Bristol Streest Portraits 26/8/2006

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by Bristol Pete, Aug 26, 2006.

  1. Bristol Pete

    Bristol Pete
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2002
    Messages:
    5,665
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Bristol.
    Ratings:
    +309
    All taken in Bristol City Centre this morning. Went into town to get a new Crumpler bag and put the 50mm 1.8 prime on my shoulder. Met a few nice faces and had a few good chats.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Ray

    Ray
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2002
    Messages:
    855
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +23
    Bloody hell Pete. Is it that the cider is strong down there or something ?

    They're all excellent, of course, but especially like the last one. Mind you the more I look at that 2nd guy. Looks like one of the dogs with flabby skins.

    Good work.

    Ray

    Edit: Obviously a good lens that 50mm.
     
  3. Liquid101

    Liquid101
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2006
    Messages:
    8,072
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Aberystwyth
    Ratings:
    +3,151
    Really nice work Pete. Those bright prime lenses give such a lovely result. If I was being really picky, I would like to see less sharpening, but i suppose its just a matter of taste really.

    The first one is really great.. I used to make these kind of portaits when I was living in Somerset. I just don't have the guts to make the approach these days.

    I few more of these and you'll have a books worth ;)
     
  4. Gordon @ Convergent AV

    Gordon @ Convergent AV
    Distinguished Member AVForums Sponsor

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2000
    Messages:
    14,230
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Living in Surrey, covering UK!
    Ratings:
    +3,096
    Pete: I used to worry about your sharpening but now I think it's great. It's definately your signature look and I think it enhances your portraiture work.

    G
     
  5. electrolyte

    electrolyte
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2002
    Messages:
    4,030
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Ratings:
    +1,045
    These are just fantastic. Your portrait shots are all so perfectly lit. I just can't get my 1.8 50 prime to work as well as you can. Top stuff.

    BTW I like the sharpening you do.
     
  6. Bristol Pete

    Bristol Pete
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2002
    Messages:
    5,665
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Bristol.
    Ratings:
    +309
    Cheers all.

    With reference to the sharpness. I like it and perhaps the fact I view my images on a 26" TV via DVI means that images are softer to me initially.

    When printed these look great :)
     
  7. senu

    senu
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2005
    Messages:
    19,349
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Denham, South Bucks
    Ratings:
    +2,811
    I think (personally) that you are living on the knife edge ( pun intended:rotfl: ) of sharpening. ;)

    The quality of the images certainly show off your eye for what works for you, the glass, and your monochrome technique is easy on the eye.

    I would however suggest that when in doubt, sharpen less, not more.
    Given the very small leeway, some displays or printers may remove the antialiasing and oversharpen even more.

    BTW is this from the 30D or the 5D I see coming your way??:D
     
  8. Radiohead

    Radiohead
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2001
    Messages:
    4,418
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Amazingstoke
    Ratings:
    +442
    I worry about the places you go, I really do.

    Echo the comments about sharpening - almost too much but just backed off enough.
     
  9. Bristol Pete

    Bristol Pete
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2002
    Messages:
    5,665
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Bristol.
    Ratings:
    +309
    Noted Senu. These were all taken on my 30D with the 50mm 1.8 @ 2.2F.

    Sadly Jessops would not allow the 5D out of the store - cant understand why :D
     
  10. Bristol Pete

    Bristol Pete
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2002
    Messages:
    5,665
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Bristol.
    Ratings:
    +309
    Cheers. Will dial it down a shade but out of interest are talking about my portrait stuff only as everyone said how good the Silverstone stuff looked without a mention of the sharpening technique.

    As for worrying, these folks were quite literally all in town. The top fella, which happens to be one of my fav shots in an age was selling newspapers at a booth. Dont panic, I worked in a slaughterhouse for 13 years so can look after myself.

    Pete.
     
  11. Liquid101

    Liquid101
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2006
    Messages:
    8,072
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Aberystwyth
    Ratings:
    +3,151
    To be fair, its still pretty aggressive.

    What method of sharpening do you use?
     
  12. Bristol Pete

    Bristol Pete
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2002
    Messages:
    5,665
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Bristol.
    Ratings:
    +309
    Well, note that I like sharp detailed images.

    I use the Fred Miranda plug in call WB Pro which is in its top three plug ins and superb imo. I use it on resizies to display here and elsewhere.
     
  13. Radiohead

    Radiohead
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2001
    Messages:
    4,418
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Amazingstoke
    Ratings:
    +442
    I've no doubt you can (imagining Pete walking around Bristol with a cleaver)

    It's only the portrait stuff but I stress it does work.
     
  14. Ray

    Ray
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2002
    Messages:
    855
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +23
    They've probably seen pics of the people you hang out with !:D

    Ray
     
  15. Chunder

    Chunder
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2005
    Messages:
    593
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Ratings:
    +37
    Fantastic portrait shots - very nice close cropping, too! Do you not find that you're really "in their face" getting shots like this?
    *edit* - ah, sorry; taken with the D30, so the lens is acting as if it's an 80mm... that explains it! Trying to get shots like this with the 50mm on a 5D is really intimidating to the subject :)

    Also, were these random people, or folks you know? If the former, what did you say to them in order to get them to pose? Do you ever get people refusing?
     
  16. bowenjones

    bowenjones
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2002
    Messages:
    2,804
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Wales
    Ratings:
    +449
    Wow, the detail in those shots is amazing!
    I might give that plug in a try. Do you have a link for it Pete?
     

Share This Page

Loading...
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice