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08-10-2012, 11:24 AM   #346
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that's not daylight out the window (left edge) but normal city night street lighting.

Tone map/Curves helps a lot in bringing shadow details out in high contrast scenes -

such that one can get wide dynamic range from humble JPGs without resorting to RAW.





always seem to get interesting lighting on this guy (see shots in posts #343, #344)


our personable concierge/door-person -


started off as a conventional vertical/portrait orientation -
drastic cropping - turning it into a horizontal shot -



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08-13-2012, 04:32 PM   #348
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Stanley is feelin' it, and you have captured the moment beautifully. Bravo!!!
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Stanley is feelin' it, and you have captured the moment beautifully. Bravo!!!
Many thanks.

Yes, Stanley Clarke is a musical hero of mine - I was very fortunate to be granted a photo pass for his show on Sunday Aug/12.

Link to first photo
of 37,
link to album

I had some photos of him in an earlier Post #45 in this thread, from the 2010 Atlanta Jazz Festival - when he had the stunning pianist Hiromi with him.

Apparently he still plays duo with her mostly in and around New York City.

Thanks,

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Many thanks.

Yes, Stanley Clarke is a musical hero of mine - I was very fortunate to be granted a photo pass for his show on Sunday Aug/12.

Link to first photo
of 37,
link to album

I had some photos of him in an earlier Post #45 in this thread, from the 2010 Atlanta Jazz Festival - when he had the stunning pianist Hiromi with him.

Apparently he still plays duo with her mostly in and around New York City.

Thanks,
Thanks for the additional links. I can see I need to spend some time reading this thread. You're making some difficult shots look easy. Really nice work and very inspiring.
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I can see I need to spend some time reading this thread. You're making some difficult shots look easy. Really nice work and very inspiring.
Thank you - that is very kind of you.

I started this thread because I was so impressed with the performance of the K-x, as it was one of the cheapest dSLRs available at the time - yet it had one of the very best performances at HighISO

I only have the two most humblest kit zooms 18-55 and 50-200 (the latter got a poor review at photozone.de, but a really good review on Popular Photography as the Samsung clone) - together they probably make up one of the least expensive dSLR kits around.

I had shot way back with b&w film and a manual everything SLR - which didn't even have auto aperture actuation - no metering and certainly no AF..... So in comparison the K-x even at its lowest of budget levels - has advanced by several eons in automation/technology.

It may seem like inverse snobbism - but I don't deliberately make things difficult for myself - on the contrary, I try to do everything to make things as easy as possible - the K-x and the kit lenses do it for me.

To this day I still shoot regularly in a dark jazz club where in parts the light level is so low that it is below both the metering and AF limits of the K-x kit I use - this is a real testament to how well the K-x and even those kit lenses perform.

Thanks,

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Some really awkward lighting - but ended being very rewarding -






just to put things in context, his face is lit from his cell phone...








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in the presence of the King.....
(one of my all time musical heroes)










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the other half of the concert was Tedeschi-Trucks -














I was shooting from the front of stage - but once the first 3 songs limit was over I was allowed to shoot with any non-professional camera from my audience seat see post #70 in $80 p&s compact thread ( 1 2 3 ... Last Page)
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Tuesday - I had some problems with white balance -
most of the time AWB worked fine - but once in a while it would be too orange -
changing to tungsten balance was inconsistent - could be right - or too blue/daylight-like -
warm white fluorescent again could help but mostly also were too orange -
post-processing with PDCU and changing the WB was more reliable -
but upsetting as review of my photos were off.



this was a drastic crop from a full band shot similar to the one above.


difficult lighting angle

better from this side:




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At the venue where LED lighting is prominent - I was wondering why most of my shots seem to have such pleasing color balance - then I looked at the front lights -

for whatever reason, none of the LED PAR lights were on -
they were using olde fashioned incandescent PARs.







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I posted this in another thread - but thought it was appropriate in this thread - so that it doesn't get lost.

The common take appears to be there is always something lacking in Pentax dSLR AF.

I have used the K-x quite extensively (about shot count 58,000) now, and regularly in very dark environments -
to where there are parts that are literally below both the metering and AF limits of the K-x -
I am not saying the K-x never hunts - but mostly I can focus even in those very dark conditions.

I am not saying for a moment that my copy of the K-x is some super-boosted AF focusing monster -
it is "bog-standard" and I have not done any modifications to it, not only that I have only the two most humble kit zooms (18-55 and 50-200)

Please see Posts #131 and #132 in this thread.

It is quite common to have difficulties when trying to focus on the "ideal target" - face/eyes in the dark.

So I look for something else close by that may be easier to focus on - it may not be as critically correct - but mostly the depth of field takes care of any differences.

take this example -

the main subject's face was basically in the shadows - and it was not possible to focus on the face/glasses.

However the bell of the trombone had bright highlights which contrasted with the rest in darkness - gave a much easier target to focus on.

How dark was this?
ISO5000, f/3.5, 1/5sec, -0.7 comp; 18mm
metering segment read outs:


This one -



certainly could not focus on any face -
might have been able to on the stripey shirt on the left -
but focus on a candle flame was just so much easier...

One can see the K-x is more than capable of focusing in very low light without any focusing aid.

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strong colored LED lighting is not always bad.....

neither is regular tungsten lighting too much of a problem for the K-x -


I think some lighting persons are starting to use tungsten main lights on the subject and LED color washes for the background which makes for pretty good lighting -


of course low light is always a challenge
- thank goodness I don't (yet) have to contend with LEDs here -


what low light?


















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Nice one. Great timing, lighting and detail, expressive face.
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