The Proposal

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by musicwack, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. musicwack

    musicwack Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 21, 2015
    South Jersey
    Super long post, so sorry in advance!

    One of my best friend's informed me he was ready to propose to his girlfriend and had asked me to take pictures of the event. His plan was for her to think she'd be showing up to a family party at a park, but instead find a candle lit bench area and him playing one of their favorite songs.

    Originally I had asked him to choose a time around the golden hour but unfortunately as the day went on, set up and arrival time kept being pushed back. I had to use my fastest glass - PL 42.5mm f/1.2 Nocticron & Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 paired with my EM1 & EM5. Daylight was falling fast and most of the available light I could get was coming from the street lamps. ISO was being pushed up to 6400, so the camera and the files were being pushed to what is considered it's acceptable limit to many m43 shooters.

    The face of a man who is about to propose

    Setting up


    Getting in a little bit of practice before she arrives



    She's coming and doesn't know what's about to unfold

    The moment she realized there was no party


    "All I wanna do is grow old with you"

    Maybe this proposal will go viral one day... who knows?


    She said "YES!"




    Link to the picture set -

    My conclusion about the gear used: After looking at these pictures, it reminds me of an article that Zack Arias wrote which questioned Math or Moments? These are definitely not the sharpest or cleanest of files as I was pushing the files in camera and in pp. Eventually I will be upgrading to full frame for improved IQ, but looking back at these files I could care less if they were shot with a bigger sensor. The moments were captured and knowing that this couple and their family love and enjoy their photos puts a sense of satisfaction in the job I've done. Thank you!
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  2. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    Well said! There are many here who seem to have forgotten what the purpose of a camera is.
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  3. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    I don't know about your gear but I was pretty impressed with his. :biggrin: Great shots.
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  4. Nathanael

    Nathanael Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 12, 2015
    these are adorable
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  5. TwoWheels

    TwoWheels Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 28, 2014
    British Columbia
    Excellent work! As I read your comment after looking through the photos, I realized that I didn't even think about the IQ the first time through. I was focused on the story that was unfolding and the moments you captured so well. All that's to say that it really is about the photographer. As gets discussed ad nauseum, full frame provides some incremental image quality in certain situations, but a good photographer can make compelling images with whatever equipment they're using.
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  6. JoFT

    JoFT Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    Mind-blowing Photos!!! Absolutely great!!! But it shows that the glass you have used is great, too!!

    What have you done to denoise the photos???
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  7. musicwack

    musicwack Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 21, 2015
    South Jersey
    Thank you everyone for the kind words!

    All noise reduction was used in lightroom. I read this thread - for a starting point for noise reduction. I process for that filmish look. At lower ISOs I will add grain and the higher I push the ISO, all grain like character comes from the Olympus files.
  8. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    well captured!
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  9. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I wish I did something special like this for my proposal. Beautiful photos and moments.
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  10. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    Lovely pics!
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  11. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    Great photos! My wife just made me sign a marriage license application and told me to pick a date! lol
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  12. Adubo

    Adubo SithLord Subscribing Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    great story... great photos to tell it, too.

    i wasnt so much focused on the gear and the IQ, i think anybody that sees these images, even the pros of the pros, would appreciate the story being told. dont worry about the gear too much. the images will speak for themselves.

    great job!
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  13. nzdigital

    nzdigital Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 20, 2010
    New Zealand
    Beautiful story telling through imagery. Exactly what good photography is all about, no matter what the gear.

    You've certainly achieved the film look and I'm actually really impressed with the Olympus files. Doesn't make me want to go back to FF at all ;)
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  14. Dramaturg

    Dramaturg Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 7, 2013
    Really love the story! And really love you filmish colors! Pretty close to what we see at Jose Villas work. Did you come up with these colors by yourself? Or used a preset!
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  15. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    That was a great story! I love the story-telling aspect of this. Something we should always think about when we're shooting. Are we taking disjointed snapshots or are we wanting to tell a story? So often I'm doing the former.

    Really nice, and a sweet story.
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  16. dsac

    dsac Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 19, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    One word, Wow!! I was very captivated by the great story telling and the great pictures captured. I like to echo Andrew "adubo" comments and I agree with you that the IQ is not important, as long if it does not distract from the story telling, which in this case it didn't. My most cherished family pictures collected throughout the times are the ones that have a great story associated with them and not because they are sharp. You definitely captured the moments. Well done!
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  17. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Why am I being locked out of Flickr on these. It's never happened before. I don't belong, as I host my photos elsewhere. I just wanted to see the bigger files.

    No matter. The shots are lovely, and I know your friend will cherish them his entire life. I don't know what m4/3 camera you use, but I've shot my E-M5 at 6400 in a pinch and never regretted taking the shot. What's a little grain or noise between friends?
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  18. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    Your pictures really told that story well. Sometimes it just nice to see people in love and living an important moment in their lives. I am glad that he thought of you to capture that moment forever.
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  19. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    So well done.
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  20. musicwack

    musicwack Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 21, 2015
    South Jersey
    Again, thank you for the feature and all the comments! :)

    Same exact thing happened with me! :laugh1:

    Thank you! Sadly I'm not quite skilled when it comes to post processing so I used the preset Fuji Superia 100 from VSCO Film Pack 02. When initially applied, the white balance is very cool and green, even after correcting prior to applying filter. I had to adjust white balance and reduce orange saturation after the filter was applied.
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