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Last year we were fortunate to attend the Olympics on super saturday (Jess Ennis, Mo Farah etc), although we went in the morning session, something to savour one of the most memorable days.

The previous day we visited the NaturalHistory museum. I only had my Olympus Pen with kit lens. Over all it was OK, tho I'm not enamoured by its noise levels in the shadows (I had to use quite sophisticated methods to remove). This was three sets of HDR brackets one stop apart (well exposure blending to be accurate), all hand held and blended to remove moving people.

I wanted some human content, to give context (there are 2 actually, see if you can spot the other), whether Darwin would see this as an evolution of the Homo Sapien species is open to question. (for those that dont know that is a statue of the Great man down below).

This is a bit of preparation for a forthcoming trip where I hope to get some similar image.

Brand:Olympus
Camera:Olympus E-PL1
Lens:OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Aug 2012 - 2:09 PM
Focal Length:14mm
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
ISO:250
Title:Evolutionary
Username:Nick_w Nick_w
Uploaded:28 Jan 2013 - 12:35 PM
Tags:Architecture, Natural history museum, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
Votes:62

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Suehh
Suehh  739 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 1:01 PM

Lovely light and comp

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digital_boi
28 Jan 2013 - 1:27 PM

excellent good work indeed

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73904 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 1:59 PM

OK I may take this down when I get home tonight. After posting I put the finishing touches to the mono, the mono is the one I think will remain in my PF.

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 3:21 PM

Wonderful light Nick ... it really does bring out the best in this marvellous building. Not sure about a mono version as I like the warmth of the sunlight and stonework.

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73904 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 3:55 PM

Thanks everyone.

Dave the Mono, has a completely different feel to it, the guy is (IMHO) is far more pivitol to it. You can have a sneek viewing if you retune to "The other Channel" Wink

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64537 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 4:09 PM

One of my regular haunts. You've certainly done it justice here. But how on earth did you get a shot with only one person in it (statues aside)? It's crawling every time I go there. Grin

Pity you didn't put the mono up here as a version. I don't have another channel. Sad

Last Modified By SlowSong at 28 Jan 2013 - 4:09 PM

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Nick_w e2 Member 73904 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 4:20 PM

Chris, I will load it in its own right at a later stage (just spotted a very minor thing that needs tweeking).

As for only one person well I cheated.

I took a total of 9 images (3x -1,0,+1) then I blended each set, to retain highlight & shadow detail. There were quite a few people moving about, but between the three sets they were all in different positions, apart from this guy who didn't move a muscle. (if you look carefully there is another person- i could have removed him but I think he adds to it - maybe not at 1000px). It sounds tricky but its not, from loading the resultant three layers up - EDIT>Align Layers, to removing unwanted personnel took less than a minute (there was a bit of a leg of one guy I had to clone - that took far longer, and I doubt anyone would have seen it Wink ). I saw a tutorial years ago on it in an American photo mag, and have used it a couple of times.

Last Modified By Nick_w at 28 Jan 2013 - 4:26 PM

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LesF e2 Member 8177 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 4:51 PM

You know I like mono's and I've viewed the one on the other channel but this has more going for it, bringing the detail and colour out of the stone work.

That little camera done well or was it the processor of the image


LesF

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Nick_w e2 Member 73904 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 4:58 PM


Quote: That little camera done well or was it the processor of the image

Its Ok Les and great when travelling light, but when I get it on screen at 100% (as I do when looking for minor niggles) I can tell the difference, I had to do some noise reduction, then mask it for the shadow areas, or I would have lost detail.

When looking at it I kept thinking "oh for my proper camera" - maybe next time, but for camera and lens it cost less than a third of a Nikkor lens I can't complain.

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platzy
platzy  1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 - 5:32 PM

Fantastic detailed image, superb work.

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AnneWorner e2 Member 7613 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States42 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 6:04 PM

I love the warmth of the light here - but the guy in the garish clothing will probably look better in a mono version Smile

Anne

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ann_g
ann_g  10 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 - 7:55 PM

superb

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 8:21 PM

I love this Nick, the light and subtle tones are great. What a majestic place wee camers done wellWink

Rod

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marktc e2 Member 448 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2013 - 9:35 PM

Superb as always Nick. I thought at first that the lone viewer may spoil the shot, but he's the perfect figure of contemplation standing there. Excellent

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leontari e2 Member 2leontari vcard Greece
28 Jan 2013 - 9:38 PM

Warm light, superb capture
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