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    i thought i'd start a thread for experiments rather than mistakes. by experiments, i mean something you do intentionally rather than the shot being a happy mistake. if somebody's work has inspired you, feel free to mention it so that others might be inspired by them as well.

    after looking Harry Gruyaert's recent exhibition, i decided to play around with colour and grain. i also have always had a fascination with shooting through glass and reflections, which was rekindled after i heard Saul Leiter speak.

    this happens to have been taken on my GRDII, but feel free to include pictures from any camera. everybody is welcome to join in.

    here is both the full frame shot and a landscape crop to show the grain:

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    Good idea for a thread, Cam.

    Here's an experimental shot that plays with reflections and glass. That's me with my nose stuck to the camera, so it has a self-reflexive element, as well.

    Shot with an Epson L-500V at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

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    Great idea cam!

    This is a combination of two shots taken from a moving car and twisted really hard in PS. I'm not sure if it's even a "photograph" anymore!

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    Re: experimental pictures

    Tres Coool /Tim
    Abstract Expressionism at its Best

    FabShot / Cam
    I too LOVE the aspect of 'Reflection' (as well as Raindrops & the lure of Mist)
    be it seen through Winows, Cars etc

    Lovely /DavidE
    Last edited by helenhill; 26th April 2008 at 09:30.

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    This is cool. Excellent Cam! Your picture is like a double exposure.

    Diagonal waves

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    This is what happens when you visit Vegas, and you have your GRD2 with you wherever you go. Didn't quite work out as I had hoped, but it was worth the try.

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    Re: experimental pictures

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    Love it....Great Idea
    A Textile Designer's Dream
    you should do a series in that vein.....possibilities are Endless

    The Creativity at GETDPI is on a Roll !
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    Playing with extreme lens flare.

    Some of you may have seen this one before.

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    Wow, some very cool stuff here!
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    Very Dark outside, raining at lake Ashinoko.
    Portrait of Mt. Fuji at night in the rain
    IR plus blended color and lab mode channel tweaks

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    That is wonderfully strange Bob.

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    Very cool Bob. Like the edge of the world. Or maybe the edge of "some" world.

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    Thanks Will & TR,
    Just fooling around with LAB color while waiting for the weather to lift.
    Not at all the shot that I had planned though.
    -bob

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    Bob: Very neat color IR effect -- my compliments!
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    Re: experimental pictures

    Great thread. I took a class a while back called "roll a day" and as the name implies we had to shoot at least the equivalent of a roll a day for many weeks. Doing that you get to experiment and play around with a lot of different ideas. I can't post pictures from my iPhone but will add a shot or two from that period to the thread.

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    Wow, great experiments, ALL! I'm inspired. Can't wait to go to NY this weekend and try for some reflections. Terry suggested I pick a theme for my shooting each day (I was complaining about my less than stellar abilities with a camera). Now I have my first one!

    Another great thread, Cam! :-) You are making me think, I need that!

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    Re: experimental pictures

    Picture I took to make a 40th birthday card. Idea being life rushing by. I 'zoomed' the focal length as I took the shot. Not a small sensor image but it is experimental.



    This one is me being a ghost making my daughter an angel. Very slow shutter speed on a tripod, daughter standing very still, me moving.


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    wonderful, everybody! and totally inspiring!

    and i as i said, the photos need not be limited to a small sensor camera. this one is for all.

    (tapping my foot, waiting for our esteemed leaders, Jack and Guy, to show us their stuff as well )

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    HI There
    Great idea - so many fine shots.

    I'm not sure that this one really qualifies, but here goes.

    Surely just an ordinary sunrise?



    It's actually the underside of a shell on a window ledge, with the sunlight shining through from above

    Just this guy you know

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    Quote Originally Posted by cam View Post
    wonderful, everybody! and totally inspiring!

    and i as i said, the photos need not be limited to a small sensor camera. this one is for all.

    (tapping my foot, waiting for our esteemed leaders, Jack and Guy, to show us their stuff as well )
    We don't have small sensor camera's. We are just going to have to cheat a little
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    I shot this yesterday when a friend that I work with, and will be traveling out west with in May, happened upon a bluff near our homes that we did not know about. I purchased the GR-D, the camera used for this, with the intention of having a carry around camera that would do IR reasonably well. This is show in raw, with the use of a R72 filter, and the white point adjusted for foliage. I would love to know how to take stuff like this to the next level in LAB mode.



    I had Weldon hold very still for this. I can't wait to try our IR at some of the iconic photo locations out west. I had been less than inspired by this little camera until I did this shot. I think I will be keeping it for IR now. BTW does anyone know if the 40mm TC for this camera produces a hotspot?
    Last edited by espressogeek; 27th April 2008 at 12:00.

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    Love that IR shot
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    Here's one I tried as part of my 365 project:


    Done in a dark room, with a 30-second exposure, 3 flashes to provide the light for me, and a keyring LED torch pointed at the camera once the flashes had popped, to provide the "ball of light".

    Took me about 12 goes to get it right :D

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    Congrats Cam, good idea this thread.

    And now a selfportrait...

    Kind regards,

    Vincent.

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    All taken with the Panasonic TZ3 great little small sensor camera. Makes you work to get the images because there are no manual controls and instead of being pure point and shoot you need to think about how to get the camera to do what you want through +/- EV and using those dreaded scene modes.

    For a while last summer I got on a kick where I was trying to take pictures through glasses of water (or other relatively clear liquids like beer) to see if I could preserve the scenery or action on the other side.....

    Attachment 3484

    From the same time period I also went and did a series of reflections. The same building two ways....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Love that IR shot
    -bob
    Thanks Bob. Caer - That was a neat idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShiroKuro View Post
    Wonderfully captured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent View Post
    Congrats Cam, good idea this thread.

    And now a selfportrait...

    Kind regards,

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    Vincent trying to figure out the real you!

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    DLux 3 ........'Reflections'.....Wicked Little Dolls
    Last edited by helenhill; 27th April 2008 at 19:16.

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    Helen having trouble with posting images. Let us know and we can guide you. Let me know if you want me to clean the deletes up for you also.
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Well, not as extreme as other pictures in this thread... Here are a couple of my experiments with light: backlighting, reflection.

    In the first one I ran to include my friends coming up walking in the mirror, it didn't actually work because I'm too short but I like the result anyway.
    Last edited by micampe; 28th April 2008 at 13:16.

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    Thanks TEB.... I was going back and looking at all my old digital images taken with the C8080..... first camera so everything was an experiment ..lol ...

    Shadows and reflection off a white table ....

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    I was toying with my new Canon SD1000 when I noticed this great cloudscape outside of my office window. I was annoyed to find that the Canon wouldn't focus on the venetian blinds, so I grabbed another camera, manually focused on the blinds--then decided afterwards that the original blurry version worked best! Every so often in Colorado, we get an amazing orange/crimson sunset, and this was one of those evenings.


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    8:39AM in late January, I'm riding the bus in to the office when the bus makes a right turn, and for a few seconds I see this:


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    Co-worker of mine:

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    A couple more, these are really experiments… so much so that I don't even know what popped into my mind at that time… they are pictures of my TV screen (traditional, color-faded, CRT screen).

    Can you name the movie?




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    North by Northwest (1959)

    The most famous part of the movie is the stark sequence in which Cary Grant is chased by a crop duster. In a 1962 interview with Franšoise Truffaut, Hitchcock explained how he got the idea,

    "I found I was faced with the old clichÚ situation: the man who is put on the spot, probably to be shot. Now, how is this usually done? A dark night at a narrow intersection of the city. The waiting victim standing in a pool of light under the street lamp. The cobbles are ‘washed with the recent rains.’ A close-up of a black cat slinking along against the wall of a house. A shot of a window, with a furtive face pulling back the curtain to look out. The slow approach of a black limousine, et cetera, et cetera. Now, what was the antithesis of a scene like this? No darkness, no pool of light, no mysterious figures in windows. Just nothing. Just bright sunshine and a blank, open countryside with barely a house or tree in which any lurking menaces could hide."

    Here's another experimental shot that includes a TV image (and an airplane).
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    Some great images here -- keep them coming!
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    Night blur in Baltimore.

    Did two things which were for me experimental: (i)left all these shots in color, and (ii)'embraced' the blur.

    The photo below is part of a small 'slide show' found here:

    http://flickr.com/search/show/?q=bal...74058404%40N00


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    Experimenting with ACR and PS3, going for grunge.

    Tim

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    daddy's little princess

    shooting through plastic...

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    Tim / Wild & Snake like ..... Cool Composition......Beautiful tonalities!!


    Cam / You're shot ROCKS !!
    Reminds me of 'Spirit' Photography - quite popular during the Victorian Era

    I actually love the way these two shots follow each other /manly Man & girlie Girl
    Best, Helen

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    This is an experiment in LightRoom as much as anything else.



    Attachment 3673



    Best,

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    Thanks Helen! And Mitchell, really nice!

    This is the last one of these, I promise! Down by the old cannery on the coast.

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    Thanks Tim.

    As you probably guessed, in LightRoom I added lots of saturation and/or vibrance (I can't remember what exactly) to this image. This only seems to work with a very small number of my water pictures, and nothing else.

    For a long time, I wanted my pictures (generaly small areas of the landscape) to look like what I'd seen in reality, as if I were saying to the viewer, "I saw it. It's out there. You can see the same thing if you look." Now I don't seem to care as much about that documentary aspect. (My subjects are almost never people.)

    I seem to look at paintings more than photographs, and paintings almost alway seem to use reality as a inspiration, a stepping off point, not an end in itself.

    Tim, I like your shots here. I'm guessing you added some vignetting and saturation on the rope shot. And aggressive sharpening and grain to the cannery.

    I used to hate PP, but now that the tools are getting so much easier, and I'm learning my way a bit, it's getting more fun and really powerful.

    Sorry to be so long winded. Great idea for a thread Cam. Lots of good stuff in here.

    Best,

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    Expensive expirement.


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    I'm not sure if these count as "experimental" or "happy accidents" or none of the above; but they're kind of interesting. (Taken at the Toronto Museum of Natural History with a Ricoh GX100.)

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    Tim, I'm generally not a huge fan of the grunge look, but it sure works for that tire and rope shot -- very nice image!

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    Tim I really like that truck/machine thing (sorry I don't know the word) and the processing you have done. Looks almost like some grainy BW film.

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