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Old 13th May 2014
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Grungy Lorna

It was Studio Group night last night and my lovely friend Lorna (she of the Dance Band and Brass Trumpet shoots) came to entertain us

Whilst some of the others were taking their turn with the lights I was chatting to a one of the group about the in-body stabilisation in his Sony FF (can't remember which model but lord, was it heavy!)) so as an experiment I left the EM-5 in ISO100, dropped the aperture to f2.8 and wound down the shutter speed until the exposure looked about right (the studio was lit only by a couple of modelling lights from the soft boxes)

Half-pressed the shutter button and the image stabilised, so I took the shot - bingo, sharp as you like (and one impressed Sony owner )

I've cropped it a bit for composition, done minor exposure, colour and clarity mods (reduced the clarity which I like for female portraiture) then taken it from LR5.4 into Perfect Photo Suite 8 to put a Grunge Vignette effect on

I think its a belter of an image but what do you think? (haven't shown Lorna yet)

The combination of 12-40 f2.8 on either the EM-5 or the EM-1 is an awesome studio portrait combination

Grunge vignette by BrianWadie, on Flickr

The shutter speed was 1/6th second by the way
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Re: Grungy Lorna

It's a cracker.
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Re: Grungy Lorna

A couple more with similar treatment but these were shot using the studio lights

Life Sucks by BrianWadie, on Flickr

Lorna in B&W by BrianWadie, on Flickr
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Re: Grungy Lorna

Excellent results.

Just shows that it pays to "push the envelope" and "ignore accepted wisdom" sometimes. Ironic that the E-M5 has a Sony sensor.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Grungy Lorna

Your opening shot is stunning. Out of my league entirely Brian
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Re: Grungy Lorna

thanks Brian, Peter and Mark

I hadn't thought of the Sony component Peter, nice point.

As to "pushing the envelope", like I said somewhere else here, I'm too dumb to understand why something "Won't work" so I just give it a go, and sometimes magic happens


A kind comment Mark, but I'm still thrashing about learning Studio work, but as above , "Some times magic happens"

The best bit is that Lorna has now seen the first image and loves it - job done!
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Re: Grungy Lorna

It works for me Brian.
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Re: Grungy Lorna

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The shutter speed was 1/6th second by the way
Very impressive, doubly so because the model had to stay perfectly still for that length of time too!

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Re: Grungy Lorna

thanks Paul and Ralph

The amazing thing with that 1/6th sec shot was that she didn't know I was taking it as she was working with another photographer and was part way through his direction when I saw the moment - magic
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Re: Grungy Lorna

I agree wit them above, no.1 is top class.
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Re: Grungy Lorna

Not one but three excellent pictures.
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Re: Grungy Lorna

Great images and creative processing very pleasing to the eye.
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Re: Grungy Lorna

I like your opening shot best Brian, really very good. I would hope that Lorna will be very pleased with that one. Did you mean the 12-40 mZuiko lens by the way?

Oly's 5 axis IBIS is the secret weapon of their current cameras in my opinion, now aided by the electronic shutter availability for low shutter speeds.

I used to shoot with the Sony A77 and A900. The A77 convinced me that mirrorless was the way of the future and I made that decision about three years ago. However their replacement model A77mk2 has some very useful features particularly in the AF department that is reported to be faster than a Nikon D4S. It is just too big and heavy for me now so no thoughts ever about going back!

That is the way of evolution, each new model leap frogs until the competition catches up or overtakes, but so far no one has a better IBIS!
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Re: Grungy Lorna

I'd like to see a bit more of the dress in that opening shot as I think the effect is a tad overdone. But it works well in #3 (girl with hat), possibly because head and shoulders is a classic oil paint portrait style that always looks good.
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Re: Grungy Lorna

Thanks Dave, yes I meant 12-40, I will change it now and leave this as a signifier that you picked up the error - thanks

OM User, as I described, it was a shot grabbed during someone else's turn with the lights so I essentially took the best shot I could under the circumstances (which cut her off at the knees )

She likes it this way (a lot) and there is some talk of it maybe being used as an album cover, so I could always claim that I shot it for that (where I inclined to BS that is )
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