I want a Nocti now. How does one extract and sell a kidney? Great work, Charles... I like the last one best
Mike, great titles, cute shot
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Ashwin, this shot is awesomesauce
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Ashwin that last set was amazing ..... It's one of those instances where the quality of the image jumps out at you before the content .... they look surreal ...
Really great images from HK .... I especially like this image
Andrew this image is spectacular ....
Thanks everyone for the comments on the image of the Kid beating the tire with a baseball bat.....
You are right Ashwin now that I think about how close I had to get with the 21 .Dangerous indeed .....
Here is one from yesterday
M8.2 21 SA
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Andrew, great stuff. Love the expression of the guy on the right.
Charles :P that's one really cool shot. I keep seeing these Chinese-Triad-looking motherf*ckers that I really wanna shoot... Old men in flamboyant suits wielding canes... :P The lady with the blacked out eyes in the corner gives me the creeps though...
LOL, Mike, I love the image and the title!
LOL. damn. That's a man isn't it... There was this site Hillary and I stumbled upon (it showed up on my facebook feed) called "Granny or Tranny" which was... basically a quiz that tested your skills at determining whether the person in the photo was a Granny... or a Tranny. I... didn't do so well.
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Everybody: Thanks for posting and the generous comments.
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Patrick, Lloyd and Charles, thank you
Charles, great street portrait!!
The way I put on borders is through photoshop... Image > Canvas Size. Check off Relative, put the anchor in the middle square, and play with the "New Size" options. Though, he has a shadow on his, so I'm guessing Andrew made a new layer underneath the photo that's a bigger than the photo... added a shadow effect... not too sure!
Also, I got my hands on a Fuji Xpro today... It feels like... a machine. I don't know how I feel about it, It's efficient, but almost too modern. Just my two cents
For making the borders, Joe Colson, an amazing photographer who posts regularly in the MF threads, as well as the Nikon threads, has written a script he's made available to anyone who wants it. Here's the link to his Photoshop page. It's the first entry: Joe Colson Photography | Photoshop
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I've been feeling rather un-motivated to photograph for the past few days. I find that writing in my notebook is a little more interesting for me in Hong Kong. I dislike being restricted to guessing focus and composition. I can take near 75 shots a day and only come home with about 10 that are well composed, and only 1 that I really like... which, I guess is the life of the average shoot-from-the-hip photographer XD. I believe I read an Eric Kim article on how you can take a hundred photos in a day, but only come up with 1 that you really like, and that in your lifetime, you'll have maybe a hundred photos that you really like, but people will only remember about 15 of your very very best. That gives me hope
I'm not sure if I should even post the photos I took today, though, I guess I'll contribute! I decided to push the limits of my ability to guess distance, shooting from the hip at f2 with my Canon 35/2. I need to work on my guessing skills XD
I've been in the 6x6 mood lately... and have been looking for a TLR. I blame Hillary and her recent Rolleicord purchase XD Makes me wish I had one again! If anyone's got a TLR they're looking to sell, preferably in the $100 range, I'll be more than happy to take it!
I had dinner with my uncle today, he's the current owner of my first camera. He told me I'd have better luck shooting Hong Kong locals as a foreigner of different race, as Hong Kong natives are less paranoid about tourists than they are about their own kind. XD I guess I'll have to make myself look a little more touristy to shoot the way I want to!
On the topic of family: Staying at my grandma's place, I've come to appreciate how close my dad's side of the family is. I find that I can talk to all my uncles and aunts on my dad's side and feel like I'm being heard. The apartment I'm living with is shared by my grandma, one uncle, and two aunts... and now my family. It seems like it'd be impossible to get along with so many people in such a small place, but my relatives love it here. They look out for each other and help each other, which is nice. My family on my mother's side is a different story though. My grandma on my mother's side is extremely ill, though half the family could care less about visiting her, and some even refuse to. I've only seen maybe 1/3 of my mother's side of the family... and some of them don't even know I exist. It's a shame that it's come to that, really. I don't really know where I'm going with this, though I know that these are things that I'll keep in mind when I start a family of my own
David, nice shot!
Patrick, great story and shots. I'm enjoying your journey
Shots from this afternoon in the older parts of Tainan 24 Lux and 50 Nocti.
Tallai, Queensland Australia.
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Nice pix, Patrick. Interesting contrast between the sides of your family. Sad about your mother's side, but great to have the relationships of your father's side. Enjoy your time with them, it passes much too quickly.
Lloyd, Matt, Ashwin, Mike and Charles, thank you
thanks for the comments guys! Lloyd, I agree... its a shame I live on the other side of the world from my dad's side of the family. Time does pass much too quickly...
Charles, the shots from Tainan are beautiful... and everytime I see them, I want myself a Nocti... and the ability to shoot so comfortably! Great travel photos keep up the good work. My favourite is the one of the man on the bike
Had a good day today Took lots of photos and even got to know a guy here in Hong Kong!
Here's stranger number 9
We took a walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui harbour today, a place my parents frequented when they were dating. They tell me that it's become a tourist attraction now, and that Hong Kong has expanded a lot, a lot of man-made land has been added to it. The area was filled with tourists from mainland China, Singapore, the Philippines, and of course... my family
I saw a man fishing (not an uncommon sight here) on the edge of the harbour. A tourist was standing next to him, asking him something, but the fisherman didn't understand Mandarin... and the tourist didn't understand Cantonese. "I don't understand what you're saying, understand?" he tells the tourist. I laugh, and he looks at me "I don't get what he's saying, and he doesn't understand what I'm saying, but it's rude to just ignore him" the fisherman says to my family.
He reels in a fish, "the spikes in the fin are poisonous" he says to the china-man. The china-man nods, then leaves. My mom asks him if he caught anything today, and he says "I've caught three." My mother asks him if he eats the fish. "I just come here to pass the time." he says. The breeze from the water is nice, keeps you cool. It's not a bad place to relax!
The man uses a small orange handle with fishing wire wrapped around it. It looks like it's a kite handle.
I've decided that complaining about shooting from the hip is useless 'cause I'll have to do it anyway. Instead, I'll try to get better at it... I got a few shots I liked today...
These goofy guys were sitting infront of 3 bikes and sign that said "Biking around the world!" :P They say they're from argentina
I also took a look at the used Leica equipment here in Hong Kong... the prices are ridiculous. Rangefinder photography... and photography in general in Hong Kong has become somewhat of an Aristocratic hobby... with skill being an optional requirement. The dealers here acknowledge this, and know exactly who's going to buy and who's just there for a look. It's a judgement based on appearance (do you look like you'd have the money to blow, or do you look like a bum?) and whatever equipment you have hanging out. My shorts, tee, cheap watch ($150...) and M8 with Zeiss glass (has to be modern leica glass, or rare vintage glass) all point to me being too poor to play the leica game. Dealers dismiss people like me. I asked for the price of a lens... "a few thousand" they say, knowing that I wouldn't buy anyway. I am tempted to leave each store with a very kindly, happily toned "eat a dick", flash them a smile, give them a slight nod, and see if they know what I'm saying.
There WAS one leica dealer that wasn't horribly rude. There's a chain of camera stores, Tin Cheung Camera. The location in Tsim Sha Tsui at the K11 Art Mall is full of nice, helpful employees.
Great set, Patrick. One of your best. Love the fisherman, and the first two from the hip shots are really terrific. The stern look on the face of the man in each makes it. Nicely done!
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Agreed with Lloyd. Along with the "drunk" series, one of my favorites from you, Patrick. hope to see you and Hilary in Seattle this summer!
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Can you please share your impressions about working with this combo?
I have the 135 Telyt and it's not the easiest lens to focus,
even with liveview on my NEX-5N. Its focus plane is very shallow...
How is Fuji X-Pro1 handling the focus with a lens like that?
I assume you use the LCD...
Charles: still loving your portraits from Tainan
and hi Patrick just when i think you're gone for the day, you pop up somewhere else xD
finally out of my photography rut! I went to my high school's grad showcase for their creative arts department which I had participated in last year. Keeping up the standards xD so lots of really good work as usual. I always get a funny feeling when I photograph artwork, so I shot during the drama presentation. I also snuck out near the end and walked around the grounds for a bit :P
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and PS: sorry Rob, no 50mm photos from today, but the battle of the 50s will commence at some point soon xD
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Vancouver's so pretty... It'd be fun to see what you can do with that Rollei on your school grounds! When you mentioned a forest by your school, I didn't imagine that. We have this dinky forest near my school... twiggy trees and weeds.... that's what I imagined! The dynamic range and detail in those photos... so impressive! Hillary, you're gaining a lot of traction with this photography thing
If you like this forest then you should see the rest of Vancouver xD I was actually surprised when we landed just how much nature there is here.. We'll sneak back into my high school when you're here and you can see it for yourself 8D and thanks Patrick I guess I'm improving..?
Well, for my borders, I'm sticking with the LR export plugin because I don't have photoshop and will probably be too lazy to open it. I experimented more and found the correct settings to put the annotations on the outer border and tweaked it some more... So here's one shot of my son with his mischievous smile:
I also detailed my settings here: Automatic photo borders with Lightroom... - LeicaLux
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David/Patrick/Charles/Hillary: nicely done, all
Everybody: have a nice weekend (3 day Memorial Day weekend, if you're in the states)
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Very nice Hillary. I also like the forest shot - great colors. The B&W shot looks a little "hazy" - is this the result of the lens type or PP? And yes, Vancouver is a great city with ton's of outdoor activities and beautiful nature.
That border looks fine David. Does Photoshop come complete with a set of standard borders? I will likely just stick with the LR4 preset.
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Hi Gary, I shot with my CV 40/1.4 so it shouldnt be hazy.. might just be PP I'm thinking
And David, nice borders and 50'lux
The 135 is a challenge on the M, but I find it reasonable easy to focus on my EVF cameras. Maybe it's just me, but I think it'd be a bit harder to focus on the XPro-1 than 5N, due to the slower recycle rate in the EVF....I use the EVF, not LCD, to focus it...
Great Job, every one !
Shiro, stunning capture for the old man, liked the composition !
Andrew, another stunning captures from HK ! well done !
CharlesK, yet another mastery shots with the Nocti and 24 lux ! well done !
Patrick, loved your B&W set, amazing work, good job !
hillary, excellent captures from the theater, loved the expressions !
David, congrats for the 50mm lux, looks great ! enjoy and cheers!
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Patrick, Hillary, Matt and Mohammad, thank you guys
Patrick, love your earthy B&W work! Very nice
Hillary, very nice captures from the theatre!
David, congrats on the legendary 50 Lux Asph Love the shot of your son!!
Mohammad, great stuff! Love the expressions and atmosphere of your captures. B&W is so well suited here
Wonderful set Charles. And this one is my fav. The expression, the surrounding, the color.