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  1. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    The B&W focus is on the painter while the color is more about the mural. I like to photographing people and so my favorite is the B&W. My eyes keep moving around the one in color. I PP in Lightroom and then run the image through Silver Efex Pro 2. I most often will use one of the presets...
  2. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    I went uptown yesterday and here are a few I found interesting.
  3. Chuck Pike

    Construction in Charlotte, USA 2nd fastest growing city.

    I have made it a project to document some of the construction that is going on in Charlotte. This site is called 300 South Tryon St and is going to be a 42 story office building. This was shot using the Panasonic GX7 and processed in LR 5 and then Color Efex Pro 4 using Detail Extractor...
  4. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    I went uptown because 50,000 people had bought soccer tickets and I thought that there might be something interesting. What I found was Dance Day and stayed as long as I could in the 95degree plus heat.
  5. Chuck Pike

    Image Quest #4: Man and Water

    I was walking in uptown Charlotte when I saw a group from Russia who had just arrived in town. They wanted to visit the city before they started work at Carowinds. The group had been playing around this fountain when I saw them from across the street. I hurried over to where they were and...
  6. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    I went uptown last Sat and found a wedding photographer at work. I shot weddings in the past and knew to stay well out of her way. The group shot was taken from across a small park in the uptown area. later when she was setting up another group shot, I moved in closer and took the shot of the...
  7. Chuck Pike

    Street portraits..

    This was their first day in Charlotte and I saw them posing near this fountain. I asked if they were a photo class but as soon as they started talking I knew they were from somewhere else. It turned out that they had just come from Russia and the Ukraine to work at Carowinds. That seems...
  8. Chuck Pike

    Life's a Beach: show us beaches, beach towns and life at the shore

    Years ago I worked for a weekly newspaper and they always were looking for human interest items. This was one that was used. It was from my old days when I shot with film so this has to be from the 80' or 90's. www.photosbypike.com
  9. Chuck Pike

    Which lens to consider after a 25mm PL ?

    Back when I shot model portfolios I went though several Nikon lens before I found what really worked for me. I tried the 135mm, 105mm and then the 85mm lens. The 85mm just worked because of the shorter distance between subject and camera. I was taking my kit to homes, and not everyone had...
  10. Chuck Pike

    Not sure just where these belong.

    Portrait? I went to HeroesCon in Charlotte and took these using my GX7 with the PL 25mm mounted on it. This can be a fun event, and has gone on in Charlotte for over 30 years. Unlike some other Comic Con events HeroesCon is about the comic books and the event is filled with Comic Artist and...
  11. Chuck Pike

    I have been gone for a while, but I am back.

    I really like the PL 25, f/1.4 lens due to its faster focusing. Both lens work for me depending on what I plan on shooting. If I could only have one lens it would be the 25mm but I have both and often carry both with me.
  12. Chuck Pike

    I have been gone for a while, but I am back.

    I shoot street and have been active just not here. My newest camera is the Panasonic GX7 which I love. I shoot a lot in Charlotte, N.C. uptown using the Panasonic 14mm lens. We just had a street festival called Taste of Charlotte. These are from uptown, and one was shot at the festival...
  13. Chuck Pike

    GX7 $597 and free $100 gift card ---- good deal?

    It is great news. It may well mean that they are about to announce a newer camera and the price may well drop lower. Remember, every time a new camera comes out these days they say it is the best so far, until they come out with a newer camera. So picking up a discontinued model for most of...
  14. Chuck Pike

    who else is having problems with iMac 27 and Crucial memory not working?

    Great customer service from Apple, LaCie and Crucial. I have had help from Apple, LaCie and Crucial in working this out. Apple had me replace the original memory and everything worked as far as Apple and the LaCie hard drives are concerned. Someone at DPreview said to check out Apple Hardware...
  15. Chuck Pike

    who else is having problems with iMac 27 and Crucial memory not working?

    I purchased my iMac 27 with the smallest amount of memory possible knowing I would be able to upgrade later. I had read from several people over at DPreview about their doing this and then buying Crucial memory as it was so much cheaper than from the Apple store, and that is what I did. The...
  16. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    The MTA Boston. <object width="700" height="546"><param name="movie" value="http://www.photoshelter.com/swf/imgWidget.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="i=I0000Yp7C9pBV5z8&b=1"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess"...
  17. Chuck Pike

    Mirrorless Mover 20 for two bodies ?

    I own the MM 10 and the MM 30 I can carry the Panasonic G3, plus the 20mm, 14mm and 4 batteries. The fit is tight with that combo. I just came back from a trip to Boston where I carried the 25 mm with hood attached, 4 batteries and several memory cards. I kept the 14 in my pocket for that...
  18. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    Man looking at a painting. While I was in Chicago, I went to the Art Institute and while I was there took a photo of a man looking at a painting. My Panasonic G3 had the PL 25 mm lens mounted on it, the camera was on a wrist strap and I had just seconds to make the shot. Well the Charlotte...
  19. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    Always something going on in Charlotte. <object width="700" height="488"><param name="movie" value="http://www.photoshelter.com/swf/imgWidget.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="i=I00001APPMhH9F24&b=1"></param><param...
  20. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    Streets of Charlotte <object width="700" height="489"><param name="movie" value="http://www.photoshelter.com/swf/imgWidget.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="i=I0000O4hFK0aa9t8&b=1"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess"...
  21. Chuck Pike

    Photography Blogs

    I always had trouble with Wordpress. I took a two hour class on blogging for seniors and they helped me set up my blog. I had it attached to my Photoshelter account and at first it worked fine. Photoshelter had a plug in at Wordpress, but then Wordpress said that they no longer would allow...
  22. Chuck Pike

    I have a Photoshelter Beam site.

    I noticed that Photoshelter has an ad running on the right side of our front page. I have one of the Photoshelter Beam layouts and really like it. I also have Google Analytics plugged into my Photoshelter account, so I can see who is looking at what. I can tell with Analytics that when I...
  23. Chuck Pike

    The Dedicated Black & White Image Thread

    From my files <object width="468" height="720"><param name="movie" value="http://www.photoshelter.com/swf/imgWidget.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="i=I0000rPwcq_qTYO0&b=1"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess"...
  24. Chuck Pike

    Is it crazy to run 2 camera bodies for 3 lenses?

    Two Bodies and several lens in my kit. I shoot with the Panasonic G3. In fact, when they were being discontinued, I picked up a second G3, because I had always had matching cameras when I shot sports, events and weddings as a second job. Today, I still like having the second body that matches...
  25. Chuck Pike

    Showcase Panasonic 20mm f/1.7

    Heroes Convention in Charlotte June 20th. I had the opportunity to attend the Heroes Convention in Charlotte. It was a photographers delight. Thousands of people came over the three days that it was in town, and there were hundreds there while I walked the floor of the convention. You had...
  26. Chuck Pike

    The Dedicated Black & White Image Thread

    B&W of Savannah, Ga. <object width="700" height="546"><param name="movie" value="http://www.photoshelter.com/swf/imgWidget.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="i=I0000irsV5KbdADw&b=1"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess"...
  27. Chuck Pike

    Showcase Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 DG Summilux

    If I only took one lens. Over a year ago, my wife and I were going to travel to Chicago and I only wanted to take one lens with me. I owned both the PL 20mm and 25 mm and yes I know that I could carry both, I didn't want to keep changing lens. After reading what other said on this forum, I...
  28. Chuck Pike

    I am rather frustrated with M4/3 (and other stuff as well)

    Many of us have been there, sort of. I say sort of, because there was no way I was going to be able to afford a Leica. I have to say though, in the 60's I walked into a camera store that sold Leica cameras and asked if I could look at one. The clerk placed a red velvet covering on the...
  29. Chuck Pike

    Think Tank Turnstyle 5 with the OM-D E-M1

    Think Tank makes great bags. I have two mirrorless movers, the 10 and the 30. The 10 wouldn't work for you at all, so let me talk about the 30. I shoot with the Panasonic G3, and the 30 will hold that body with any of my lens attached, plus three lens in the bag. Steve Huff has a video on...
  30. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    The Beach I am still scanning old negatives, and found these I took along the S.C. beach in Garden City, S.C. One of the reasons I really like black and white is because I used to work with it in a wet darkroom and I understand it better than color. Also, I really see in b&w and when I take...
  31. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    I really need to continue with my Vietnam Diary. I had trouble with my site and posting, but it seems to be working again so I will begin posting again. I wasn't married before I shipped out, but I was dating the women I would one day marry. She kept all of my letters, and the information is...
  32. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    Every lens has its strong points. <object width="700" height="580"><param name="movie" value="http://www.photoshelter.com/swf/imgWidget.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="i=I00005tEog4YvgkE&b=1"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess"...
  33. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    NASCAR Speed Street in Charlotte 2014 I will try to make it to uptown Charlotte when ever they are having a festival, and this weekend it was NASCAR's Speed Street in Charlotte. Now it started on Thursday and I was only able to go to see it the one day. And, I was trying out two different...
  34. Chuck Pike

    Poll: Zooms or Primes

    I have both, but mostly use the primes. I shot for a weekly newspaper as a stringer, my real job being in engineering. Lots of what I shot was Friday night sports of the local high school teams. I needed a fast lens, and much of what I owned then were Nikon 2.8 and faster lens. The Nikon 180...
  35. Chuck Pike

    The Real Street Thread II

    Some of my best shots come when I think I am done shooting. I keep my camera mounted on a wrist strap so that it is always handy. I have also found that some of my best shots happen when I least expect them. Here are three examples. <object width="700" height="626"><param name="movie"...
  36. Chuck Pike

    The Dedicated Black & White Image Thread

    Carmen by the Charlotte Ballet. Here are a couple that I took during a dress rehearsal before Charlotte Ballet performed Carmen. Of course I took these in color, but I really like how it shows off the ballet when you then convert to b&w. <object width="700" height="380"><param name="movie"...
  37. Chuck Pike

    what photography related item did you buy this week?

    Two new bags. There is no such thing as the perfect bag, I know I have owned several. Some sit in the closet unused, some I pull out every so often and try again, and some I give away. I just purchased two mirrorless movers from Think Tank. I owned one Think Tank before that was part of a...
  38. Chuck Pike

    What is the best one lens for travel photography?

    If only one lens. When I went to Chicago last year I only had my G3 with the 25 mm f/1.4 lens on it. Last week we went to Savannah Ga and this time I took three lens with me, the 14, 20, and 45 mm. I took no photos with the 14, several at a fountain with the 45, and three days worth with the...
  39. Chuck Pike

    Going from Panasonic 25mm to Panasonic 20mm

    Both are great lens. I own both, and love each of them. I am going on a short trip to Savannah, and will bring my G3 plus the 14mm, 20mm and 45mm lens, each very small lens. When I wonder in uptown Charlotte, I take the G3 and just one lens, and that one is often the 25mm. Over the years, I...
  40. Chuck Pike

    Showcase Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 DG Summilux

    Ever have someone keep getting in your way? Last month, I arrived early to get a good spot for the Saint Patricks Parade, only to have a family get in front of me. To make matters worse, they bought the little girl a horn she kept blowing on. So what to do. She is in most of the pictures I...
  41. Chuck Pike

    Showcase Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 DG Summilux

    St. Patricks parade Charlotte, N.C. <object width="500" height="453"><param name="movie" value="http://www.photoshelter.com/swf/imgWidget.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="i=I0000ZNcdYaT8x3c&b=1"></param><param...
  42. Chuck Pike

    Carmen the ballet

    <object width="700" height="720"><param name="movie" value="http://www.photoshelter.com/swf/imgWidget.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="i=I0000KnkipyJVUTw&b=1"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed...
  43. Chuck Pike

    Panasonic Re-Affirms Nature of 'Panasonic Leica' Lenses - Panasonic Designed with Leica Input and Ap

    Years ago, I read a book called "Sunk", It was about a Japanese sub during WWll. In it they talked about trading lens and other optics for radar. Now about the quality of these lens I have to say this. I have been shooting since 1959 when I picked up a camera while serving in the Army in...
  44. Chuck Pike

    Showcase Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 DG Summilux

    <object width="462" height="520"><param name="movie" value="http://www.photoshelter.com/swf/imgWidget.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="i=I0000_pTT1CnwZJk&b=1"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed...
  45. Chuck Pike

    Showcase Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 DG Summilux

    <object width="526" height="720"><param name="movie" value="http://www.photoshelter.com/swf/imgWidget.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="FlashVars" value="i=I0000KtGADbecm7w&b=1"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed...
  46. Chuck Pike

    Carrying a camera

    I have both a neck and wrist strap. I almost all ways have my camera on the wrist strap when I remove my camera out of its bag, and have a prime mounted on my G3. I carry two primes with me the 20 mm and my just purchased 45 mm lens. My kit now for travel is the 14, 20, and 45. My kit for...
  47. Chuck Pike

    GAS strikes again....!

    Gas I know the feeling well. I went into our local store (the only one remaining) looking for a Think Tank bag for my m 4/3 system. While they didn't have it listed on their web page, they did have the 45 mm f/1.4 lens and of course i had to try it out. They only had it in silver, and so I...
  48. Chuck Pike

    Do we have a dedicated wedding images thread? We do now!

    Good Thread.and Over the years, I shot 50+ weddings and boy do I wish that we had digital back then. My last wedding was with the Nikon D100, and shot mostly with the 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens. I had two of everything, and I should have had a bag on wheels. I don't do any more weddings today, but...
  49. Chuck Pike

    Showcase Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 DG Summilux

    The Carmen Ballet by the N.C. Dance Theatre <img src='http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000IeuaDcygAjc/s/500/I0000IeuaDcygAjc.jpg' /> I had the chance to photograph the dress rehearsal of The N.C. Dance Theatre production of the Carmen Ballet. Now ballet has got to be one of the...
  50. Chuck Pike

    Hello from California

    Welcome This is a great group, if you have a question someone will have the correct answer. By the way, what part of California? I moved away from Stockton in 1963, and am so happy that I did. I now live in Charlotte, where I am two hours from the mountains and 2 hours away from the nearest...
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