A Cooperative Subject

Discussion in 'The Black & White Gallery' started by DReali, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. DReali

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    Finally someone that wasn't completely bemused or angered by me sticking a camera in his face. For some reason crazy people just don't care as much :) I had a long chat with him afterwards and really got to like the guy, who says you can't make friends by taking photos of strangers?


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    P.S. sorry about my recent thread bombardment, I was locked on an army base for 6 months and my recent acquisition of the 50mm 1.4 has really motivated me to go out and shoot.
    C&C would be much appreciated.
     
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    I love your people shots. You do a great job in capturing the right facial expression every time! What lens was used? The bokeh is great. Also, what type of PP did you do on this one?
     
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    Once again Felix you flatter me, thanks! I have 3 lenses a Canon EF-S 50mm f/1.4 (my new baby) which I used here, a Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 (brilliant as a walk around lens), and a Sigma 10-20mm wide-angle zoom which I use for landscapes and sometimes for gigs if there's enough light. I strongly recommend the Canon 50mm 1.4, for $350 it's a steal.

    I always sharpen my images first in pp. There are many ways to do this but the method i prefer most is the following (photoshop cs3): I duplicate the background layer(original image) and set the blending mode to soft light. Then I add a high pass filter to the duplicated layer and adjust the pixels to my liking. After that I use the b&w layer (I know very unprofessional but I find it's a great tool in cs3). With this tool you can adjust the brightness of the different colours in the photo to achieve different tonalities. If you have a blue background for example, and you want to make it dark you just drag the blues down and everything that was blue in the color version will be a darker shade of gray (you kind of have to try it to undersatnd I guess). With this black and white layer you can also "tint" your photos and I almost always use a little sepia (saturation at about 7). After that I adjust the levels to individaul parts of the photo. I usually brighten up the eyes and face a bit and darken the background. I sometimes also add some vignetting to further isolate the subject. I hope this answer your question :)
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    What a character! Great capture, at just the right time. I admire your courage to just go up to a stranger and take a picture. I'm getting a little better at this, but will always try to be real sneaky about it if I can, haha. I think what you are doing in your pp works very well. Your tint on the sepia side is interesting...I like it. It gives the photo a little warmth rather than the true black and white treatment and your tones are perfect. Overall, great shot, this is one of my favorites from you.
     
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    Ahhh yes that definitely answered my question. I was wondering how your black and white's always came out so warm. Adding sepia to it is very clever. I use the same sharpening technique as you except I set my layer to overlay instead of soft light; I'll have to try that out for myself.

    Thanks for the detailed response and please keep posting more street shots. :thumbup:
     

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