From back yard, A7r with Contax G 45mm
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How I envy your trip to Tuscany! Have you ever seen the film "A Room with a View?" If my faulty memory serves me there is a scene in a field that could have been taken in the very spot that you show. I expected to hear the sountrack from the movie in the background (Puccini's "O mio babbino caro"). Highly evocative. Your photos of the churches and countryside make me wish my ancestors hadn't left the hills of Naples for the streets of New York. But then again Naples isn't Florence.
John (or in this case Giovanni)
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I like that shot of the orchard, Werner! Very nice indeed.
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'clearing' - A7R FE 24-70
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Interesting Barry! Is that some artist's house. Wonder what's writen on the chalkboards.
It is a bit too monumental for the size of the house
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Artist?...Well no not exactly, he is the self appointed “Arch Druid of Cornwall” - Ed Prynn.
The blackboards have the various famous names of those that have visited.
He also has a “Rebirthing Chamber” under the garden, from what I gather even Maggie Thatcher RIP went down there.
Quote from the Telegraph Newspaper...
Other visitors to Ed's kingdom arrive in plaster casts or on crutches, anxious to get their hands on his special healing stone to cure their ailments. Yet others are hoping to strip naked and pop down to Ed's fogou - a replica Celtic underground chamber that he's built under the garden. "That's where we have our rebirthing ceremonies and anything else you may fancy," he says. "Eccentric people must be able to come here and do whatever they like, as long as they don't bring the police down on us."
Uhm... thanks for the insides Barry. A bit weird to say the least....., but I must say he put a lot of effort to raise those big stones in his front garden, a solid investment
Meanwhile in Normandy some waving fields.
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still playing around seeing what it can do.
This morning took the Nikkor 50mm 1.2 down to the Boardwalk in foggy weather to try that one out on some familiar shots.
I do believe i'll be giving up my D800E
all w. Nikkor 50mm 1.2 shot @ f1.2
'invasive' - A7R FE 55/1.8
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Jim, I love the pastel palette in your boardwalk shots! The whole series is great, but Tater Twists is IMO the mastrpiece in the set – something Walker Evans would love. The sailboat is perfectly placed. And the nut booth seems to float in space.
Thx especially for posting these,
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Big fan of your photography as always Jim.
These are iconic.
When are you publishing a book?
I believe 2 of those large stones traveled 8,000 miles all the way from the Falklands!
No doubt he will be remembered in some 4,000 years time when the rest of us will be long forgotten.
Incidentally we had a large slate stone (weighing only a couple of tons) that we selected from the nearby local Delabole slate quarry. They delivered it OK but much to our annoyance they dumped it on it's side several feet from where we wanted it erected in our front garden
The locals thought we were a bit weird (I am sure they are correct )
They all turned out in the street to see us struggle, thankfully our neighbouring farmer came along with his tractor and helped us get it into position.
This tractor is quite a contrast to the stones as the lazy farmer just left it to rot in the corner of the field, no doubt that will perish in a mere 100 years time though.
most of the time, my stuff isn't 'popular' as much as an acquired taste Good to know there's still an audience
no idea on the book. although if I did, I'd be more inclined to publish a handmade one with platinum prints as pages.. maybe an edition of 10 or something. As far as color goes, I'm in the middle of learning tricolor carbon printing.. we have one of the best printers in the world living in town.. and he's a friend to boot
I use SilverEfex for all of my B/W processing. I have a various number of presets for different split tones. One of my favorite is a split tone that goes from a slightly warm shadow to a neutral upper mid tone/highlights.
take the original color image, process it in b/w.. with in this case, a warm split tone. you're now left with the original color layer on the bottom, the warm tone on top.
copy original and put above the b/w layer.
change mode to color
dial down opacity to suit your taste in saturation (mine's about 60%)
(a note.. when I do b/w processing. .i always add grain.. i really dislike 'clean' images.. reality is never really that 'clean'.. and i like the aesthetic of the sleight grain)
Thank you very much, Jim! Will try
Metaphysical as well. Really great work!
Jim, re: your processing method: except for the grain (which I don't notice @ 72 ppi), the results have a Polaroid look – with reference to everything that was nice about Polacolor.
The sneaky photographer goes candid in his favorite espresso bar, with 40 Cron / A7.
The hinged screen works like those right-angle viewfinders that folks used in the past, but it would help to have a quieter shutter! I'm learning to look down at the camera with what I believe is a puzzled expression, as if I can't figure out how it works. That way folks think the click comes from clumsiness, not intention.
Texting and lapping by thompsonkirk, on Flickr
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Very very nice, Jim! Like the boardwalk shots a lot, excellent palette, super framing.
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A 12-image stitch at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, north unit.
24-70mm at 60mm - handheld - 125th
Full size image here: https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3757/...528acc87_o.jpg
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J Collum's process.
Not sure I am really replicating it
1. Silver Efex + Set Opacity
2. Adjustment layer> Color Balance + Set Opacity
Sure the result is not as appealing, but I think that must be split tone (or I went too heavy with Silver Efex)
BTW, A7 + Nikkor 17-35
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Thanks to the generousity of Jim Collum's information , I tryed something in that direction as well. Not a fine result as Jim's. I don't have Silver Efex and did everything in ACR and PS.
I was at a clouded beach this morning in Dieppe so I might as well use a similar subject.
In this one I used less of the beige tinted photofilter in PS.
Another image from my continuing theme of blending monochrome images with the original coloured image.
Instead of using my split toning presets in Silver Efex Pro2 like I did back in April (post #882 on page 18 and post #901 on page 19).
I decided to blend a coloured image with an infra red monochrome image using the Alien Skin Exposure program.
Alien Skin Exposure allows you to control the halation (glow) on the Lifeboat House and the intensity of grain...Cheers Barry
Búzios - Rio de Janeiro - Sony A7 + Canon FD 24-40mm f2.8
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'relic' - A7R FE 24-70
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Been a long time since I posted...
First image from my WATE that arrived yesterday
It's been a long time since I shot something this wide. Gotta pay more attention to the corners!
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Some 'old look' b/w images.
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So much hate for the wate, must have something to do with money
One of this series.
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It is quite an interesting lens. There are other SLR wides that probably perform as well or better, but I want to stay true to the form factor of this camera. The biggest lens I have is the 55mm FE.
The only rangefinder I ever used was a Contax, but I only had a 50mm for that. I can't imagine how people used this lens on a rangefinder, especially with film's lack of immediate feedback. Must have been a heck of a learning curve.