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Black & White / Re: So..what sucks about this shot?
« on: April 17, 2012, 11:17:20 AM »
Here's another take that removes fine detail and crops out the distracting ear and most of the hand. I did this quickly just to make the point that there are millions of ways to change the image -- this one is meant to focus in on the main point of the image, the connection between the two subjects.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: April 16, 2012, 10:29:53 PM »
Sorry you caught me in an irritable mood and should have left the last sentence off the post. I hope you can find good homes for the cats.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:09:52 AM »
That is not B/W but Sepia or something.

After 40 years I did not realize that, I will go back and redo all my work.

Toning of images has a long history, both in recreating classic B&W looks and to increase permanency of B&W images. They are still considered by most to be B&W. If they are not to your taste that is fine.

As for your image, it's a cute image of two animals.

Black & White / Re: So..what sucks about this shot?
« on: April 15, 2012, 02:04:18 PM »
For me the best way to respond is to recrop and slightly reprocess your image. I do think there is an emotional connection in the image that gives it worth beyond simply those who know the two people in the image. I see the love of a mother/grandmother for her child. I do think that going B&W is a good way to go so that the distracting colors are removed from the essential content of the image. I toned the image as I think it gives the image a more emotional feel. I used to never tone my images and then started at first with more subtle ones and now go bold. The tone I used here is one that replicates the Silver Gelatin look.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Canon Body Nikon Glass!
« on: April 15, 2012, 01:37:24 PM »
This was taken with a Nikon 45 GN pancake lens. I was getting my mail and looked up and said, "oh S___!" I ran inside and grabbed my IR converted 20D and that lens. It is wicked sharp!

Tree and Clouds by mjardeen, on Flickr

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm f1.8 mkI
« on: April 15, 2012, 01:32:55 PM »
This was a 5 shot panoramic I shot last weekend with my IR converted 20D

Narrows Panorama by mjardeen, on Flickr

Oncoming train with Narrows Bridge in background:

Bridge and Train by mjardeen, on Flickr

Canon General / Re: eBay scam?
« on: April 15, 2012, 01:10:52 PM »
I had a seller years ago on ebay who ripped off me and about 6 other buyers. I contacted his recent buyers to determine who else had been taken. I then went on a search and determine where he lived within about a 6 block area in a neighborhood in Kahala Hawaii. I sent him an email and let him know that I had his name and what area he lived in. I then let him know that my Mother lived in Honlulu and worked with the police department. I asked him if he wanted a visit from the police. He ended up replacing what we did not get with other items of equal value and everyone got their monies worth. It was sooo much fun.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: April 15, 2012, 12:59:06 PM »
A few of my B&W from a show that is currently up 4/1/12-5/31/12.

Ruby Beach Reflections by mjardeen, on Flickr

Spruce Burl Trail - Kalaloch by mjardeen, on Flickr

Beach 2 Log by mjardeen, on Flickr

Kalaloch Nurse Log by mjardeen, on Flickr

Cattail by mjardeen, on Flickr

It's been a 40 year love affair with B&W.

Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: April 15, 2012, 12:44:09 PM »

Brilliant brilliant work. I am really loving your shots.

Im digging the quite abstract feel of the close up shots. And the simplicity of the solitary house and street lamp is sublime.

Nice work

Thank you very much. 2012 is off to a good start. I think 2011 was the best year ever for my photography. The key was getting a 20D converted to IR only. The result has been a serious move to B&W and a killer show that I just opened. You can see the show at: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjyXBHbi

Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: April 10, 2012, 12:50:37 PM »
This is not a technique I use very often, but it seemed to be the right thing to do with this image.

Signs, signs, everywhere signs by mjardeen, on Flickr

Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: April 10, 2012, 12:48:13 PM »
Here are a couple of mine:

TMOG Reflections by mjardeen, on Flickr

Ghost House B&W by mjardeen, on Flickr

Fire Cone by mjardeen, on Flickr

MOG 2012 by mjardeen, on Flickr

Spanish Steps_WWPW by mjardeen, on Flickr

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
« on: January 04, 2011, 12:45:15 PM »
I loved that lens for the time I owned it.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: December 31, 2010, 12:22:49 AM »
Two shots taken christmas day. The first is looking off my aunt and uncles house, the other is a portrait of my cousins oldest son who is a fashion designer. Both shot of course with the 24-105 on my 5D

Landscape / Re: Skyscapes
« on: December 18, 2010, 07:35:39 PM »
Here are a few from my work

I used a 10-22mm on my 7D for about a year - and then switched to a 17-40mm L.   While the angle of view of the 10-22mm is certainly dramatic, I found there to be too many image quality issues - small details were somehow indistinct, colors hard to work with, and the lens isn't very good if you want to include people in your shots.    The 17-40mm L was very surprising for me - much sharper than expected, excellent detail, better color and contrast than the 10-22mm.   I happily traded off the extra width for better image quality.
I am sure you did, but you are going from what amounts to a 16-35mm (the 10-22) equivalent to a roughly 27-64mm so of course you traded those things -- but you lost an ultrawide. You could have gotten a 15-85 or a 17-55 and had the same thing. You are comparing apples to oranges and while it may have made perfect sense for you (few people can shoot people with an UW Zoom), you lost coverage and the whole reason to own an UW. If you could only afford one of those lenses then you did make the right choice.

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