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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    BIG group shot.

    A900 and cz24-70mm

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    And another...

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

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    BIG group shot.

    A900 and cz24-70mm

    Albert

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    Incredible detail, Albert Somehow you seem to extract the max from the system (as you did when you used the Kodak)

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    I feel this is going to become a compulsory introduction to every image post, after that thread of Marc's

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    couple of candids from just before dinner this evening...

    my oldest son by window light @ dusk (rainy here!):


    my dad and my better half... cooking away for the family:

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    Incredible detail, Albert Somehow you seem to extract the max from the system (as you did when you used the Kodak)

    Quentin
    Thanks Quentin!

    I've had pretty good success so far with Capture 1 ver 4.

    Seems to eek the detail out of these files pretty well... plus I use a little Focus Magic on the lightness channel in LAB mode.

    hope all is well!

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    A couple of shots taken at our local county spring fair.
    1. English Scurry racing
    2. Portrait of a Harris Hawk

    Both with the Sony G 70-300, a lens I have neglected a bit.
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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by dhsimmonds View Post
    A couple of shots taken at our local county spring fair.
    1. English Scurry racing
    2. Portrait of a Harris Hawk

    Both with the Sony G 70-300, a lens I have neglected a bit.
    Lovely Dave
    I think it's a fine lens (for the price etc. etc.) Next time that nice Edward whinges about it just give him a slap with the Harris Hawk

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Here's one of mine with the 70-300



    Sometimes the greens at this time of year are almost frightening


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    from a brief walk around the yard tonight:




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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Jono- thanks, yes given the price the 70-300 is OK and nice and light to carry around. I like the cockerel!

    At what aperture did you shoot that one at as I find that this lens has an amazing depth of field when shooting at a distance as soon as I stop down more than F5.5. I did not expect this with a full frame sensor. It's not a problem it is just a case of me getting to know the lens/camera!

    Nice shots Shelby, which lens did you use for these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhsimmonds View Post
    Nice shots Shelby, which lens did you use for these?
    Thanks!

    Sigma 50/1.4... I believe all at f/2 (which I find to be a good aperture for that lens). I have to admit, I'm still struggling with focus with the sigma and trying to figure out if it's (1) me still learning the alpha focusing system or (2) if the lens is just not as consistent as OEM stuff. When it's on, it's GREAT... but getting it "on" is low light has been problematic. Focus shift at various distances is (I think) a characteristic of this lens... but it goes away at smaller apertures (due to DoF)

    In good light... it's stellar.

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    thought I'd post one more workup from the e-session about a week ago... this was a "hand-off" gig where I shot for another photographer and then handed off the files... so I've not dug into them like I would for my own studio.

    LOVE the DR of the a900


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    HI, everybody
    I LOVE A900 too

    it take with 24-70ZA

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    Hi,

    Newbie here, love the wonderful postings from the folks here.

    Here are a couple of old pictures with A700 and the kit lens (18-70) in a marshland bird sanctuary in a wobbly boat in Nalasarovar, India.



    And this one with 200 G @f4 with 1.4x converter



    and the wobbly boat



    Thanks,

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    Fascinating stuff, N, I particularly like the second one - lovely composition and colours.
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    Another "Super Group"...

    A900 & cz 24-70mm

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    a few "around the yard" abstracts:








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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    shelby, darn cool Art shots.what lens?

    bleach bypass look. I print them on Photo Rag and it works


    Attachment 16061



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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Shelby: The First two shots about the Yard are LOVELY...

    Backtoslr: The Colors in the first two shots are Stunning

    WOW Mike
    I REALLY LOVE THE 'LOOK' bleach bypass...tres Coool

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    I try to emulate Jono's famous cock&hens head shot , but I could not find any chicken near by. I did found some ducks while walking around a lake in Golden Gate park.
    Here is a one leg stand Mallard trying to sleep but was disturbed by me.

    Here is one just chilling in water.

    Some other pictures:




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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Albert
    Wow! that Group shot is quite something

    Mike, the bleached shots work (not usually keen)

    Shelby - love the first two of the yard shots (over here a yard is a small concrete place where you keep the coal bunker and your bicycle!).

    Welcome Nitin - these are all lovely, especially the women at work.

    Panya - I'm flattered, and your first duck shot is completely fab . . love the boats as well.

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    I managed to abandon everything and get out with the camera for an hour today . . . it duly clouded over, but there were a couple of moments of sunshine.

    Here are some black and white shots with the A900:












    Emma waiting patiently:


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    Jono you sure live in beautiful place..#4 my favorite.
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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by mwalker View Post
    Jono you sure live in beautiful place..#4 my favorite.
    Hi Mike
    Actually, it's really flat and drab, it's just that I'm a fantastic photographer

    To be fair, when we moved here from Cornwall . . . erm . . 26 years go, I thought I'd never take another picture . . . flat . . . boring . . And often friends come to stay and take no pictures.

    I think you need to get familiar with an environment before you can add anything. The attraction here is the skies and the trees and the hedgerows and the half covered lanes . . I love it here, but you might be really disappointed if you came for a visit!

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    Beautiful, flat, drab landscapes, Jono
    The road photo makes me wonder where it leads. I have to go there to have a look one day...

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    Thanks for the kind words all... much appreciated. Some neat work this week.

    From this evening... first bridal session with the a900. The a900 is a great portrait camera:


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    another quick workup from tonight's session... yellow/blue split tone (will eventually perspective correct this probably):


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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Shelby Lewis View Post
    another quick workup from tonight's session... yellow/blue split tone (will eventually perspective correct this probably):


    Pure beauty!

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    Last "Silly Pic" of the season...

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Shelby Lewis View Post
    another quick workup from tonight's session... yellow/blue split tone (will eventually perspective correct this probably):

    NICE!

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Shelby, Nice work! The A900 I think will be a big hit with studio photographers especially in capable hands such as yourself.
    I'll bet the 135 1.8 is a killer portrait studio lens!
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    Shelby, I really like the split-toned image too. Nicely done!

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    I don't yet have a macro lens for the Sony, but I find the ZA 24-70 does a pretty good job at its closest focus..all these at 70 mm.

    Just fun!

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Bill I love the "cat" photo the detail is amazing.

    Shelby, you've got it going on BIG TIME :-)
    Your wedding post is one of the best shots I have seen If that is one of your "quick ones" I can only imagine what you can do when you have some time.

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    wow.... such kind words from everyone! Thanks all.

    I love the variety and high quality of much of the work in this thread. Keep it coming. Fantastic.

    Here's a few from today's shoot with an emerging singer... first shot is a test for a concept ("the end of cinderella"). Strongly back-lit, but I did have a strobe behind me firing into the ceiling to bump the foreground exposure up a bit. I'll admit that the a900 focus struggled in this strongly back-lit context (or it might have been the siggy 50/1.4 at fault). Second shot is just a promo headshot. Grain added in post in both of these. Original files are buttah smooth...



    at 100%, the amount of detail in the eyes of the shot below is staggering (coming from a pair of canon 5D)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelby Lewis View Post
    I'll admit that the a900 focus struggled in this strongly back-lit context (or it might have been the siggy 50/1.4 at fault).
    I guess any AF system will struggle with strong backlighting and a luminous lens. My A900 also struggles with the ZA 85 in similar situations.
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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Shelby, really like your B&W conversions, Can yuo explain your work flow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuau View Post
    Shelby, really like your B&W conversions, Can yuo explain your work flow?
    Thanks
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    Actually... I kind of "wing it"

    Generally I get the contrast and color correct so that the file looks good in color as well. Then, I often just desaturate followed by a lot of free-hand dodging and burning. On foliage, I use the PS b&W filter sometimes to play with the green/yellow levels.

    I also do a lot of feathered selections where I manipulate just certain portions of images to make them recede/advance visually. One thing I do a lot of (with portraits) is select the face and bump up the midtones while also adding density to the blacks... then I'll select inverse and make the midtones denser on the rest of the image. It's subtle, but it makes faces pop a bit more. I also add a subtle vignette to most of my images.

    Grain... just "add noise" and fade to taste.

    I can't be this picky with lots of wedding images so I often just use a b/w lightroom preset I've developed. If I want emphasis, I'll often drop the image exposure by 1/4 or 1/3 stop, then use an exposure brush at +1/3rd stop just on the parts I want emphasized. Quick and easy.

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    And another...


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    Quote Originally Posted by APY_JR View Post
    Albert... LOTS of detail in these. You definitely know how to pull it out of those files

    How are you lighting these (specifically)? They have an on-camera flash "look" to them, but the coverage is wide and even... maybe a single strobe right next to your ladder?

    Thanks for sharin'

    Here are a few high-school senior guys (from the thread I started a few moments ago):










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    Hi Shelby!

    Quote Originally Posted by Shelby Lewis View Post
    Albert... LOTS of detail in these. You definitely know how to pull it out of those files

    Thanks Shelby!

    How are you lighting these (specifically)? They have an on-camera flash "look" to them, but the coverage is wide and even... maybe a single strobe right next to your ladder?

    Yes... exactly... with a 7" reflector feathered up about 45 degrees... to try and equalize the exposure front to back. The rest is done in post ( layer mask hide all for one lighter exposure on the top layer then gradient filled)

    Thanks for sharin'

    My pleasure!

    Here are a few high-school senior guys (from the thread I started a few moments ago):

    Excellent shots Shelby... I admire your work and results also!

    Good job and thank YOU for sharing!

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    A few more from today...

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    Bill, Helen, Jono, Thank you for your kind words, India is full of color

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    Love this light... morning window light

    ... plus a little bit of doughnut on the face to add character


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    a900, Zeiss 135.

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    Zeiss 135 f/16

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    Sony 100 Macro f/11

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Edward

    Great shots, I particularly like the 100 macro shot. This lens never ceases to amaze me. It graunches and grinds away but in the end comes up with the shot!
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    Thanks Dave

    Manually focusing the 100 macro for this shot, I thought I was operating a mill
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    Enjoying a free show last night @Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.
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    The guy sits next to me has a Leitz Noct 0.95 on a film camera, wondering how his pictures will turn out.





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