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Ian
9th May 2012, 07:57 AM
What Digital Camera magazine has an Olympus event in Brighton planned for Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May. It's free but there is a selection process for the limited number of 32 places. Follow the link below for more details:

http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/news/532597/what-digital-camera-reader-days-with-olympus.html

I'm hoping to be there!

Ian

Ian
15th May 2012, 11:11 AM
Is anyone planning to be at the WDC mag event in Brighton?

Ian

snaarman
15th May 2012, 11:38 AM
Hmm, they are showing a brand new non announced lens? Not the 60mm macro or the 75mm biggie because they have already been announced.

Time to start some rumours:

150mm f2 pro grade?

25mm f0.95?

the 14-35 f2 for m4/3 :)

theMusicMan
15th May 2012, 12:21 PM
... or even

500mm f4

35-100mm f2.8-f4 pro grade

Graham_of_Rainham
16th May 2012, 12:57 PM
Hmm, they are showing a brand new non announced lens? Not the 60mm macro or the 75mm biggie because they have already been announced.

Time to start some rumours: the 14-35 f2 for m4/3 :)

MFT 14-35 f/2 - YES PLEASE :D

I'd have really liked to have been a part of this but no point in entering as I couldn't make the dates anyway :(

Ian
16th May 2012, 04:25 PM
Hmm, they are showing a brand new non announced lens? Not the 60mm macro or the 75mm biggie because they have already been announced.

Time to start some rumours:

150mm f2 pro grade?

25mm f0.95?

the 14-35 f2 for m4/3 :)

Alas, I believe that's a misatke. :) Can't say no more than that!

Ian

Ian
21st May 2012, 03:37 PM
I understand the event is fully booked now. I will almost certainly be there on the Saturday - is anyone else from here going to be there?

Ian

Ian
24th May 2012, 03:31 PM
Hmm, they are showing a brand new non announced lens? Not the 60mm macro or the 75mm biggie because they have already been announced.

Time to start some rumours:

150mm f2 pro grade?

25mm f0.95?

the 14-35 f2 for m4/3 :)

So the mystery lens that will be shown at the Brighton event is the new 75mm f/1.8 although it's only a pre-production sample so users will be told they can't publish any pictures taken with it!

Ian

Ian
26th May 2012, 08:11 AM
On my way to Brighton by train this bright sunny morning :-)

Have got the Pen Pal Bluetooth adapter with me and will post some photos using this via my smartphone during the day.

Ian

Graham_of_Rainham
26th May 2012, 12:41 PM
Brighton, on a sunny day, new toys and foreign language students :D

Janet
26th May 2012, 01:54 PM
Why are none of these events ever held oop North?

Do they forget that there are photographers north of the Watford Gap?

Janet

Ian
26th May 2012, 03:28 PM
Some shots from today now in my gallery here:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=511

Ian

Ian
26th May 2012, 08:33 PM
Am back home now after a very long day. Looking at my shots transferred from the E-M5 via Pen Pal Bluetooth adapter to my smartphone and then resized and uploaded, over Mobile Data to the gallery, the sharpness is not really there. I'll re-do them from RAW files tomorrow using Lightroom.

Had more time using the 75mm f/1.8 but I still can't show you any shots because Olympus has asked me not to until I get a production sample in a couple of weeks.

Ian

Ian
27th May 2012, 12:57 PM
I've now produced a version of one of my shots from yesterday processed from RAW in Lightroom and here is how it compares to the version processed in my Samsung Galaxy Note:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260257.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47209)
From RAW in Lightroom

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/1338037283117.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47168)
Processed in the phone.

I think I know which I prefer!

Ian

Graham_of_Rainham
27th May 2012, 04:12 PM
They are fairly close (on my uncalibrated laptop) but I can see more contrast in the first one.

I would expect to only ever use wireless to provide thumbnail (iPad res) images for people to view in the same way we used to show "Proofs".

It's interesting how wireless connectivity has rapidly gained favour. I can't help but feel that the "marketing men" are pushing it hard. ;)

Ian
27th May 2012, 05:53 PM
Besides the contrast there is definitely more detail in the Lightroom image - you can see her eye lashes in that and you can't in the other one.

The Pen Pal Bluetooth adapter does reduce the resolution itself, so the image is actually resized twice, which doesn't help.

Ian

Graham_of_Rainham
27th May 2012, 06:45 PM
Besides the contrast there is definitely more detail in the Lightroom image - you can see her eye lashes in that and you can't in the other one.

The Pen Pal Bluetooth adapter does reduce the resolution itself, so the image is actually resized twice, which doesn't help.

Ian

Looking again on my big screen, there is noticably more detail.

That double re-size is interesting. Is there an optimum size for it to send ?

I wonder if the Eye-Fi card would do it better *???

Ian
27th May 2012, 08:48 PM
The Eye Fi doesn't do anything to the files transferred. So it ought to be better for image quality. With the PenPal Bluetooth adapter you can select various resolutions but the top option is only around a couple of megapixels. I had to then resize again for online viewing on the gallery.

Ian

Ian
28th May 2012, 11:55 AM
UPDATE - oops, I uploaded and posted the wrong images originally. The correct ones are now below.

This was an experimental shot with the cooperation of the models (Mariana on the left and Sadie on the right) being directed:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260612-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47260)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260612.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47261)
This version has a post-crop vignette added to emphasise the subjects.

The idea was for Mariana to be still and sharp while Sadie walked past in a blur. This was in a pedestrian underpass just off the beach in Brighton and the lighting was a mixture of old fluorescent tubes and some natural light from the entrance. Exposure was f/4.5 @1/10th second, ISO 200. Mariana was moving a little so she is very slightly blurred - not that obvious from a Web resolution version of the image here, although the wind has nicely blurred some of her hair.

Ian

Ian
28th May 2012, 03:38 PM
In response to some feedback on DPNow:

http://dpnow.com/forum2/showthread.php?p=64769#post64769

..I have re-done the image to get rid of some excessive coolness in the skin tones.

Here it is:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260612-3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47272)

Definitely an improvement I feel :)

Ian

theMusicMan
28th May 2012, 09:24 PM
I agree, Ian... a definite improvement, I like this. Great experimental shot.

Have you sharpened her eyes, too?

Ian
29th May 2012, 08:45 AM
Thanks John. Others now suggest the warming up I have done is slightly over-cooked and I think a agree. Somewhere in-between the two is probably right.

No localised sharpening of the eyes has been done - interested to know why you asked :)

Ian

theMusicMan
29th May 2012, 12:22 PM
Thanks John. Others now suggest the warming up I have done is slightly over-cooked and I think a agree. Somewhere in-between the two is probably right.

No localised sharpening of the eyes has been done - interested to know why you asked :)

Ian
Must have been my mood, Ian. I remember when looking at the amended version, that as well as liking the skin tone more (and I still don't think it's over done), I thought that to me, that the eyes 'popped' a bit more. Having looked back now at the pre-edit version, I see there's little difference in sharpness so I guess it is down to the skin tone adjustment that seems to make the eyes have additional clarity. To me anyhow... :)

Ian
29th May 2012, 05:22 PM
Here's another from the Brighton day:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260453-Edit.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47296)

Mariana was struggling with the light in her eyes. This was on the beach with a large reflector shining strong sunshine back at her. I thought black and white would do this frame justice and I'm certainly pleased with the result. It's quite a tight crop - only a quarter of the original frame has survived.

Ian

Graham_of_Rainham
29th May 2012, 05:55 PM
You have certianly produced an excellent image, in a style that I particularly like. I shall be very interested to see what you can do with the 75mm as you seem to be enjoying yourself with portraits.

*chr

Ian
30th May 2012, 09:06 AM
Here is the original frame, incidentally:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260453.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47317)

Ian

Ian
30th May 2012, 09:34 AM
Here's another - two versions, which do you prefer?

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260514.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47319)

or

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260514-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47318)

Ian

Ian
30th May 2012, 10:24 AM
And another mono:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260533-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47321)

Comments very welcome...

Ian

Ian
30th May 2012, 10:49 AM
Sticking with mono, but let's give the girls a rest. I thought this was rather amusing:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260261.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47322)

Ian

Ian
30th May 2012, 03:36 PM
Surprisingly little response to my Brighton shots here, oh well. Anyway, as the models have featured a lot in the last couple of days in the here, I thought a short video clip of them might be interesting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5j5TXQqXBA

Shame about the fluctuating brightness - caused because I should have predetermined the exposure and set it manually!

Ian

Graham_of_Rainham
30th May 2012, 03:56 PM
Here's another - two versions, which do you prefer?

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260514.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47319)

or

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260514-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47318)

Ian

The second one. Cropping gives more prominance to the subject and the removal of distractions improves the image considerably.

Ian
31st May 2012, 08:41 AM
And another mono:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260533-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47321)

Comments very welcome...

Ian

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260533-Edit.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47386)

In response to some feedback the vertical bar that was lighter than the rest seemed to chop the image in half so I have darkened it. There was a stray defocused hair that I have removed using PS CS6 Content Aware Fill. I have also added contrast to give the image more punch.

Ian

theMusicMan
31st May 2012, 10:43 AM
In the revised shot, I prefer the look of the lady on the left compared to the original, but the lady on the right is not as nice as the original. I think there's a slight imbalance here, to me... where if it were my shot, I'd lighten (as in fade out) the lady on the right and see where that took me.

I do like black and white portraits though, must be said.

Ian
31st May 2012, 11:27 AM
Here's another - two versions, which do you prefer?

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260514.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47319)

or

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260514-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47318)

Ian

I have worked some more on this shot: I have removed the unwanted hair on Mariana's face and cropped a little tighter. And I have produced a mono version too:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260514-Edit-Edit.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47389)

And here is the mono version - which I actually like best:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/511/P5260514-Edit-Edit-2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/47388)

Ian