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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 01, 2014, 12:06:28 PM »

Thanks Ken. I'm actually in the middle of arranging another shoot with her, but just to keep you going, here's another from the same shoot.


Heather Louise by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Cool, she has a great face and fantastic eyes. It must be fun shooting with her.

I hope you'll be able tonpost some photos from the new shoot.

I have recently moved from one continent to another and don't have any models yet for my portrat shoots that I like to do so much. I hope that will be sorted soon.

Happy new year to you!

Thanks. Until a couple of years or so ago, I hdn't really done any proper portrait shoots, concentrating on nature photography, but this year, I've done more portraits than anything else (it's been a difficult year for me). A few weeks ago, I joined a site designed to get various creatives together, mainly for portraiture. Happy New Year to you too.

That sounds interesting, I hope you'll find a lot of inspiration. These photos inspired me, in fact I contacted a model I've used before where I used to live. I have already planned to go back for a visit in April, and now I'm even more excited. We talked a bit yesterday and we will hopefully use a very interesting setting. Thanks for the inspiration!

Would you like to explain how your light setup was for thos shoot?

Thanks for your comments. It isn't often as a photographer that you get told a shot of yours is inspiring. The lighting was actually very simple. It was a single flashgun, shot through an umbrella, held high (probably around 7 feet). Probably with more complex lighting, it would have lost the feel. I increased the contrast during PP, to give it a harder look and added some light grain (as well as the obvious vignette).
Good luck with your shoot and hope to see some of the results.

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: December 31, 2013, 02:03:09 PM »

Thanks Ken. I'm actually in the middle of arranging another shoot with her, but just to keep you going, here's another from the same shoot.


Heather Louise by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Cool, she has a great face and fantastic eyes. It must be fun shooting with her.

I hope you'll be able tonpost some photos from the new shoot.

I have recently moved from one continent to another and don't have any models yet for my portrat shoots that I like to do so much. I hope that will be sorted soon.

Happy new year to you!

Thanks. Until a couple of years or so ago, I hdn't really done any proper portrait shoots, concentrating on nature photography, but this year, I've done more portraits than anything else (it's been a difficult year for me). A few weeks ago, I joined a site designed to get various creatives together, mainly for portraiture. Happy New Year to you too.

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: December 30, 2013, 04:12:33 PM »

Heather Louise by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Heather Louise by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

I love these. Both of them.

Thanks.

Thanks Ken. I'm actually in the middle of arranging another shoot with her, but just to keep you going, here's another from the same shoot.


Heather Louise by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Sky on Fire!
« on: December 29, 2013, 05:26:32 PM »
Just realised, I never followed up on my photos to follow comment.


Fiery Sunset over Loch Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Fiery Skies over Loch Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

And one from a few years ago.


Fire and Water by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr


Beautiful shots Richard!

The first and third have an impressive light and detail in the foreground. Did you use any filters? Reason I am asking is that I will on the new year start off with the Lee system.

Sorry, took me a while to get back. Yes I did use filters, a combination of a Lee CPL and soft grads on the first two (the mountains prevented me using the Singh-Ray Revers Grad), it was a challenge with the mountains though and a blend would proably have been easier, but the challenge was too much of a temptation. The other was taken a few years ago, using the Cokin P system; that was a combination of the Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer and the 3 stop Singh-Ray Reverse Grad. I also used a touch of HDR on the third, just to recover the detail in the reflection.

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Portrait / Kilve Shoot
« on: December 19, 2013, 05:54:57 PM »
I did a shoot on Saturday at one of my landscape photography haunts. I've wanted to do some portraits there for a while. The lighting wasn't the best and the wind prevented off-camera flash, so I opted for natural light (even though the woodland shots needed ISO 6400). Here is a selection from the shoot.


On the Bridlepath by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Under Foreboding Skies by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Attack Wave by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

On the Rocks at the Water's Edge by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Sky on Fire!
« on: December 19, 2013, 05:47:34 PM »
Just realised, I never followed up on my photos to follow comment.


Fiery Sunset over Loch Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Fiery Skies over Loch Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

And one from a few years ago.


Fire and Water by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 19, 2013, 05:40:55 PM »
A recent pair of shota from Kimmeridge in Dorset, UK:





Durdle Door:




Lovely shots :)!

I really must get back down to the jurassic coast, I haven't visited since I left Bournemouth about 13 years ago. Shots like this always serve as a reminder.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 15, 2013, 06:00:27 PM »

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 15, 2013, 05:56:23 PM »

I actually made a 30cmx60cm in Canvas. I was gonna sell it in my shop but decided to show it at work before putting it in the shop. My boss bought right on the spot.
I wonder why :P. I only have trees in the foreground, nowhere near as interesting as natural ice sculptures.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:44:30 AM »
Aurora Borealis in Greenland.

Taken with the 24mm 1.4L II

Iso 640. F/1.4 and 8 sec.
The lights always look better with some foreground, but it isn't easy to get enough depth of field, especially at f/1.4. Is the foreground sharp in the full size image?

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Landscape / Re: 14yr old looking for some C&C
« on: December 08, 2013, 11:52:29 AM »
Compositionally, they work quite well. However, as already mentioned, watch the colour balance and don't oversaturate to the point that the landscape no longer looks real. The first two in particular are shifted towards the green/yellow quite a bit. Also, to ensure you maintain detail, it is vital that you have a steady base, ideally a sturdy tripod. I didn't look at all of them closely, but the ones I did are showing quite a bit of camera shake, despite the low resolution web images. The water shot also looks to have had a lot of noise reduction added, which has smeared all the detail to the point of non-existence. Detail is very important in landscape photography and if you want to progress in that field (not easy to say the least with so many doing it), it is important that you follow a good technique.
Don't get me wrong, they are a good start, but if you want to progress, it is important that any deficiencies are pointed out, so that you can iron them out. Composition is the hardest part to master in many ways with landscape photography and you have made a good job there, now you just have to master the technical side.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 08, 2013, 11:33:07 AM »
Any suggestion on the drop in Circular Polariser?


Hi Dylan, available B&H etc, US$230

Worth the Money, I use a couple of them as I'm often using one in each of the Lenses I'm shooting with.

As far as I know, that's the only drop in polariser availale for the big whites. I have one for my MkI 300.

Thanks eml58,
Is this the one you using? http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/763727-REG/Canon_4774B001_52mm_Drop_in_Circular_Polarizing.html

Dylan

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 08, 2013, 05:06:15 AM »
Sometimes a mood is more important than lighting (not often but it does happen). In many ways, the more muted colours suit the scene, especially with the tilt away from the plane of focus. You could even exaggerate the muted colours and desaturate, with an increased contrast to give an older feel to the image or even convert to B&W with very high contrast.
How do you find the LB warming polariser? I used to have one with my Cokin filter adaptor, but only have the reverse grad now I'm using Lee filters.

Thanks. I find the LB warming polariser a very good kit not only for boosting colours but also for adding another stop of light, that is, if you intend to prolong exposure a bit more. Unlike most polarisers, it only has lower filter factor(around 1 f/stop only). I would have loved to go exclusively on Lee Filters but Lee doesn't produce Reverse ND grads. For this reason, I combine a Cokin Z-Pro filter holder + Singh Ray and Lee when stacking filters and so far it works for me.  :)
When I had the Cokin P, I had the Singh-Ray reverse grad and LB warming polariser. A couple of months ago, I finally got my replacement reverse grad for the Lee set (after selling the smaller one, along with the polariser), but have only had a chance for one shoot with it so far. I decided not to go for the LB warming polariser this time.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 07, 2013, 10:57:40 AM »
One of my most recent sunrise shots where the quality of light was not so good... :o

Focal Point
Canon EOS 5D Mark III ı Canon TS-E24mm f/3.5L II ı Singh Ray LB Warming Polarizer ı  Lee 0.9 Soft ND Grad Filter ı Lee 1.2 ND Filter ı 24mm ı 0.3s ı f/3.5 ı ISO 100
 
Focal Point by shutterwideshut on Flickr

Sometimes a mood is more important than lighting (not often but it does happen). In many ways, the more muted colours suit the scene, especially with the tilt away from the plane of focus. You could even exaggerate the muted colours and desaturate, with an increased contrast to give an older feel to the image or even convert to B&W with very high contrast.
How do you find the LB warming polariser? I used to have one with my Cokin filter adaptor, but only have the reverse grad now I'm using Lee filters.

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