point I'd also like to get into atmospheric landscapes; moonlit clouds, foggy cities, snowstorms, etc.

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Reply #3411 on: March 08, 2018, 09:55:57 AM

I really like the pink high key portraits at the top of the page here. Iain, would you mind if at some point I used some of your stuff for reference to paint from? I need to build up a stock of my own reference, but my camera skills suck and trying to get models and whatnot...

Sure, go for it. I'm trying to get more into portraits and more organised stuff (rather than candid walkabout shots). Like you say it's hard to line up models - especially for me as my Slovak is still very bad. I try to push my technical boundaries and try something new with each shoot too which makes for a high rate of 'welp, that was a wasted afternoon'.

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Reply #3412 on: March 08, 2018, 02:48:53 PM

Do you know if there is a way to get a live view from a camera to the laptop (I'm using a MBP w/ Lightroom)? Tethering is great and all, but I'm trying to learn my setup with self-portraits and the ability to watch a monitor while I pose would be nice. I've got a few models lined up, one of which I'd like to sit before she graduates college and moves away (and unfortunately she's not a regular model, so probably not up for nudity). But I'd like to pay, because most of them model for a living.

And thanks, man. I'm going to stash a few in my ideas folder for when I get to that phase of the project.

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Reply #3413 on: March 08, 2018, 03:13:36 PM

I don't think so with tethering. But you can do it via the Canon Connect phone app. The problem with that is that the flash won't fire in live view. You can however wirelessly tether your camera to your phone to make the phone a remote trigger with live view and all the camera controls on the screen. You can basically access everything on the camera except things that require physical movement such as zooming.

Fake edit: apparently you can't have live view on your MBP with Lr, but you can if you use the Canon EOS Utility.

Re models and their limits. I always have a chat with my models before we even meet to talk about what they are up for, what their expectations are and what we are going to do in general terms. Quite a lot are fine with tasteful nudity or semi nudity and those that aren't sometimes become fine with it after a session or two once they've confirmed that I'm respectful of their personal space and security. Most of the stuff I do is with friends or on a TFP basis, so the shoot ends up being fairly collaborative - I want to do some of my ideas and they want to do some of theirs so we try and figure out what we can achieve in the shoot for both of us. If you're paying models and you specifically want nude/seminude work then, as long as you mention it up front in the pitch or ad, you should get responses from girls who are ok with that.

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Reply #3414 on: March 08, 2018, 05:16:19 PM

She's a coworker that I mentioned modeling to in passing because she has an awesome nose. She was asking about modeling at school and I did mention the nude thing. Kind of awkward, but I'm not bothered by it, as a male coworker has both sat for a portrait and done multiple nude life drawing sessions. Like I said, I want her to sit for a portrait, and if she stays in the area after school, develop it further because she's perfect for some Jeremy Mann/Nadezda style work. But I'm a few years out from doing anything that ambitious...

Thanks for the pointers, I'll play with those apps.

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Reply #3415 on: March 12, 2018, 08:15:16 PM

A bit of Socialist Modernism in Bardejovske Kupele.


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Reply #3416 on: March 12, 2018, 08:33:07 PM

I was gonna go out to do some night shots in Times Square and I just thought to myself, "Why, this is something a million people have done". Not the greatest mindset for doing fun photography.
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Reply #3417 on: March 13, 2018, 01:47:29 PM

I don't think so with tethering. But you can do it via the Canon Connect phone app. The problem with that is that the flash won't fire in live view. You can however wirelessly tether your camera to your phone to make the phone a remote trigger with live view and all the camera controls on the screen. You can basically access everything on the camera except things that require physical movement such as zooming.

No wifi on the Canon T5i :(

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Reply #3418 on: March 13, 2018, 02:56:26 PM

I thought you had a 70D? I seem to remember when I got mine, that you said something about having the same model.

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Reply #3419 on: March 16, 2018, 07:22:59 PM

OK, trying to follow the thread title, and take more pictures. To do that, I'm using the phone more because I'm lazy. I'm still not meeting that goal, but I am doing a lot more photography, which has me getting more interested in it which maybe means I'll do even more.  I'm having some surprising success with the Pixel XL, after being horribly disappointed at seeing how beautiful the pictures the S3 took looked on the phone and how they turned into blurry messes when shown on a desktop.  Here's my best recent one with the Pixel:

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Reply #3420 on: March 16, 2018, 08:02:13 PM

And here's one I took a few months ago. Shell is about 2 inches across, so not too bad for simple phone lens, hand held, no macro.


The shell is from an abalone or muttonshell as I think it's called in Australia where I found it.

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Reply #3421 on: March 16, 2018, 09:36:40 PM

Went to the Arboretum east of Phoenix trying out a new lens. Lots of garbage pictures, a couple I liked.

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Reply #3422 on: March 17, 2018, 09:28:03 PM

Hummingbirds! Great.

I like that shot a lot, Count. I think that's the spirit of it: picture your life. Doesn't have to be anything great--I think maybe the photo nerds are shitting this up too much with all our talk about whatnot. All photos taken by all devices at all times are interesting, by definition.
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Reply #3423 on: March 18, 2018, 12:40:34 AM

Thanks! I like it too and think it is pretty great.  Oh ho ho ho. Reallllly? 

My objective with photography is to capture the beauty of what I see, both for my own enjoyment later, and to maybe brighten or enlighten the people who walk past it every day without noticing.  Best success with the latter recently was stopping in the grocery store parking lot to take some pictures of an incredible sunset. Pictures were decent snapshot quality at best, sunset lighting is tricky and a parking lot full of cars doesn't make the prettiest foreground, but at least 10 people walking by/past/around me stopped and looked and enjoyed the view only because they saw me doing it.  My challenge is trying to do a better job at capturing the beauty I see. Mastering the technical craft is necessary for that, at least as much with lower end equipment as with the really pricey stuff. And I know my biggest weakness (other than shaky hands) is in post processing. Like I don't do it! LOL But in the pursuit of improving, suggestions and constructive criticism are quite welcome.

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Reply #3424 on: March 22, 2018, 05:10:50 PM

That's a great philosophy, and how I got into photography, to help me appreciate the beauty of the natural world.

Quick snap of London on a nice day:

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Reply #3425 on: April 14, 2018, 05:19:25 PM

Photos from a walking holiday weekend a couple weeks back, with near gale force winds and temperatures just above freezing awesome, for real. The first one is not the kind of photo I naturally take, but one of my buddies spotted some really interesting features and I thought it'd be good practice trying to turn them into a photo.


2018-04 Lake District 004 by Aled Moses, on Flickr


2018-04 Lake District 001 by Aled Moses, on Flickr


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Reply #3426 on: April 14, 2018, 05:52:49 PM

Lovely shots. I like the middle landscape especially.
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Reply #3427 on: April 21, 2018, 02:25:39 PM

Merci beaucoup! Some holiday snaps from Paris over the Christmas break:

The Mona Lisa in the Louvre:


2017-12 Paris 001 by Aled Moses, on Flickr

Pont Alexandre III, a very nice bridge:


2017-12 Paris 005 by Aled Moses, on Flickr


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Reply #3428 on: April 22, 2018, 08:40:53 AM

My attempt at being artsy. View of Linz through Zipfer.

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Reply #3429 on: May 05, 2018, 02:20:27 PM

Some shots from the balcony of my new apartment.


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