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GX1+20mm on a cold day out

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by Iansky, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Snow last night but almost gone today, thawing fast but I wanted to capture a few gritty images.

    I went to the park hoping to capture lots of people in a "Lowryesque" style - alas, almost empty! grabbed 3 images then went out to a disused gravel pit to capture the workings and disused rusting machines - results below:

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  2. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Love the series, Iansky... off to research Lowry now.

    I also really dig the first shot of the gravel pit. Makes you wonder what is going on just over the hill. :smile:
     
  3. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

    782
    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Thanks Kyle,

    Lowry used to paint a lot of images with "Matchstick people" as the main subjects and I was hoping there would be loads of people in the park as the depth, misty sky, tree line and frosty ground would have worked..........alas not enough people!
     
  4. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
    Scotland
    Karen
    All really good, the gravel pit looks an interesting place to explore.
     
  5. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    love the tonality and composition on all of them. very sharp as well. btw i prefer empty or few people in a scene
     
  6. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    hmm good stuff
    care to share how you processed these Ian? Especially No.3 ...
     
  7. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    #3 is my dearest, followed by #4.
     
  8. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Love the first one. Great sense of scale
     
  9. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    Absolutely superb set of images, especially the snow in the trees.
     
  10. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    I'm curious about your processing too!
    Like the previous set you posted, these photos are just full of life and really pull you in - somehow you manage to give a 40mm equivalent FOV give the drama of a (super)wide-angle!
     
  11. Naveed Akhtar

    Naveed Akhtar SC Regular

    186
    Dec 8, 2011
    London, UK
    Very defined compositions and dramatic processing!

    :th_salute:
     
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  12. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I tend to think of the Panasonic 20mmm lens as more of a long wide-angle lens than a short standard lens. Both numerically and in practise it is closer to a 35mm focal length lens.
     
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  13. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    I mostly live at 24mm equivalent (and often wishing for wider), so for me 40mm is already deep into tele land :tongue:
     
  14. Naveed Akhtar

    Naveed Akhtar SC Regular

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    Dec 8, 2011
    London, UK
    24mm is very good if one can handle at that focal length. I always feel difficulty taking street shots and portraits with it, there is too much to balance with it and very difficult to manage a decent perception. 40mm on the otherhand gives you slight isolation of the subject, decent bokeh, and some background and foreground to add the right sense of scale and environment. But yes its totally subjective
     
  15. rparmar

    rparmar SC Regular

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    Jul 12, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    Nice set. Image 4 is fantastic!
     
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  16. thekeddi

    thekeddi SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
    Awesome set of photos! I am jealous :)
     
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  17. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Stephen
    You are really outdoing yourself. On screen these look great. I bet they are stunning in print. For me the third and fourth are impeccable - composition, exposure and post. They are begging to be printed.
     
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  18. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

    782
    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Thanks all for the nice comments and for those who have asked, my shooting processing is as follows.

    Camera - GX1 + 20mm.
    Mostly shot at f4 in apertre priority ( the wider landscape water/machines in distance at f8) at 160ISO
    All images shot in Raw

    Processing wise I use Adobe Photoshop / ACR for basic editing and do the usual standard edits of tone/colour/contrast /exposure / sharpening then use the Silver Efex Pro2 plug in for my B&W conversion and depending on how the image looks and the effect I want, I will choose the relevant effect from the options offerred - I will then tweak structure / tone / vignetting / border as I see fit and return to photoshop to review and do any final tweaking (I do find that quite often I have to pull back on levels for converted images), then save as a Tiff, resize and save as JPEG for web posting - Amen.

    I do find Silver Efex Pro a superb convertor and better than anything else for getting the results that I like - it is very much a personal thing but well worth a try and you can go onto the Nik website and download a free trial ( well worth it).

    When I picked up my GX1 I also got a voucher for a free copy of Lightroom3 - this is in the UK so not sure how wide it goes, offer runs until sometime in Mar so worth going for ( check with retailer first as only available through recognised dealers).
     
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  19. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    I did consider the 14mm but prefer to shoot my street (and most other things) using the 20mm as it gives me better seperation of subject from background and I tend to stick with f4 for my street to get that 3D effect the 20mm gives, the 14mm is good but for my street DOF is too deep even at wider apertures.

    Very much a case of "Horses for courses".
     
  20. nikki

    nikki SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 12, 2011
    Dublin ,Ireland
    Great images - I always like your trees, you seem to do them very well !
     
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