Candids at the Air Show

alexfalexf Nikon shooterPosts: 436Registered Users Major grins
edited November 16, 2009 in Street and Documentary
2009 Homestead Air Show (FL)

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  • ruttrutt Cave canem! Posts: 6,511Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 15, 2009
    Very fine B&W portraits. Got me wondering about the lens, so I looked at the exifs. Looks like you kept zooming in more, true? B.D. stresses getting close with a wide lens, but I love the bokah with longer focal lengths that you are getting in the portrait of the woman.

    The first one looks like it is probably a natural for my favorite B&W conversion technique to get a more dramatic sky. Have you tried this? You may need to use a pretty aggressive surface blur on the red layer.
    If not now, when?
  • alexfalexf Nikon shooter Posts: 436Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 15, 2009
    rutt wrote:
    Very fine B&W portraits. Got me wondering about the lens, so I looked at the exifs. Looks like you kept zooming in more, true? B.D. stresses getting close with a wide lens, but I love the bokah with longer focal lengths that you are getting in the portrait of the woman.

    The first one looks like it is probably a natural for my favorite B&W conversion technique to get a more dramatic sky. Have you tried this? You may need to use a pretty aggressive surface blur on the red layer.

    #1, #2, #3 shot with Nikon D80 + 18-70mm lens

    The other ones shot with D300 + 80-400VR which I was using for flight shots.

    I'll study and try your method. These (B&W) were done with Silver Efex Pro, but I sometimes do B&W in CNX2 myself by blending.
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  • ruttrutt Cave canem! Posts: 6,511Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 15, 2009
    alexf wrote:
    I'll study and try your method. These (B&W) were done with Silver Efex Pro, but I sometimes do B&W in CNX2 myself by blending.

    I'm thinking #1 might be a textbook case for layering red over green in darken mode. I'm trying to pull together examples for a B&W workflow tutorial. Would you like to let me see what I can do with it starting from raw (or color jpeg, for that matter.)
    If not now, when?
  • alexfalexf Nikon shooter Posts: 436Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 15, 2009
    rutt wrote:
    I'm thinking #1 might be a textbook case for layering red over green in darken mode. I'm trying to pull together examples for a B&W workflow tutorial. Would you like to let me see what I can do with it starting from raw (or color jpeg, for that matter.)
    Sure. Here's a color version. I'd like to see your take on it and learn something.
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  • ruttrutt Cave canem! Posts: 6,511Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 16, 2009
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    I started a thread in the Finishing School to show examples of my B&W workflow and this is the first example.
    If not now, when?
  • alexfalexf Nikon shooter Posts: 436Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 16, 2009
    Good job! I'll continue in the new thread.
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  • bdcolenbdcolen CaptureReality Posts: 3,804Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 16, 2009
    alexf wrote:
    2009 Homestead Air Show (FL)

    It's unfortunate that this has become a technical discussion, with little consideration of the, um, photographs.rolleyes1.gif

    This is a nice collection of casual portraits, and you've done a very solid job of dealing with what was obviously hideous lighting conditions. But...Only one of these images says "airshow" to me, and that's the last one - a very nice shot. (I realize that there are parts of planes out of focus in the background in a couple other shots, but...) Anyway, if the idea is to show that these are people at an airshow, or next time a dog show rolleyes1.gif , I'd go for greater depth of field.:D
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  • alexfalexf Nikon shooter Posts: 436Registered Users Major grins
    edited November 16, 2009
    Thanks for the comments. I did not got for the airshow theme but for the candids. It happened to be an airshow. Could've been anything else, I did not care.

    As per the wider angle, it was very crowded. Next to to impossible to isolate a person. In #1 I was so close I could almost touch him. And yes, the light was bad that day. I had to throw many of my flight shots away due to poor lighting conditions. Still working on processing a few keepers.
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