Street - London 270113 (GRD3)

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Petach, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    I see you're keeping busy Pete. Keep up the good work.

    Gary
     
  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Very nice shooting (and processing) Pete. Looks like you've changed your approach to more direct interaction with the subjects. It's working for you!

    -Ray
     
  3. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    thanks guys, appreciate it.

    Ray, I guess I am moving on. LR4 is my procesing kit. I used to SFX everything to within an inch of its life.....I think I pretty much left it behind now. Nothing wrong with it....just changed my style. For some reason I had a revelation. Now I prefer to seek out eye contact at the optimum moment and I hand a card over. I take fewer shots too. I am comfy enough in my own skin to have some interaction with my subjects......never was before.


    Thanks for stopping by.

    pete
     
  4. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    Peter, these are great! Having been there on the streets in London, I couldn't bring myself to stick a camera in anyone's face. I felt Londoners gave off a big "*** off" vibe. In India I have zero qualms about stopping people and asking them to pose for me, and I use the X100, which means they're standing still for quite a while before the darn camera decides to focus on their face. This set left me wanting to see more! Great stuff.
     
  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Well, you have to feel it for it to work, and you're clearly feeling it here. It's not what I'm after - I'm generally going for the moment without influencing the moment, which requires staying largely invisible. But sometimes I end up with more interaction than I was going for and I like a lot of those too. I'd be surprised if I ever adopt that as a regular intentional way of working - street portraiture is just a different thing than I'm after at this point. But never say never - someday I might. There's no right or wrong - just different approaches. Well, I actually find the highly confrontational Bruce Gilson "in your FACE" approach pretty offensive, but short of that, it's all good IMHO.

    In any case, this is working brilliantly for you - I look forward to seeing more!

    -Ray
     
  6. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Some interesting personalities coming through in those photos.
     
  7. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    I have SFX. I looked at it and never really used it. I prefer to do everything by hand, sorta like the old dark room days. Whether it is good or bad, every image is unique and cannot exactly be replicated.

    Gary
     
  8. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Out of curiosity Gary, how is Silver Efex any different than Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop, or any other program with editing capabilities in terms of whether an image is done "by hand" or not? All of them have tons of individual controls and sliders and options that you can adjust individually to your hearts content. All of them also allow you to group various settings into presets that allow you to have every image come out with some very similar look. But none of them force the use of presets or film simulations or any specific option they offer. Whether I'm just using Lightroom (or Aperture before I switched) or if I'm using Silver Efex Pro, sometimes I use one of a few presets as a starting point and then work "by hand" from there, other times I start with a totally neutral B&W image and start from scratch. Either way, something between most of it and all of it is done by hand, regardless of the program I'm using. In fact in Lightroom (or Aperture before), I was much more likely to rely on presets because I find the individual controls in LR more difficult to use to get what I want, particularly when it comes to specific areas in an image. I find the control points in the Nik products quicker and easier to use than the brushes in either Aperture or LR to do specific work to a specific area of an image. So sometimes I'll see if one of my LR presets works well with an image without any major changes, but if it needs more "by hand" work, that's when I'll move it over to Silver Efex...

    How has your experience differed?

    -Ray
     
  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    very nice set. My favorite microbit from any of it is the disapproving glance nearly out of the frame of Mr. Full Set. But I really like them. The processing is dark and strong, but never overpowers the image.
     
  10. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    thanks for stopping by and commenting guys. I know what Ray means about "by hand", it is all by hand unless you just use a preset without tinkering. I just happen to like LR4 and am comfy using it.

    my favourite? The last one. She was the picture of sublime elegance and beauty, whilst the guy beside her (relationship unknown) was snarfing at his Bento Box. I just stood in front of her, raised Ricky Ricoh and clicked. Smiled and thanked her. I just got this baleful stare. I walked away....my heart aching.
     
  11. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    If it helps, it's a guy wearing a wig and high heels. 'Her' Adam's Apple hidden by the large scarf.

    The 'guy' digging into 'his' bento box, that's a girl with her hair in a tight bun and hidden under that very roomy hat. Her feminine features hidden under that masculine framed, large rim glasses.
     
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  12. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    phew,close shave!
     
  13. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    All joking aside, she is indeed quite elegantly beautiful. She carried herself very well, at least in this very brief moment in time you've captured of her.