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26-04-2012, 11:07 PM
Another image from the Easter long weekend.
Taken at Circular Quay.
Larger version available here (http://scratch.hqphotography.com.au/images/xp2super400012.jpg).
Note: Downsampled for web consumption from about 66 megapixels.
Mamiya RZ67 Professional II, Mamiya-Sekor Z 127mm f/3.5 W, Ilford XP2 Super 400 120
Comments, critique, etc., most welcome.
I like this one H
It has a real 1950's feel about it, something I think only film can achieve.
I was reading a review on this camera and one line really cracked me up by the reviewer.
"If you produce porridge from this camera, it's your fault"
27-04-2012, 09:13 AM
Yeah, nice shot Humayun. The RZ, and along with your particular scanning technique renders these black and whites uniquely. The look is a little different, and I'm yet to put my finger on exactly what I mean. I like it though - and I'm with you in getting back on to the film wagon. I've cleaned off three Nikon film cameras this week and can't wait to bring them back into service.
Can't wait to see what we can do with a few rolls of Ilford Delta 3200.
28-04-2012, 12:25 AM
I don't know that it's fair to comment as we all see things differently, consequently, this is meant as an observation, not a criticism............to me, the image is too busy and it's something I've encountered before when "shooting" B&W...........the differentiation of objects we see in our coloured world doesn't always translate to monochrome.
While attempting to type what I'm "thinking" I went back and looked at the photo again as something was bugging me.............again, to me, the image looks "flat". There's nothing creating a sense of perspective, maybe a shallower depth of field, camera lower to the ground, etc., etc........something to create more focus on the "performers".
29-04-2012, 07:20 AM
Like this type of photography!
They really do have an ageless quality to them even though their canopy gives it away. I find the background fence and horizon running out of level a little distracting.
Nice one H:thumbsup:
09-05-2012, 03:31 PM
Thanks, mate. lol, that review is a classic! It really is a fantastic camera. A real joy to use. All the reviews that say it's heavy are spot on. I was a bit sore the following day after having carried it around all day in the city.
Cheers, mate. I've got some Delta 3200, Portra and Ektar on its way. :)
Interesting to note that you feel the image is flat. If you saw the original scan, /that/ looked flat. This has had contrast applied in varying degrees to try and make it a little 3D. Admittedly, I'm not a street photographer, but, didn't mind getting out there and having a go.
I guess what I do like about the image is the indifference in the pose of the guy on the left, the candid smile of the fellow in the middle, and the didgeridoo coming to the viewer. I also like the contrast between them and the city in the background.
I think I will have far greater success shooting posed static subjects/models. Either treet isn't for me, or, for me and this camera combination.
Cheers, mate. When I was processing, I straightened the horizon but lost too much of the image on either side, so, left it at a diagonal. Let's call it dynamism? :P
Thanks, all, for looking and commenting.
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