Back in Alsace..
It was great to be able to document even a small portion of the run. (There are some other photographers, and a film crew (Red Bull's idea, of course) who will be joining the group over the next couple of weeks.) I was watching his progress today on the interactive map, and wishing so much that I could go back for more!
Matt, in answer to your question about his shoes (a keen observation on your part, btw), yes, they do have very large soles. Karl has been very loyal to a different brand of shoes for years, and even had very a substantial sponsorship contract with them for the past two years. However, on a lark, he tried these, in his words, "weird shoes", and was immediately hooked. He called his sponsor and said he needed to be dropped from their support. He decided he'd run in these new ones, even if he was paying for them out-of-pocket! Of course, the company that makes them got wind of it, and he doesn't have to pay. And because of his enthusiasm about them, and given his status in the ultrarunning world, their sales have shot through the roof. The brand is HOKA. I've tried them, but found the upper hit my ankle in an uncomforable way. However, with a little friendly arm twisting to from Karl, administered while we were running together, and based on his suggestion that I perform a little "surgery" on the shoes, I'll be getting a pair in the very near future. And, they have a road version, which will be available starting in about February. Also, despite the rather substantial look of the shoes, they are amazingly light.
Again, I greatly appreciate the reception given the story and the images. Very much appreciated.
You captured the essence of Alsace; Rayyan!
(pun intended... for Ayesha)
Not so far, north of Rayyan's Alsace.
A view of one the (in)famous WWI battlefields. Several major battles happened there, in particular a large part of the dreadful 1917's Nivelle Offensive. Huge artillery on both sides, no trenches (more "caves"). Almost half a million lives gone in 10 days.
Today's landscape is serene, with little scars of those days sheer destruction.
But there's still something special on the air, like a suspended, idle mix of sadness and beauty.
I waited for the light...
D3X // 20-35 @ 25mm f8
(sorry for the large width - it's already heavily downsized)
Beautiful photos looking down into the valley and the trail ahead. I esp. like the way you caught the light and cloud in the first.
The "Alsace" image is very well done. Film-like colors and great shadows.
Is that the 20-35 AF? Does it still perform well with all your megapixels? I've been considering that lens more times than I can count, but since I still don't own an FX camera, it's on hold until.... until I give in
Here's the color versions of the three earlier posted B&W's. Cheers, Matt.
Very perceptive of you Matt. The ' Alsace ' captures have been run thru a velvia 50 filter.
You guys are swell.
Back to my hike. However much I might have wanted to hurry along ( Matt indeed I am not young in the body!! ), my knees and aching body were beginning to falter.
Light..Suddenly I saw glimpses of clear sunlight! There was a bridge. I was not lost after all. I tried to quickly reach the bridge..
I felt warmer, physically and mentally. As good a place as any to sit down for a while, have a cookie and let the mind and soul wander aimlessly. Sat by the crystal clear waters of a fast flowing stream by the bridge..
Same scenery, please.
(agreed, Rayyan... "spirit" is of the "essence"... )
Matt, The Color Pops But You Know Where My Heart Rests! Still Wonderful To Look At & Dream About!
Rayyan...Make That A "Triple " On The Cookie & The 3 Of Us Can Reminisce About Days Gone By When Our Muscles & Joints Didn't Pain Us So Much!
I guess that's the word which defines best what you feel there in regard to the petty materialism in our modern (western) lives.
Haunting place, for sure.
And sorry for the slightly pedantic presentation. Though this time it's not exactly "funny".
After all with our cameras we're mere vehicles of larger places, stories and people.
Jorgen, thanks. Also for taking the time to raise this quite interesting and valid point.
It's indeed the very decision i had to make when processing this image -without being sure. I eventually opted for a tad blurred, understated sky just because i wanted place as much emphasis and focus on the grounds, where the memory of these historic events lays.
But you have such an exercised eye that you guessed right and saw right through the manipulation: the sky was indeed much more dramatic -to the extent of being possibly overwhelming with regard to the previous comment.
That said, i'll let you judge... further opinions are much appreciated.
Here's in order (clickable thumnails)
1/ the original crop, color version -not much of work and no color correction.
(note: for some reason i originally processed this batch in C1 and as mentionned before its basic profiles colors are a bit funky on the D3X files - i slightly corrected them in PS, but a re work from the RAW file in NX2 would be beneficial)
2/ original crop with the same BW treatment, before tuning the sky down (blur+ligthen+a marginal touch of blue cast)
3/ same as #2, but with the final crop presentation as posted above.
Thanks all for your thoughts, if any
Not the "ultra sharpest" of the bunch, but very good. It handles quite well all around, and AF is super fast.
I needed a reasonnably fast wide prime to complete the kit... i shot before with ZF 21 35, considered to get the 28... Nikkors such as the 20 and 24 were also a possibility (a good copy of the 20 is hard-to-find, and often expansive).
Since i'm not much of a WA shooter (10% of my shots maybe?) and not much more at 35mm (don't ask me why, but it's a FL which my brain does'nt seem to compute when taking a photo), i finally made an exception to the "primes only" philosophy when i found this one with an affordable price tag. Briefly tried the 16-35 -did that with the 17-35 in the past, but felt right at home with the ol' 20-35mm. Barrel distortion is acceptable (not really worse than the ZF 21 @ 20mmm on this criteria). Colors and contrast are OK.
It's flexible and covers my needs in this focal range. Being a hardcore 50/105 (+200mm when i have one) shooter, i'm a happy camper.
Overall, for me and for now, it's a no brainer.
Using it on a DX body should be even better, for all the reasons you're well aware of. Vignetting, corners softness and color casting... not that they're an issue on the D3X**, but they'll be even less on a cropped sensor.
**note: uncropped images above give a fair idea in that regard. BTW after checking the version i kept was 26mm @f4. f8 would have been sharper.
Corlan, Im going with your original for reasons stated by you above. Still taken aback by this respectful,hauntingly beautiful image!
Let's have a bit of bright colors in the sun...
This one woke me up..
A small incident...
I had written to a friend that after my fall while hiking, the persistent pain did not put me in the mood to get it together with my photography. I generally like one on one photos.
Anyway while walking along in Strasbourg, I ended up at the Cathedral; which is almost in the center. I had taken many photos around here the past days and was just walking past when something caught my eye..
So where was the action. Went over to the van to ask. No English spoken.
Moved over to the front of the Cathedral, and sure enough, a large crowd.
A Music Festival to be telecast live. But rain was predicted. I looked around. Something was missing!! Where was the camera crew? Found one...walked over...Yes sir; the Cathedral bells rang loud. Instinct took over. Approached the
camera person. Hi..No English. I want to take your photo. Sign language. The on-lookers stared at me. I stared at her. Away from the camera please, I said as I motioned her so that I could get a full shot.
Took a few more from different angles. The crowd looked. She looked. I looked. We all looked at eachother. I took a few shots of the crowd too!
Thanked her and limped towards the tram station. The instincts were still there. They would serve me well later on during the trip.
Lets keep them coming! More from this weekend. The first are few misc shots from the Chargers vs Raiders NFL game, then a few from SI from the Stanford/USC game on Saturday.
Thanks Lloyd, Jorgen, Matt for the further comments. Very useful.
I guess sometimes, depending on the theme, a photo can hardly be dissociated from a presentation or prior knowledge of the context. Or, it can be, but with another approach, and possibly presentation and conveying other sentiments. One of the fundamental differences between PJ and "illustration"? Well, thanks for the thoughts.
Rayyan, the way your image in front of the cathedral renders is really impressive.
Love the pink windows, too!
Love your fan shots in general -no wonder they get published so often.
What's #31 with the pink gloves doin'?
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thks Corlan F.
before you accuse me of messing with my white balance, the NFL is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month----so lots of pink going on. now when you mention the Raiders, you usually think red, as in blood, but this is pink. doubt you will see much of the color the rest of the season...btw, check out #90 of the Chargers in the third picture (on the right), nice
Bob, thanks for the explanation Never thought about WB -wasn't aware of the Breast Cancer Awareness op though.
Don't know how #31 ended up in this position, but for sure you got the shot.
Bob, Top Notch,Professional, Outa Sight Images!!!
And since everyone has an opinion and you have so graciously opened the discussion regarding the crop of the photo, I will add my two cents. I think when you framed the shot you must have been aware of the cloud formation since it is included so nicely. But as you say, it does become distracting. The core of the shot is on the earth and I wish the original ignored the sky and filled the frame more entirely with the beautiful landscape. Not something you can do in post (unless PS5's content-aware fill can perform some magic). And I suppose an even narrower crop to exclude the sky almost entirely would seem odd.
Regardless, thanks for sharing and for the reminder.
Tim, thanks for the elaborated comment. Will add this to my train of thoughts next time i'm around one of these sites. On the last part of your post, though this one's already shot from quite un upper position, i indeed keep thinking that an aerial would be ideal for the purposes. not exactly easy to organize, here.
(and on a lighter subject, thanks Lloyd for satisfying my curiosity on how #31 ended up there)
Rayyan: May not be young in the body, but you're certainly young at heart. Inspiring. Beautiful photo of the stream.