Notes From The Top Left Corner

Discussion in 'Competitions, Themes & Blogs' started by Chris Bennett, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    I think I have finally admitted to myself that, sometimes I really like to make images that are darker than most. By this, I mean in the "Oh dear, I think you'll find that's under-exposed, old chap" sense, rather than "Whoopee, I've just been promoted to head photographer at the coroner's office".

    More importantly, I suppose, I have realised that, actually:
    It's OK to do that, because I'm in charge!

    So, I have spent a few days embracing that idea somewhat.


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  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Chris, you are talking rubbish. These are perfectly exposed shots. I love dark shadows, darker than these even. The second is perfect.

    Check out David English: https://davidenglish.com/category/leica-blog/ for deep blacks.
     
  3. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    Well...I was trying to convey the sense of someone else talking rubbish, Rob!
    Thanks for the comment and tip - I shall take a look.
     
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  4. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Sean Tucker is another shadows inspiration for me:

     
  5. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    Those are fine images. I do like the guitar picture and the last one could inspire a story. Turn off the brightly lit main street into a shady underworld...
     
  6. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    Thanks Dave.
    Gosh, I am rather pleased that one of them can set your imagination off like that.
     
  7. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    My lens purchasing habit has slowed somewhat recently. My wife tells me that this is because I have nearly bought them all. However, one recently landed here - it's a Tamron Adaptall 2 SP 35-210mm f/3.5 - 4.2 (26A).
    It's in beautiful condition and was extremely cheap (like the price of a couple of pints). I stuck it on my NEX 5 and took it with me to work yesterday morning. I got there early, so spent a short while mooching around the grounds of Lancaster cathedral, which is just a 100m or so from the office I work from a couple of days a week.

    I have done nothing to the images. Apart from copying them at a lower file size to add here, they're just as they came off the camera.

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  8. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    All in all, I'm very pleased with it. I like the natural colours that it seems to produce. Well worth a tenner!
     
  9. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    The images are clear and on the soft side, which I like. Money well spent.
     
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  10. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    The images are clear and on the soft side, which I like. Money well spent.
     
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  11. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    That was a real bargain. Fine set of detail studies.
     
  12. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    Thanks Dave.
    I had a couple of rolls of film developed today , one of which was taken with that lens.

    Again, apart from the odd crop, they are unadulterated...

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    I'll be dropping some more onto the 'Car Parts' thread later too.
    http://realphotographersforum.com/forum/posts/188173/
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2019
  13. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I love the quality of these film shots, Chris.
     
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  14. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    Thanks Rob.
    I am somewhat flabbergasted at the fact that they came from my hand, actually. The roll that these images came from is perhaps the best and most consistent one I have ever taken.
     
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  15. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    Those are fine shots. I like the way everything matches, the clothes and cars in the first are from the same era, as are the bus and art deco building in the second.
     
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  16. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    I have a day off work today and the weather is a bit grim, so I've spent the morning sorting through a few images. Following on from my post above, I've hooked out a few from my shadowy recent past.

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  17. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    The first two were shot this Saturday with an Industar 26M 50mm f/2.8 rangefinder lens.
    I have no memory of what the others were taken with - possibly a Takumar 35mm
     
  18. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    I like them a lot, but then I am a fan of deep shadows. It's great that we can't see the woman's face in the colour shot - nice colour too. A success, I'd say.
     
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  19. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    Thanks Rob.
    I watched the Sean Tucker video that you linked to. It's great, thanks for that. Turns out I was already doing what he recommends - it's very easy to set things up for this when you can see a histogram as you frame the shot.
     
  20. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Indeed. I use the histogram when I have one available - not so on my film cameras, but somehow life goes on. Amazing :)
     

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