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Fun with one lens...or learning to love the 17mm

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by kevinparis, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    I find myself one again in LA, and despite bringing my usual set of lenses, the 25, the 75, the 12-50 and the 50-200, I have found myself just using the 17mm on my OMD...and I am enjoying it a lot.

    All or almost all the shots in this set were done with the 17mm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinparis2007/sets/72157635771085803/

    Also , I have wavered from my normal RAW only, and have been shooting RAW plus JPEG, with a monochrome setting with contrast and sharpness set to the max, and a yellow filter simulation.

    Sometimes I have posted the JPEG, other times I use that as a reference to do my PP in Aperture.

    here are a couple of my favs so far.... opinions and suggestions always welcome

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    P9240015 by kevinparis, on Flickr

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    P9240031 by kevinparis, on Flickr

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    P9270052 by kevinparis, on Flickr

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    P9260038 by kevinparis, on Flickr

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  2. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2012
    Dublin
    Ciaran Reilly
    Nice sharp shots, and the weather looks fantastic! Love the sharpness of the first, and the 3rd made me double take - it's VSCO-style low contrast B&W subject trapped in a high contrast B&W environment!
     
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  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    thanks

    the light in LA can be a bit of a shock for those of us from Northern europe... add that to the rather odd reality of the city and some interesting opportunities arise

    K
     
  4. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Love nr 3. Well spotted and great capture. I think it would better with the top cropped off though (the bit above the billboard - adds nothing IMHO.
     
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  5. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Thanks

    I am in two minds about the sky. Will have another look

    K
     
  6. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    That 1st one, it looks like the focus point was on the shoes. I like that. What aperture were you shooting?
     
  7. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    this was a walk-by from the hip shot... I saw the guy and the rather odd lighting from the sun reflecting off of glass buildings. So focus was where the camera decided. Just looked at the photo info and was surprised that it says f1.8 @1/4000 @ISO 200... I tend to shoot aperture priority so i guess it must be right, though it looks more stopped down than that.

    cheers

    K
     
  8. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    776
    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    Those are nice shots; that is a versatile lens.
    I'm tempted.
     
  9. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Kevin, I pretty much consider you an LA native! Any planned trips to Samys coming up? :wink:
     
  10. zap

    zap Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 23, 2012
    uk
    very nice set!! pls don't tempt me, i already have/i love my panny 20/1.7... :biggrin:
     
  11. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Essex
    John
    No 1 is a real stand-out, I love the crisp lighting and the dynamic angle really suits the subject. I'll be chuffed if I ever get a street shot this good. :smile:
     
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  12. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    jonathan

    already did one Samys trip to check out E-M1 .....may be back before I leave on wednesday if they get them in stock before then

    in the mean time here is Tibor - the samys Leica guy, and Carmen the Olympus rep coming back from lunch

    heres to the crazy ones

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    P9210078 by kevinparis, on Flickr

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  13. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
  14. BAXTING

    BAXTING Mu-43 Top Veteran

    806
    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles SFV, CA
    Bradley
    We want more!

    Really like #1
     
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  15. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    That guy has great posture! F1.8 in focus head to toe! :biggrin:
     
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  16. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Tom
    Kevin,
    Wow, great pictures. Anyone who doubts the 17mm is "sharp enough" ought to take a look at #1 . . . lol, it's bitingly sharp (and a great shot to boot). I agree with pdk42 on #3 about the sky, though I can see why you thought to leave it in.
     
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  17. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Kevin -Nice shots!
     
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  18. khollister

    khollister Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 16, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    Keith
    The first one is fantastic - light, the angle, everything. Although I too am surprised at f/1.8
     
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  19. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    just looked up the DOF calculations for 17/1.8 at the shooting distance of 10 ft... apparently the DOF goes from 7ft to 13ft or thereabouts.

    sometimes a smaller sensor is an advantage!!!

    K
     
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