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    a few more from Rome last month:

    "what was he thinking?"

    "That's cheap for a PRADA!"

    "baby not interested in Castles"

    could be the captions

    All S2 70mm, C1 processing...the S2 AF 'sort of " got the focus right.

    Many Thanks to Marc on his suggestion on how to prep for using AF on the S2

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    Here are a few images from last week - tracking mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda (S2 + Apo Summarit 120mm)















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    Great Shots! Ausgezeichnet! Bajec^ny'

    Manual focus of course. But they are sharp and the light was low in the trees, no?

    was this 320 or 640 ISO?

    Handheld?

    Whatever, good work and wonderful positions...

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    Kurt,
    I know you are visiting this, give me a call.
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    This shot is cropped to a panorama, rather than a merge.

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    Re: S Is For Show Us Your S2 Shots

    Quote Originally Posted by gogopix View Post
    a few more from Rome last month:

    All S2 70mm, C1 processing.

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    Hi Victor,

    Nice shots but they all look overexposed and a bit washed out (both on my home and office screen). Is that deliberate?

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    Re: S Is For Show Us Your S2 Shots

    Hi Victor, thanks for your words of praise. Indeed, the light was low in the forest and I had to use manual focusing all the time. All shots were handheld. ISO was 320 for the sunlit images and 640 for the darker ones. I took pictures in even dimmer light in the Kibale forest - such as these below. The S2 is perhaps not the ideal tool for this kind of conditions but I think the images turned out all right after all - that's the challenge of using whatever camera one has with him.





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    Quote Originally Posted by gogopix View Post
    a few more from Rome last month:

    "what was he thinking?"

    "That's cheap for a PRADA!"

    "baby not interested in Castles"

    could be the captions

    All S2 70mm, C1 processing...the S2 AF 'sort of " got the focus right.

    Many Thanks to Marc on his suggestion on how to prep for using AF on the S2

    regards
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    Dear Georg

    thanks for the comment. On the observation, I must check as it is fine on my laptop.

    They print just fine; as an example there is no "255,255,255" on the girl's blowse
    These wer all Prophoto processed in C1 and rendered as jpgs for this. I then did a size change in PS5, then rescrunched the jpg (7) so there could e highlight compression.

    I am an 'expose to the right" believer for MF the fix with the histogram in C1 with autoexposure I dont think there was any need here, as the S2 just did the AE.

    Anybody else seeing these overexposed? I generally do all the work in Tiff 16 bit and print on the 7900 Epson or on Kodak 8600 (you remember that; ALMOST a real photo...dye sub LOL)

    If anything they look a little dark on my HP HD 2560x1900 screens

    But hey, who knows what jpg 7 will do after a size reduction.

    Thanks for the comments though, I'll check the raw histogram

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    I wonder; see the histo for the jpg.
    good eye, but wonder why this compression at the ends? likely the 14 vs 8 bit and lots of highlights and shadows
    need to adjust for the web I guess,

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    Hi Victor,

    Nice shots but they all look overexposed and a bit washed out (both on my home and office screen). Is that deliberate?

    Georg
    ok now I quoted the right one!

    Anyway here is the raw file histo. guess you need to be be careful when you crop for the web.

    On tiffs I usually crop then play to expose what is interesting; I like a light touch on the "highlight-shadows" as you can get posterizing which is a far greater problem in my view than a little overexposure or some missed (and uninteresting) shadows.

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    Victor, On your screen shot, the photo looks fine and very different from the photo posted above. So I assume it must have to do with the export function. BTW, I see the same differences on my office computer, my Apple labtop, and my iPad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogopix View Post
    bbbbbbb


    Anybody else seeing these overexposed?
    regards
    Victor
    I wonder; see the histo for the jpg.
    good eye, but wonder why this compression at the ends? likely the 14 vs 8 bit and lots of highlights and shadows
    need to adjust for the web I guess,
    They look well exposed to me,no clipping ,at least to my eyes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by baudolino View Post
    ...I think the images turned out all right after all -

    Martin,

    I keep coming back to these...wonderful captures - this one evokes so many emotions and is perfect in frame and exposure...awesome picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMB View Post
    Victor, On your screen shot, the photo looks fine and very different from the photo posted above. So I assume it must have to do with the export function. BTW, I see the same differences on my office computer, my Apple labtop, and my iPad.

    Georg
    Firefox = super over-exposed and washed out

    IE = look great

    Don't know if it's a color-space issue or what.

    I've seen this another time, someone's night cityscape was really posterized in Firefox but looked good in IE.

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    Taylor thanks for posting this. I compared Safari and Firefox and, indeed, in Safari everything looks great. I was really wondering why no one else was seeing the washed out photos that I saw in Firefox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Martin,

    I keep coming back to these...wonderful captures - this one evokes so many emotions and is perfect in frame and exposure...awesome picture.

    Bob
    Thank you for feedback, Bob. It is one of my favorites from the trip, too. Martin

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    Our friends, the Batwa people (otherwise known as the pygmies)



    Some equatorial, ehm.. sartorial elegance on the Equator

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    Sunset in the Teatons

    180 mm



    70 mm

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    rad sunsets!

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    Very, very nice. This thread is so dangerous. On my last visit to HK my friend and I stopped off at the Leica store to shoot some in shop portraits. A very bad idea.

    I will be watching with great interest to see what Leica has in store for the S2, as there are lots of rumblings about a price reduction ahead of the S3.

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    The S2 has the greatest defense against me buying one--price. And no, that is no good as I only have one kidney already.

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    I thought I post this one here rather than in the fun with MF thread.

    S2 70mm, tripod. Yellowstone canyon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post
    The S2 has the greatest defense against me buying one--price. And no, that is no good as I only have one kidney already.
    Wow Shashin,

    I never thought I'd hear you express these thoughts (interest in the S2 as lovely as it is, espcially it's lenses). I always thought you held the 645D in high enough regard...almost sacrid...and I can't blame you either!

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    Wow Shashin,

    I never thought I'd hear you express these thoughts (interest in the S2 as lovely as it is, espcially it's lenses). I always thought you held the 645D in high enough regard...almost sacrid...and I can't blame you either!

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    I do hold the 645D in high regard, but I also hold a whole bunch of cameras in high regard. I guess the thing about the 645D is it is underrated--I have heard a lot of folks poo-poo the camera for not very good reasons and so I champion the camera more than I normally would. Although it does look like a pig with the A 35mm on it.

    The S2 is a special camera and the only SLR built from the ground up--everything else is based on an existing film format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post
    I do hold the 645D in high regard, but I also hold a whole bunch of cameras in high regard. I guess the thing about the 645D is it is underrated--I have heard a lot of folks poo-poo the camera for not very good reasons and so I champion the camera more than I normally would. Although it does look like a pig with the A 35mm on it.

    The S2 is a special camera and the only SLR built from the ground up--everything else is based on an existing film format.
    I agree with your stated thoughts almost to the letter. Both cameras are to be admired but for different reasons and I am extremely impressed with both with each having strengths and weaknesses when all factors are taken into account. But really, a "pig"? How insensitive...maybe more like a loveable pygmy hippo .

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    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    ...maybe more like a loveable pygmy hippo .
    There, that is the mental image I needed.

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    3 shots in the "Zittauer Gebirge"

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    Quote Originally Posted by baudolino View Post
    Here are a few images from last week - tracking mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda (S2 + Apo Summarit 120mm)
    I feel rather like this on waking in the morning, but after I have got my bearings I realise I ought to look like this:



    Wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrism View Post
    I feel rather like this on waking in the morning, but after I have got my bearings I realise I ought to look like this:



    Wonderful.

    Chris
    I keep coming back to these shots too. Terrific images on many levels. Additionally many other S2 images to admire in this thread.

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    Playing around in the garden with the 120

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    Re: S Is For Show Us Your S2 Shots

    With all of the talk of the Monochrom dominating the Leica chatter, I thought that I'd add a few black and white images with the S2 to remind everyone that the S2 can still deliver the goods.

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    Kurt,
    beautiful set..
    Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KurtKamka View Post
    With all of the talk of the Monochrom dominating the Leica chatter, I thought that I'd add a few black and white images with the S2 to remind everyone that the S2 can still deliver the goods.

    Kurt
    Wow! I specially like the 2 ladies on the sofa and the last one. Have you pre-ordered the S-Monochrom?
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    Those are sensational Kurt.
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    Kurt, thank you for sharing these B&W images!
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    Kurt, fantastic images! Wonderful tonality in these black and whites too. Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KurtKamka View Post
    With all of the talk of the Monochrom dominating the Leica chatter, I thought that I'd add a few black and white images with the S2 to remind everyone that the S2 can still deliver the goods.

    Kurt













    Kurt

    These shots are truly awesome. First because, as with all your work since going to Manila, it documents the Philipine people and their life so very well. Secondly because the S2 so wonderfully captures your work. The black and white images are just sensational

    Great stuff

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    Thanks Woody! I appreciate the comment.

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    Great work Kurt. Enjoyed this series very much!
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    Thanks Arif and everyone else who has left a note. Hopefully, it demonstrates the versatility of the S system and the pliability of the images. There's a lot to work with to suit one's personal style.

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    Really great pictures Kurt. The first one is amazing, as well as the two ladies on the sofa.
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    Really great pictures Kurt. The first one is amazing, as well as the two ladies on the sofa.
    +1 Those two are my favorites too. Kurt wonderful images and not only becuase they are B&W, but also due to the subject matter and the way they are composed along with the moment captured. Thanks for posting this set of images.

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    Kurt, the first one and the last one are my favorites. Terrific set.

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    Ok Kurt. I have to add the first one is a killer shot. The guy looks so amazingly cool. His look, skin, holding the cigarette. Could be a shot out of a super cool movie.
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    Re: S Is For Show Us Your S2 Shots

    Staying with the B&W theme and chiming in with some human interest - photographs taken in the Bwindi Forest, Uganda


    This is James, the pygmy chief, explaining how his people left the forest 20 years ago.


    One of the trackers who leave hours before the tourists every morning, to locate the gorillas.


    Teachers from the local school, providing the rhythm section for the kids' impromptu welcome dance, while we wait for our drivers to collect us from the edge of the forest.


    Local kids watching us, the muzungu, with the same interest as we watch them.


    Local girl, Bwindi.


    The Bwindi orphan group performing for the tourists (i.e. me and my companion traveller)
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    Hello muzungu, how are you?
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    These are wonderful, and I'd say important, images, Martin. Beautifully and sensitively captured. Love the B/W processing as well. That touch of warmth is perfect.

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    Baudolino,
    wonderfull images, Thank you.
    I also like the b&w processing.
    I find one great thing about the S2 and its lenses that it seems (to me) to no give the image to much "fingerprint" but just shows things with a "neutral" unbelievable clarity.
    I wish I was as good photographer as some here who put the S2 to such great use.

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    Re: S Is For Show Us Your S2 Shots

    Well done Kurt! Still in the phils I see... Are you a permanent resident or an expat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Clennan View Post
    Well done Kurt! Still in the phils I see... Are you a permanent resident or an expat?
    Hi Gary. I'm an expat for the next couple of years. So much opportunity to shoot here ... I only hope I can provide the people the look it deserves.

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    Wonderful shots, Martin. Love the black and whites. Thanks for the great look into a part of Africa that is truly fascinating.

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    Hi Baudolino,

    As many others have expressed, simply wonderful images, both from a technical and reportage point of view. The slight warmth in very inviting and contributes to the humanistic touch of the people portrayed. Thanks for sharing these.

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