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    Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    First of all thanks to all who have given advice and recommendations.

    This is my first attempt at bringing my H4d-40 on a trip.

    I am still in Hong Kong, but here are a few photos.























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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    awesome images

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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    They look great. Are these all taken without a tripod?
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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    Thank you.
    Tripod on the cityscape shots.
    All others handheld.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffg53 View Post
    They look great. Are these all taken without a tripod?
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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    Nice photos. Did you make it to Victoria Peak? Makes me want to go back to HK again. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks Gerry,
    Haven't made it to the peak yet.
    Terrible visibility , but not much time left, so I may try in a day or so.

    Quote Originally Posted by frontosa View Post
    Nice photos. Did you make it to Victoria Peak? Makes me want to go back to HK again. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    Excellent capture!

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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    Looks good. What a great place to shoot. Street shots show how easy it is to use these camera hand-held now.

    Suggest revisiting the processing on the first one to fix the sky/building halos ... the second shot feels like it needs the blacks tweaked to mitigate the red tint ... of course, IMO.

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    Thanks Yatlee and Marc.

    Good eye Marc. I should never do quick post work on the road. Did a little more street shooting today. Starting to get more comfortable with the Hassy.
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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    A couple more photos:



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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    Quote Originally Posted by The Smoking Camera View Post
    A couple more photos:





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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    Hi Joe:

    The view from the Peak is great. With the increased numbers of automobiles, factories and other industries, there is so much pollution in HK. Going up to the Peak is a crap shoot. Last time I was in HK four years ago for a friend's wedding, I managed to go to the Peak three times (one early morning and two in the evening) and the view was awful. Again, thanks for sharing.

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    Hi Gerry,
    You are correct. In HK for about ten days and daytime visibility is terrible. I had to wait til sunset, evening or sunrise to get decent cityscape shots. Would love to see a great view from the Peak but I don't think it will happen. I share your pain.
    Quote Originally Posted by frontosa View Post
    Hi Joe:

    The view from the Peak is great. With the increased numbers of automobiles, factories and other industries, there is so much pollution in HK. Going up to the Peak is a crap shoot. Last time I was in HK four years ago for a friend's wedding, I managed to go to the Peak three times (one early morning and two in the evening) and the view was awful. Again, thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    Hi Joe,

    See if you can get yourself out to Tai O.

    http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/...g-village.html

    Its a fishing village with a lot of the houses on stilts. Loads of opportunities there.

    I took an H3D39 out there some time ago and came back with a lot!

    David

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    Hi Joe, great set of images.

    How have you captured the shot below? Is it HDR, Photoshop highpass filter layer or straight from the camera as the detail in the buildings is amazing. And how have you got all the buildings so perfectly straight, HTS, photoshop or just good technique.

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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    Thanks Gaswas. Used a 150mm at f/4.5, 1/10 sec, iso 100 on a tripod. Just a little tweaking in Phocus, but nothing special. I was shooting some panoramas and saw the ferry heading toward the IFC building. Didn't know if I had time to capture both or if I could get everything in the frame. Pretty lucky to get this shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by gazwas View Post
    Hi Joe, great set of images.

    How have you captured the shot below? Is it HDR, Photoshop highpass filter layer or straight from the camera as the detail in the buildings is amazing. And how have you got all the buildings so perfectly straight, HTS, photoshop or just good technique.
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    Good to see the results of one of these things being used on a trip. Am wondering what difference do you see between the sharpness of your hand held shots and those shot on tripod (with or without cable release and mirror up?) though probably better to raise this question later when you get back and have had the opportunity to review the details.

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    These shots are stunning! They must be really something at ful size. Well done.

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    Good question lowep. Because of my concern for sharpness I modified my handheld shooting style using the Hassy versus the Nikon D3s. Very often I switched to shutter speed priority and increased iso in order to maximize sharpness. Also, I tended to use rails, poles or anything to steady my shot.

    I was in a dark temple and used a rail to shoot 1/6 sec and was amazed at the results. Unfortunately it took awhile to get the hang of this.

    Overall I am very pleased and would not hesitate taking the Hassy on a trip in the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by lowep View Post
    Good to see the results of one of these things being used on a trip. Am wondering what difference do you see between the sharpness of your hand held shots and those shot on tripod (with or without cable release and mirror up?) though probably better to raise this question later when you get back and have had the opportunity to review the details.
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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    Thank you double - -. Can't wait to get home to see this on a larger monitor, but some look pretty good at full size.

    Quote Originally Posted by Double Negative View Post
    These shots are stunning! They must be really something at ful size. Well done.
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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    Couple more:
    Here is my Blade Runner shot:


    From inside the Man Mo Temple at 1/6 sec f/6.8 iso 800. Used a rail to hold steady:


    Here is a shot from inside the trolley (one of the best bargains in Hong Kong):
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Smoking Camera View Post
    Good question lowep. Because of my concern for sharpness I modified my handheld shooting style using the Hassy versus the Nikon D3s. Very often I switched to shutter speed priority and increased iso in order to maximize sharpness. Also, I tended to use rails, poles or anything to steady my shot.

    I was in a dark temple and used a rail to shoot 1/6 sec and was amazed at the results. Unfortunately it took awhile to get the hang of this.

    Overall I am very pleased and would not hesitate taking the Hassy on a trip in the future.
    Very useful information. I'm such a creature of habit that I've never even tried shutter priority on one of these cameras.

    Can you take a moment (when you can) to describe how you determined the shutter speed for any given one of your shots? Did you use the mirror delay at all? 1/6th shutter is amazing, and even if you couldn't make a huge print, the native size of the big sensor should "perceptually" allow a reasonable sized print relative to a smaller sensor don't you think? It's probably important to see some of these as prints rather than 100% on a monitor.

    -Marc

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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    thanks for the pictures! What means: rails?
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    A rail is the horizontal bar between two posts. Think of a stairway or fence. I would use the top rail or the posts as often as possible to steady the camera. Hope this helps.
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    thanks for the pictures! What means: rails?
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    Marc, I too am a creature of habit. Normally I shoot manual or aperture priority. However, I soon realized in order to maximize sharpness with the Hassy I needed to change my shooting style.

    The following only applies for handheld candid and walk around photos.

    Based on what I was shooting or about to shoot I would first set my iso. For daylight shots I would use iso 100 or 200. For inside temples or night shooting I set iso to 800 or 1600. Somewhat subjective.

    If I was shooting people I used continuous focus. If I was shooting static objects, I switched to true focus to compose my shot.

    The shutter speed I chose was very subjective. I would take into account the focal length of the lens, if my subject was moving, if I was moving and whether I could steady the camera on something. For example, with the 80mm if I was on a trolley car, I would use 1/500 sec or faster, if I was hand holding I would use about 1/250. If I used a post to steady the camera, I could use a very slow shutter speed (1/30 sec for example), but for people shots I would try to shoot at 1/100 or faster. As daylight faded I would either increase iso or decrease shutter speed or both. With the 28mm I would shoot at slower shutter speeds.

    In general, I tried to be conservative and shoot at a slightly faster shutter speed knowing that it gave me the best chance of sharpness. I was willing to sacrifice a little depth of field in order to increase the odds of my subject being a bit sharper.

    Of course, you must realize this explanation is after the fact and because you have asked the question. During my shooting, I was constantly tweaking and adjusting based on what I thought would work. Sometimes it did, sometimes it did not. Hope I have explained this well enough.


    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Very useful information. I'm such a creature of habit that I've never even tried shutter priority on one of these cameras.

    Can you take a moment (when you can) to describe how you determined the shutter speed for any given one of your shots? Did you use the mirror delay at all? 1/6th shutter is amazing, and even if you couldn't make a huge print, the native size of the big sensor should "perceptually" allow a reasonable sized print relative to a smaller sensor don't you think? It's probably important to see some of these as prints rather than 100% on a monitor.

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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    thank you Joe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Grover / Hasselblad View Post
    Hi Joe,

    See if you can get yourself out to Tai O.

    http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/...g-village.html

    Its a fishing village with a lot of the houses on stilts. Loads of opportunities there.

    I took an H3D39 out there some time ago and came back with a lot!

    David
    Thanks David for this tip. Here is a photo from Tai O:

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    Re: Hong Kong with a Hasselblad

    Quote Originally Posted by The Smoking Camera View Post
    Thanks David for this tip. Here is a photo from Tai O:

    Nice one Joe!

    Glad you went out there. Makes a change from the city.

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