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Your current GAS list?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Patrick Sun, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Patrick Sun

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    Umm... 2 speedlites in a brolly (120cm). Oh, and technique-wise also a variable ND filter so I could shot so wide open. :D
     
  2. JohnRice

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    Well done and thanks for sharing. I was wondering how fast a shutter speed your speedlights synced at to shoot wide open, but the ND would help that in some ways. I've never used a variable ND. I'm guessing it is basically dual polarizers.

    I'd love to do some location lighting. I have several monolights, so a small generator to buy or rent would be a lot cheaper than speedlights. Then I just need an alluring subject.
     
  3. JohnRice

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    As far as GAS goes, I've been wanting the current Sigma 50-150 2.8, if anyone is in a charitable state of mind. After seeing these shots, a 30mm 1.4 might be fun.
     
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    Patrick always seems to have some at the ready. Maybe he could loan some out. :D
     
  5. Patrick Sun

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    I just know people who know people...
     
  7. JohnRice

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    I definitely prefer the color versions. They keep the fantasy effect so much more.
     
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    It's weird, I've been on a black-n-white kick of late. Especially on really colorful outfits.
     
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    Ha, I think I prefer the b/w. :)
     
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    I'd like to see the B&W with a bit gentler hand in conversion. The whites are blowing out, which bothers me.
     
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    Well, for whoever's keeping a tally...count me in as favoring the color shots.

    I found them stunning and thought the vivid contrast of the porcelain model all dressed in white against the lush green backdrop was somehow lost in the B&W.
     
  12. Patrick Sun

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    I'm probably more of a high-contrast kind of guy, hate the mushy low-contrast processing choices.

    Not shot with my 50mm ART, but with the venerable Canon 17-40L:

    [​IMG]SP_20862-3 by Patcave, on Flickr
     
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    You callin' me mushy?
     
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    Just the processing choices.
     
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    I prefer the color versions as well... although I did find some of the blown highlights in certain backgrounds problematic for the additional handful others I quickly look thru on that site -- a few of those may be where I might prefer B&W perhaps, if you can possibly dial down those blown whites, which is probably more doable in B&W than color.

    I agree w/ John about the (soft, lush) colors retaining the fantasy more. Maybe if you apply a different tone/tint (or maybe duotone?) to the B&W versions on top of reducing contrast some perhaps?

    Just a thought...

    _Man_
     
  16. Patrick Sun

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    I get the "blown whites" concern, but they just don't bother me as much anymore. I know most of the "rules", and now I look to break as many as possible. :D

    Another B/W for your viewing displeasure:

    [​IMG]SP_20919-4 by Patcave, on Flickr
     
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    I suspect you're rebelling against this annoying trend where photos have no whites or blacks. I don't understand that either.

    Those last two shots work a lot better for me in B&W. Especially the most recent one.
     
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    Oh, didn't mean to suggest having some (blown) whites or blacks is always bad. I was only speaking specifically to certain other (color) images on that site in how the blown whites (and possibly also busy, bright greens) in the background seemed a bit overwhelming for me.

    And yes, I also prefer the B&W for this last one...

    _Man_
     
  19. Scott Merryfield

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    I like the color versions, too, for the reasons already stated. It looks like that new Sigma lens is a winner for you, Patrick.

    In keeping with the spirit of this thread, we just got back from two weeks in Alaska. Once I am able to sort through my photos, I will post a few shots taken with my new 16-35mm f/4L IS. I did not end up using it as much as I wanted, though, as it just wasn't long enough for the landscapes around Denali, Wrangell - St. Elias, or the Inner Passage. I found that at times even my 24-105L wasn't long enough for some of what I was trying to shoot of the Alaskan Range, and had to use my 100-400L at times. I used the 16-35L mostly on board the cruise ship, when we toured an old copper mill in Kennicott, and while walking around Ketchikan and Anchorage.
     
  20. Patrick Sun

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    I like that my GAS is at least paying off with decent photos. :D

    Let's see the fruits of your GAS!!!!

    I shoot so much cosplay, so I tend to go through a ton of color photos, and apply various degrees of vibrancy and saturation to them, so it's nice to ease off the color pedal and just play with black/grey/white tones for a chance of pace. I'll probably be done with my B/W phase in a month of so. LOL!
     

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