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The wide end of the street - Seattle

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Ray Sachs, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    I spent the past week in Seattle. I lived in the area for about 15-16 years and still know it well - our daughter is there now so we visit reasonably often. I still love the place. I shot lots of scenic shots and lots of street shots. I used the X100 and GRD3 some, but mostly the EP3 because I'm still enjoying that new camera smell! I haven't been shooting m43 much over the past few months, but I'm having a lot of fun with the EP3 - wonderful camera it is!

    These are almost all 14mm and wider, with several at 9mm using the 9-18, which, as has been noted many times, is a wonderful walk around lens, given the range of wide and only sorta wide options it presents. I sort of re-discovered that lens on this trip and had a blast with it. Between the angles and the processing (some with the built-in 'dramatic tone' filter, some emulating that look with Color and/or Silver Efex Pro), a lot of these look like they may have been shot on Mars. They're all from Seattle - I promise...

    The full set (not full yet, but content is still coming) is here:

    Seattle - a set on Flickr


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    This one is actually a telephoto shot, with the 14-150, which I generally don't use for street shooting, but every now and then I break the rules :wink: :

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  2. alans

    alans Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 28, 2010
    Seattle is a great city - I'll have to go back soon. Nice set on Flickr - thanks!
  3. Bluegrass

    Bluegrass Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 10, 2011
    Being a shy introvert who really doesn't like crowds, I have a hard time with street photography. But the art of it, practiced by those who have a knack for it, is not lost on me. You have that knack. I love the third pic. The personalities of the individuals just scream at me from that pic. It seems real...and somewhat raw....yet makes me smile.
  4. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Hi Ray,

    Really nice set Ray. Not unexpectedly.

    I see you're still trapped in the dramatic tone mode...:smile: Man, it suits you quite well.

    Sometimes I get stuck on one and can't seem to break free for awhile.. I know the feeling. Do I like this image, or do I like how it finished?

    I really like the set, and I like Seattle too..

    ps. Sox are Rocking. I told you. Phillies - Sox Series....
  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Bluegrass - I'm actually a bit of an introvert too (I like people but tooo much contact wears me out really fast). But if a crowd is dense enough, I can really sort of lose myself in it. Thanks for the kind words.

    Alan - Thanks. I'm not sure if I'm trapped in that filter or if it just came along at the right time for me. I'd already been doing some processing in both Silver Efex (using the selective color slider) and Color Efex that sort of mimics that filter. The filter seems to get it close enough to right most of the time, needing only a touch of de-saturation. And when it doesn't, I go back to the Nik tools and produce what it SHOULD have! I'm sure I'll get tired of that whole look, but as long as they're gonna make it THAT easy for me, I'll hang in there with it for a while...

    Sox and Phils are both really tearing it up. I'd say the Phils and Sox likely finish with the best records in their respective leagues (although the Yanks stay close enough that you never know in the AL). But I make NO bets about the playoffs. The Phils won the season's series against the Giants 4-3, but a few of those games could have gone either way. And Atlanta always plays Philly tough. I'd love to see it. I think its the most likely combination. But I think its more likely that at least one of our teams gets knocked off before the WS... I just hope its yours'!!! :biggrin:

  6. s0nus

    s0nus Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 13, 2010
    I love these wide shots. Makes me want to pick up the wide lens ...

    Also, the look you achieved works well with the subject, and add that extra little something something to make the images intriguing.

    My favorite composition is the 5th (the one with the stairs).
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