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I love Ciutadella in the early evening. With the exception of the Fiesta (see yesterday's upload) there is usually an air about the place that encourages you to feel relaxed - its almost like peace via osmosis.

The market place is wonderful and sadly I didn't get to capture it as I wanted to (perhaps one day I'll go back and have another crack). However, on my last trip I did get this as I walked past the fish market stalls (the patterned building to the left). Several kids were racing and running about on the far side of the building - they were oblivious to my presence (they were having so much fun!). So here is my attempt at a lensbaby action shot - and its an image I feel quite proud of (anyone who has used a lensbaby will understand why). Sadly, other than composition I feel this was more good luck than good judgement!

Post processing was done in LR initially, but the saturation was adjusted by using SilverEffex and adding various control points for selective colouring.

Don't be shy - let me know what you think. Good or bad.

Regards,

Adam

Brand:Canon
Lens:Lensbaby Composer/double glass optic/f4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Jun 2012 - 6:29 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Market Place Dash
Username:sherlob sherlob
Uploaded:17 Aug 2012 - 3:15 PM
Tags:Black & white, Ciutadella, Digitally manipulated, Lensbaby, Minorca, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract, Sports / action
Votes:26

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TanyaH
TanyaH Critique Team 11679 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom77 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2012 - 3:24 PM

Don't have a lensbaby, but it's a shot I'd have been proud of with any normal lense Grin Cracking image!

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8526 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1091 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2012 - 3:28 PM

Lots of things going for it - the splash of colour in a mono environment (the manipulation is very subtle, it doesn't scream out colour-popping); the 'both feet in the air' timing - and the perfect focus. Damn impressive.
Moira

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2012 - 6:07 PM

A beauty of a shot. The LB works really well here, whether by luck or not. And nothing wrong with that. Smile
Perfectly timed and beautifully processed. Good choice of frame too.
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Last Modified By SlowSong at 17 Aug 2012 - 6:08 PM

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peekay2001
17 Aug 2012 - 7:24 PM

that's it.. thats the way to run for the marketplace..

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EyesFront
EyesFront  2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2012 - 9:25 PM

I really like this, however it was captured - luck or not.

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swedger
swedger  3 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2012 - 11:14 PM

I really like it (dont even know what a lens baby is maybe I should !) Excellent

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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82429 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom126 Constructive Critique Points
18 Aug 2012 - 9:50 AM

Thanks all for your comments - and thanks for the GEA.

A lensbay is a lens is a lens system that allows you to shift the focal plane of the image - similar to a tilt and shift lens but without the huge expense. Think of the effect in this way: usually you use your aperture settings to control depth of field (the degree of an image from front to back that is in focus). By shifting the focal plane you gain more control still as you can now alter the degree of focus not just front to back (by changing aperture), but top to bottom and side to side too. In fact you only have one spot in the frame that is sharp (a sweet spot). Lensbaby's are as manual as it gets - there is no autofocus, and to change aperture on all but the dearest models you need to place a disc into the lens using a little 'wand' with a magnet on it! You can however, change the optic within the lens to change the quality of the final image. e.g. there is a pinhole/zone plate optic that is good fun to experiment with.

In my mind lensbaby's qualify as lo-fi imaging. The use of the lens is not intended to get the highest fidelity result (in other words the most lifelike result). Rather the emphasis is placed more firmly (imho) on the aesthetic elements of the composition.

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swedger
swedger  3 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2012 - 10:39 AM

Adam

Thanks for the lensbaby explanation.

Craig

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JaHa
JaHa  248 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Aug 2012 - 10:14 PM

Not usually a fan of colour-popping but this is fairly subtle, and helps to draw even more attention to the runner.. perfectly timed and composed, well worthy of the GE award.
Jarod

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clintQB
clintQB  351 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 - 7:49 PM

Fantastic shot and processing

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Nic_WA
Nic_WA  10179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2012 - 9:13 AM

Love the almost mono shot with that splash of red. Well composed and well timed...especially given that it's with the LB Smile

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2012 - 10:48 AM

Like the LB effect and good timing too Adam
Congrats on the GEA
Regards Richard

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