• #1265
    Pete Walentin

    A little bit of Big Apple and some more are here.

  • #1269
    Mark Gowin

    Pete, I enjoyed your NYC photos posted here and on your blog. I am on my way to NYC tomorrow. Your photos have me thinking of image possibilities. I have been busy shooting fall landscapes in the mountains the last 2-3 weeks so it will be a big change being in NYC.

  • #1282
    Kurt Kamka

    Pete, thanks for posting these … it's great seeing images from others (especially excellent images that illustrate the versatility of the system.)

    Kurt

  • #1291
    AM6

    Pete, great images – the 2nd and last really stand out for me.

  • #1294
    rudlinfineart

    Fantastic images, and in particular the last one with the billboard.

    Would you kindly reveal your “secret”, i.e. which lens, and what were the
    settings? What post processing did you use to create the almost illustrative
    look (which is particularly striking and appreciated in this image).

    Thanks
    craig

  • #1307
    Pete Walentin

    Guys,

    Thanks for the feedback.

    AM6;1082 wrote: Pete, great images – the 2nd and last really stand out for me.

    We are totally on the same page. πŸ˜‰

    rudlinfineart;1085 wrote: Fantastic images, and in particular the last one with the billboard.

    Would you kindly reveal your “secret”, i.e. which lens, and what were the
    settings? What post processing did you use to create the almost illustrative
    look (which is particularly striking and appreciated in this image).

    Thanks
    craig

    Of course.

    70mm 1/180s f/8 ISO 160.

    This picture was developed in Lightroom and SilverEfexPro2. In Lightroom I just made a “decent” colored picture, what I usually do as a basis when making b/w pictures. “Fixed” the exposure a bit, increased contrast, added clarity, raised dynamic and saturation as well as the sharpening.

    In SilverEfexPro2 I choosed as a starting point a Low Key effect to increase the “darker approach” I had in mind. Then I adjusted the details in brightness, contrast and structure. On top of this I used the selective points to darken certain areas and to highlight others, like the billboard or the heart on the wall. At the end I added a vignette.

    And I kept the sensor dust because at the end, there is no time for details anymore. πŸ˜‰

    Cheers.

    Pete

  • #1308
    rudlinfineart

    Thanks!

    I enjoy Silver Efex as well. Interesting that you started with Low Key and yet there is so
    much terrific detail in the buildings, etc. A testament to the S2 and your skillful application
    in Silver Efex.

    Can you provide a “rule of thumb” for the amount of clarify, sharpness, etc. you typical
    find necessary when you make your initial color image in LIghtroom? I am trying to get
    a feeling for the “scale” of these items. (For example, on my D300, even a “sharp” image
    takes about 15 in NX2, whereas somewhat ironically it takes 15-20 for the D3X.)

    Again, thanks.

  • #1309
    Pete Walentin

    rudlinfineart;1099 wrote: Can you provide a “rule of thumb” for the amount of clarify, sharpness, etc. you typical find necessary when you make your initial color image in LIghtroom? I am trying to get a feeling for the “scale” of these items. (For example, on my D300, even a “sharp” image takes about 15 in NX2, whereas somewhat ironically it takes 15-20 for the D3X.)

    I think the feeling is what you should rely on because it is the feeling you would like to transfer with the picture. *wise-guying off* 😎

    I recognized so far when I am having good results with a specific recipe, that I try to use it for other subjects as well. BUT and even it is sometimes hard, I do think this is the wrong approach. Moving the slider into the opposite direction sometime feels liberating. πŸ˜‰ What I want to say: As I am loving to shot a wide range of different subjects my experience is that there is no rule of thumb. When taking a picture of a young child sometimes I decrease the clarity. I'am also a big fan of slight desatured looks… so no rule of thumb.

    BUT coming back to the S2, if I do not want to overdraw the image I mostly use things like clarity or sharpness only slightly as the general quality of the images is quite high AND if I do not print them and scale them down for the web you can get away with so much…

    Hope that all makes sense.

    Cheers.

    Pete

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