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Minimalist, contemporary and experimental photography by Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson Posted on: September 9, 2012
Light and shade
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whoaa! great B&W capture!
+raymond samson +min jee li Thanks! not sure how well it works as a photograph but one sidewalk in shade and the rest of the street in bright sunlight was worth a snap.
I can't say the exact words.. but its just too good for me! (how'd you do that?)
looks like hdr ish on picasa, the highlights are great
+min jee li thanks – nothing to it really.
I shot it from a parking lot – the kids at the front were standing underneath a bridge that cast the shadow. It wasn't a planned shot – I just thought that the silhouettes looked kind of cool and had my point and shoot camera on me.
+raymond samson bit of help from Lightroom – the hard highlights and iffy anti aliasing are actually a flaw with the camera – a Lumix something or other – the 16X zoom one – great little camera but that is a flaw.
actually turned out as a great effect in this one i think . i have a lumix as well, but have not been using it as much.
+raymond samson My overall unscientific take on the Lumix is that it is a great camera if you are prepared to work with its quirks rather than try and fight it – hoping to get perfect colors or tones will be a depressing experience :)
exactly my experience , gave up on it but might try to work with it again after seeing this shot! also find the shutter a bit slow, already did the formatting, just went a bit faster.
+raymond samson about 90% of what I post here is shot with it – just about everything bar the narrow dof stuff. I do find that reducing the resolution to 7 or even 5 mp really helps as well as dropping the exposure by 1/3 of a stop.
Tis grand, this – great light play.
what do you use for your narrow dof shots?
+raymond samson Nikon d40x and a f/1.8 50 mm lens
use the same lens, the 50mm is great for it's price
+raymond samson I was thinking about the 1.4 but three times the cost was too much for the use I'd get out of it. No regrets, a little soft at f/1.8 which doesn't bother me at all but at around f/4 it is as sharp as any lens I've ever used regardless of cost.
was thinking about the 1.4 but i was talked out of it for the same reason you mentioned. i'll remember f/4 next time i use it.
+raymond samson That lens hardly ever comes off the camera now – just about the best $100 I ever spent.
hey, that's also great for street shots, just have to get closer to the subject though.
but the thing about your shots for me is they all have a quirk to them if that makes sense to you and it's not from any lens
I like 50mm (75 mm efl) as a walking around lens bust most street photographers I know who do it a lot more than me like to work with 35 mm.
+raymond samson The eye is more important than the camera – that much is for sure :)
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