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E-M5 goes to the Top of the Rock

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by yekimrd, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Inspired by nylife, I braved the cold weather (10s-20s) this past weekend to venture to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

    I first posted a few links on nylife's "E-PL5 visits the top of the rock" image thread but deleted it after realizing my mistake. My sincerest apologies to nylife as I did not mean to hijack your thread.

    As always, C&C's are welcome.

    Shot in the afternoon, it seems that the sun is hiding behind the Empire State Building...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/yekimrd/8446640110/" title="Empire by yekimrd, on Flickr">"800" height="600" alt="Empire"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/yekimrd/8445550831/" title="Central by yekimrd, on Flickr">"800" height="600" alt="Central"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/yekimrd/8446640240/" title="Viewer by yekimrd, on Flickr">"600" height="800" alt="Viewer"></a>

    Took a break and ducked inside to avoid the cold...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/yekimrd/8446667986/" title="Waiting by yekimrd, on Flickr">"600" height="800" alt="Waiting"></a>

    Wifey pondering on the composition for her next shot...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/yekimrd/8446640334/" title="Musing by yekimrd, on Flickr">"600" height="800" alt="Musing"></a>

    My take on a Gotham City-esque Manhattan...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/yekimrd/8446640402/" title="Gotham by yekimrd, on Flickr">"600" height="800" alt="Gotham"></a>

    This would've been better with the 60/2.8 but I only had my 75/1.8 with me...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/yekimrd/8446640428/" title="Skyscraper by yekimrd, on Flickr">"600" height="800" alt="Skyscraper"></a>
     
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  2. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    Excellent set Mikey, galing!
     
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  3. Azon

    Azon Mu-43 Regular

    131
    Jan 6, 2013
    Good pictures! Like from the vintage magazines:) Amazing resolution, I love this lens too.
    And as you did I often have only one lens and can tell that the lens that right now you have on your camera always the best one:) Thanks.
     
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  4. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Thanks, kabayan!


    Thanks! :smile: Like you, I love the 75/1.8. It's a lens that I will never, ever sell. But just to clarify, almost all of the photos (except for 2) were with the excellent but much maligned Olympus 17/1.8 lens. Yes, photos need a bit of sharpening in comparison to the 25/1.4 (and 20/1.7) but still very much able to give you the shot you need. Also, I think the 17/1.8 has its own personality -- most OOC images have this very visually appealing contrast to them.
     
  5. Talanis

    Talanis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    509
    Oct 15, 2012
    Sherbrooke, Canada
    Eric Cote
    Great photos. My favorite is the 1st one. Iconic photo, nice colors.
     
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  6. Azon

    Azon Mu-43 Regular

    131
    Jan 6, 2013
    It's what I love about this lens- amazing amount of details good colors and contrast without clinical sharpness (that easily could be added by unsharp tool). Unlike 20/1.7 that shines for street, this jewel (75/1.8) gives us possibility to feel the volume of every scene and as somebody said for this lens the size of sensor already not important.
     
  7. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    Nice set, Mikey. I especially like the color and details of the second to last shot (the evening/night scene).

    Hope you find the following comments helpful (if not, just disregard! :wink:):
    - The day shots all seem to have to much of a magenta/purple tint to them;
    - Not sure if it would help or ruin the shot, but I would prefer straightening the buildings in PP. It kind of bugs me that the Empire State Building is tilted to one side in all the shots, well, except the last one, obviously... This is just my personal preference though...
     
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  8. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Good stuff Doc.
     
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  9. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
  10. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Thanks! I really appreciate your comments. :smile: I think I'm the culprit for the magenta/purple tint in the day shots :tongue: -- Thought this white balance would give the day shots a retro feel. But then again, I'm partly color blind so maybe I overdid it. hehe.. I'll try playing with the tint sliders in LR4.

    I'm afraid my PP skills aren't that advanced. I don't think the tilt function in LR4 would fix this, right? I basically had a choice between a straight ESB or straight horizon and chose the straight horizon. Short of using photoshop which I don't have :frown:, any suggestions on how to accomplish this? Thanks again!
     
  11. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    I would love to go back when the ESB is lit differently. Anyone know which dates in the year, that is?
     
  12. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    All #6 needs is a photoshopped bat-light in the sky to really give it that feel...All of them look great!
     
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  13. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    That park is huge.
    Is that where all the murders happen?
     
  14. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    I am really not that good at PP myself. I use LR3, so I suppose LR4 has similar functions. What I had in mind was simply adjusting a combination of horizontal and vertical shift, as well as rotation to get the best alignment I can. The reason I said it might actually ruin the shot is because it is sometimes quick difficult to get the right alignment when both vertical and horizontal shifts are involved. Here is a quick shot at your night scene:
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    I believe other distortions have resulted in my adjustments, but at least the most prominent features of the shot appears straight. :redface:
     
  15. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    That looks really great. Thanks! :thumbup: I'm only familiar with vertical and horizontal adjustments. How do you do the rotational aspect of it?
     
  16. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Haha.. My thoughts exactly. :tongue:

    Yes, that is if you believe what you see in all those crime shows. :biggrin: I personally am not aware of it being bad at all; I may be wrong as I don't listen to the news everyday.
     
  17. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
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  18. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011

    Visit > News > Tower Lights | Empire State Building


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  19. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    What I meant by rotation is just the rotation of the picture clockwise or counterclockwise. Nothing fancy... :wink:
     
  20. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Now, I'm mighty curious then. Lemme try this myself. But trying to imagine the process in my head, I would think that the horizontal would lean towards the left if I straightened the ESB... and yet your PP work doesn't show that. :smile: