Fair enough, Tareq!
That's the key, Man. Just keep shooting for yourself. Take what criticism you can get, both good and bad and choose to listen to what you feel is truly relevant. I have this belief that I have long adhered to and it came from years of trying to make photographs that I thought people might like... If I make images that honestly speak to and satisfy my own soul, then others will find value in them because in the end we are all intrinsically and inexplicably connected through our common humanity and because of that, despite our preconceptions and prejudices we will, in the end, understand one another.
I do enjoy that these forums bring together varied levels of talents and experience, because the more you segment yourself the less you can learn... therefore the greater the exposure the greater the possibility for dialogue.
AND... you know what's funny? You might not think your work "my cup of tea" because my own work has little to do with people... but I secretly envy those who can do great portraiture and fashion. The response can be so much more visceral, the connection more satisfying when the subject is humanity.
OK, encouraged...comments on this one? Early experiment with CombineZF: 5 shots combined for DOF...no retouching of the masks after...actually not certain how to do the touchups...as a result, the errors of the software in guessing which were the in focus parts shown.
Image is of the tourbillon cage including the escapement assembly of the Lange Pour le Merite Homage Tourbograph. Diameter of the cage is 12.5mm. DOF is neglible, at f/11. Hasselblad H3d-39 with HC 2.8/80 and 78mm extension.
I think i should post here and shouldn't look at comment or critiques, but if you do it will be my pleasure, give us a fair to look at work and say something even it is not a type of work you'd like to see.
A shot out the window. Sometimes I just like cocking and firing the shutter. APO Digitar 47mm.
Shot several weeks ago. APO Digitar 90mm.
I try to do so since quite some time , because I am fedup with all these comments like "you should choose an other standpoint , you should bring in more green , you should wait for sunset , you should . . . . " .
Then I used to say , ok. . . . go and do so . Never ever saw a result .
I shoot for myself and don't care if others like what I do or not .
That does not exclude "constructive" criticism , no , that is welcome .
Lets start to do so here and now .
Took this the second night at Moab near Dead Horse State Park. The previous night was even better with storm clouds however I had left the P45+ sitting back in the room and only had the M9. This was taken with the Cambo WRS1000, P45+ Schneider 120mm short barrel 2-shot pano (20mm shifts). One of the first images processed in CS5. Yeah I know the sky still needs work...
I find, now, that I know what I want to capture... and I have a sense of what a good photograph (for me) will look like. It's having the patience to craft it that makes the difference, and of course, the will to stand by what moves me.
If I can just stick to my guns, I almost always like what I get... it's when I "fracture" myself that I seem to be the most disappointed.
Great work guys... as an architect, musician, and photographer... I love everything you guys post. I find it all "sings" in one way or another.
Thanks for that picture! That closeup really makes me smile. Nice One.
Great shot, Tareq - especially the crop! I grew up with parakeets as a kid, and had quite a few over the years. Later I ended up with a cockatiel, which unfortunately was not hand-fed... That was a huge mistake!
Now I have two cats... No birds.
Oh, i forgot that my dad brought a peacock before and also a camel.
I have been busy using my new 645DF, Phase One 40+ system for commercial assignments so I have not been posting images. I got a chance the other day to take some personal photos I can share, an environmental portrait of my two grand children (taken on an overcast afternoon day with 120D mounted on a tripod) and a red maple, late afternoon warm lighting, with 80mm Schneider lens. The last photo is a location portrait of an IBM Fellow holding a 300mm semiconductor wafer, also with the 80mm Schneider lens......Tom.
Beautiful work Tom. I especially like them all!
"Creativity takes courage." ~ Henri Matisse
Darlene Almeda, photoscapes.com
Yes, beautiful shots Tom, well done!!!
from a portrait session this morning...
Polarized. Yesterday in Southern Ontario.
I love B&W shots these days more than colors due to using film, but i can do that with digital as well even i prefer the film look more.
[QUOTE=Professional;215395]I love B&W shots these days more than colors due to using film, but i can do that with digital as well even i prefer the film look more.
Wonderful pictures of the young girl, I think she is use to pose a front of a camera :-) my own is, very well captured, both sharpness and conversion is imo perfect..
In the pacific northwest for a few weeks. Solid rain the last week so waterfalls are the subject of the day. P65+, cambia RS, 35XL, two shot stitch.
XPixel, I do like that shot!
Ed, very nice too!
The stitching is extremely easy with the cambo and p65+. I took one shot shifted 15mm left and the other shifted 15 right. They stitch in cs5 with reposition only so there is no distortion. Usually one image is a pixel or two off so you crop the top and bottom pixel or two and you have a 90-100mp image. The digitar glass is incredibly sharp so 6-8 foot prints still look great.
I'm in total agreement with Ed on this; while I still use the P45+ the ability of flat stitching found with the Cambo is wonderful and simple to process in CS4 or 5. I have never regretted getting the Cambo even when my back hurts from carrying back to the jeep after a short hike around the southwest.
Ed - That is yet again a great image!
A few more images from the PNW. It's been raining on us for a week now but is supposed to start clearing in a day or two.
All P65+ with either cambo RS or Phase One DF.
More on my blog if you care to visit.
I love that image. The light is incredible, please send some of that my way.
Such great pictures here as usual...I've got a personnal preference for the landscape ones.
Some with the P25+ :
ALPA - ApoDigitar 47xl :
SWC Biogon :
ALPA and ApoDigitar 24mm :
After much gear switching, I am finally shooting a portrait series I've had in mind for some time. This isn't exactly what was planned, but what ever is? An image from this weekend's shooting just kept pulling at me, so I did some minor edits. Here it is.
You guys are making me feel guilty about leaving my MF kit on the shelf and shooting Nikon all the time. In the meantime I do enjoy the images posted and appreciate you guys sharing them. Very nice work by all...
Stephane - the first image is really wonderful - nicely composed and the processing gives it such a mice feeling.