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Featured My anniversary of visiting Gubei Water Town

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by TerriblePerson, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. TerriblePerson

    TerriblePerson Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 12, 2018
    Last year, I went to Gubei Water Town for the first time, and it quickly became one of my favorite places. It's a fake ancient town 2 hours outside of Beijing with beautiful small walking streets and wonderful architecture. I went in November, when winter had already settled in. The plants were all dead and the water was frozen.

    Despite the barren life, it was still beautiful, and the largest picture in my house is from that trip. This time, we went in the prime time of autumn, so we decided to try to compare what it looked like in winter vs. fall. It also made for a great opportunity to compare my a6000 that I used last year to my EM-5 II. Hopefully you guys can enjoy my pictures as well :blush: Let me know if there's anything you think I could improve on.

    First, some comparisons!

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    WA220003 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    DSC05402 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

    These two are actually quite different. I did a bad job remembering what I did last year. I wanted to share this one because I actually messed up on the new one. You'll notice it's at 3200 ISO. This was the first picture I took that day, and I forgot to change it back from when I last did some night shots. I have to say though, it looks really good for 3200 ISO. I maybe went a little ham on the noise reduction, making it very smooth in some places, but as a whole, it looks just fine.

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    WA220092 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    DSC05409 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

    It's funny because they're both shot at 28mm by chance, but obviously that's more telephoto on M43. They both again have a very different feel. I couldn't get the leaves to look right. For some reason, they look overly smooth from a distance, but if you zoom in, it actually looks OK. I don't understand why.

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    WA220138 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    DSC05661 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    DSC05499 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

    Roughly the same focal length on all of them this time. All 3 have a much different feel to them. What's amazing to me on these is that, despite the EM5 being at a higher ISO with a smaller resolution sensor, the image in much much sharper than the other two. I think that shows just how much the 18-105 sucks on the Sony. I don't feel like I missed focus or had camera shake, although the daytime photo is at a low shutter speed for Sony...

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    WA220215 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    DSC05573 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

    This one, my wife is blurry because I was playing around with seeing how exactly you freeze motion with flash in long exposure shots. Obviously I failed here. But it's still neat to see the difference.

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    WA220221 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    Frozen in Time by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

    The Sony image of this is one of my favorite pictures, but it's not a very clean image. I find it amazing how much cleaner the Olympus one looks, considering that's shot with a prime on the Sony and a zoom on Olympus.

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    WA220220 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    DSC05622 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

    Once again, I did a terrible job replicating the shot.

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    WA220207 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    Two-faced town by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

    This is the one hanging on my wall. Maybe something went wrong with the JPG because the Olympus one looked better in Lightroom I think.
     
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  2. TerriblePerson

    TerriblePerson Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 12, 2018
    Those are all of my comparison shots. Here are some portraits that I took that I really like. I didn't edit the comparison shots very much, but I spent a bit of time on editing these portraits. Let me know what you think!

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    WA220050 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    WA220067 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    WA220075 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    WA220094 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    WA220102 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr

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    WA220180 by Jonathan Selby, on Flickr
     
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  3. jhawk1000

    jhawk1000 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Jun 30, 2013
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    Mel
    I would give multiple winners for these photos. Wonderful images with great post processing.
     
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  4. Excellent series, well done. It's a pity though that viewers can't see the exif :-(
     
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  5. mumu

    mumu Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 16, 2012
    Wow, some amazing photos there. Truly stunning.
     
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  6. snaimpally

    snaimpally Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2012
    Some great shots - well done. I'll have to plan a visit.
     
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  7. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I agree & love these photos. Clicking on them brings no joy, but going to Jonathan Selby's Flickr page does give some images from the same location (in 2017) with EXIF available.
     
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  8. jhawk1000

    jhawk1000 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mel
    With EXIF, without EXIF, these images are superb.
     
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  9. lampo808

    lampo808 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 28, 2018
    Very nice comparison, I would make a mess trying to recreate shots done the year before.

    The portraits are amazing!
     
  10. TerriblePerson

    TerriblePerson Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 12, 2018
    I assume you can't see the EXIF because I gave up on Flickr after they went paid only, and I don't have enough drive to pay for a subscription when I'm not looking for exposure. It lets me still see the EXIF, but it tells me these pictures and 5,000 more are up for deletion. I guess I should just use Flickr to share my absolute favorites from now on and delete almost all that are on there. I'll see if I can get it fixed when I have time.

    One of the pictures I clicked on said it was shot at ISO 3200 with a shutter speed of 1/2000. Whoops. Was one of the night architecture shots. I assume I took it right after a portrait shot and forgot to change ISO.
     
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  11. mcrosa

    mcrosa Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Jun 26, 2013
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    Mike Crosa
    Thanks for sharing.
     
  12. martink111

    martink111 Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 31, 2012
    Orange County, CA
    Nice! I've been to a village in Suzhou similar to there- it's beautiful

     
  13. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Fantastic shots! And what a marvelous place! I like all of them. But I hooked up on one thing on WA220075. Looks like she is staring at the plant. Not so natural. Think it might have looked better if she looked into the camera. Or maybe looking to the right in the picture, but that could have looking strange when holding that on the other hand.
     
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