Lloyd, Killer shot & IQ!
Rayyan, what a wonderful,Spiritual Image!
Lloyd, Killer shot & IQ!
Rayyan, what a wonderful,Spiritual Image!
At the Holy Water Spring Temple, Bali.
Each place has a soul.
To do the kind of photography I enjoy, I have to get to the soul of the place. The spirit of place, if you must.
That is what I do when I arrive in a new country or place. No camera. Just me. Walking, talking, eating and mixing amongst the crowd. To get a feel. To hear the vibes.
What is it that the people hold dear. That which governs their everyday life. Their very being. In many instances, I found it was commerce. Money. In other cities, it was the mining culture. While some others lived for sport.
I had read all I could about Bali. On the internet. Books. Seen the photos on various sites. I had researched the place. Knew its geography, regions, culture, economics, parts of its history, its religion.
But nowhere, I knew, would I find Bali's soul. I had to be there. To experience it. I have gotten pretty adept at doing this. In the first two days, I knew what moved Bali's people. I knew Bali's soul.
So from the Soul of Bali, in the heart of Ubud..
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To understand Bali and its culture...look to the details.
The design of a flower in a girl's hair, the patterns of color in an offering, or the simple placements of jars. Therein you shall find elegance and understand Bali's soul...
The details, always look at the details; even in a local market..
Notice the position of the hand. The holding of the leaf between the fingers. The leaf itself. Notice the fingers. Their separation. The curve of the little finger.
Notice the grace of her sitting down. The tilt of the head.
Notice the delicate balance of the offerings plate on her knee.
It is all over in a few seconds.
Hypnotic grace. Mesmerizing elegance.
It is all in the details.
i like watching people at work. i try to avoid using any unnatural light. so my reliance on my cameras relative clean capture ability is key.
D700 at a mild 1250
D700 at a slightly more agressive 12800 in really bad light with a little bit of post
Rayyan, some fantastic photos from your Bali visit.
Here's one from today:
D300 with 80-200 AF-S @ 80mm and f/4.0
Jorgan, Wonderful Color & Composition!
At the car races yesterday, but who's interested in cars? The cheerleader competition at the grandstand was so much more entertaining
D300 with 80-200 AF-S @ 185mm and f/3.2
D300 with 80-200 AF-S @ 200mm and f/4.5
Those are very kewl, Jorgen. Loving the color.
Attended the Peaks Jazz Festival yesterday, primarily to see my nephew's band (all high school age members, and which is really outstanding BTW). They had a concert with professional Jazz musician guest performers joining in. Pretty much all of these guests were amazing... Here are a couple of them.
Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthews Band. This guy was incredible!
Local college professor, Ray Smith, joined Jeff for a couple of numbers. Ray is small, understated, and walks with a pronounced limp, having lost a leg many years ago. He had just flown in from the Moscow Jazz Festival, arriving only minutes before he was to perform, and he and Jeff had not met. When this guy started to play, he brought the house down. We were in awe... as, clearly, was Jeff. From that point, it was game on, each trying to outshine the other. And it just got better an better. What a show!
D3s, 70-200/2.8 VRII @ f2.8, 1/320, ISO 5000. (I struggled at first to figure out why I needed such a high ISO, as stage lights are usually pretty bright, and this venue was new, with great equipment. Then, about halfway through the concert, I realized I hadn't removed the ND4 filter I'd put on the lens when shooting a XC ski race on Monday. Duh!)
Nice jazz photos, Lloyd, particularly the first one.
Thank you for your kind comments. Just in case you wondered; yes, I did take a couple of photos of the cars as well
D300 with 80-200 AF-S @ 92mm and f/4
damn that pops mang!!!! crystal clear!!!
The Soul of Bali. I found it in their Temples and in their Prayers. You will find most of my posts, of Bali, revolve around that theme.
None of the Temple Prayer photos were taken without the knowledge and
consent of the those that are pictured. They have been emailed the same.
I cannot thank those in the photos enough for their kindness, generosity and tolerance to allow an outsider to be present ( and intrude ) during their deepest emotional experience.
Terrific idea, great technique... love it!
Guess that's one of those cases where "f8" is the easier part of the "... and be there" sentence
Super cool 911 shot too, on the other thread
Sorry to be such a bad citizen here. I get behind and find it hard to comment on all the wonderful images being shared. All I can say is thanks to everyone for the inspiration.
I recently came within a millimeter of buying a D3s until the rumors of a D4 started to solidify. But I've decided to make the transition to full frame with a D700 in preparation for new bodies from Nikon later this year. So I've begun replacing all my DX lenses with FX-capable glass. Yesterday was the first time shooting with the D700 and I still haven't sussed out how to process the files. Love the compact body though. Two with the 17-35.
Perfect timing and IQ.
(like the cute OOF little guy in the background... y'know, the one who won't win the race)
The whole series is incredible Rayyan. No idea how you manage (and, in my case, even dare, especially when it comes to religion/beliefs) to get so close in such intimate moments... in the end, great and beautiful documentation
The B&W is a super cool jazzy portrait (really), and the second photo is a nice support for the story. Special moments when people meet and gather around a common interest and passion. And all the more when it's about music
(good one on the ND filter. You probably sweat over the ISO settings checking them quite a few times, imagining all kinds of FW/sensor failures, blocked lens aperture ring, sticky blades etc.... Been there done that -well not exactly with the ND thingy, but i downright added it to my "wtf" check-up list just in case... thanks for the tip)
It's simply perfect. What a "keen eye"...
Please tell us more about your sensations about the new FF, including comparing results with the D2X. And feel free to share questons if needed -there's quite a knowledgeable bunch around here when it comes to the D700
Corlan: You are too kind, thank you. I'd be curious about how you've set your "Picture Control". I have mine on "Neutral", have you played with "Standard" or "Vivid"?
Jorgen: Thanks! I sometimes hesitate to comment on the beautiful shots of all the exotic women that seem to follow you around and pose for you. I don't want to be taken for a letch. I am jealous of your talent and good fortune.