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Dragon dance drummer

By tom_earwaker
Another one from Saturday in Coventry - missed most of the show, but got a few shots of them packing up. I've tried to bring out the red and cyan/blue tones and suppress the other colours a bit. Would have been nice if the guy on the left was facing the other way Wink
Critique always welcome, thanks for looking.

Tags: Street People Coventry Celebration Drummer Chinese new year Dragon dance

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dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
7 Feb 2017 6:26AM
I rather like this one. A good moment recorded.

Minus a stop seems like a mistake to me - there is some fading of the shadows which suggests underexposure.

Anyway - I tweaked Levels, rotated a tad, and did a little work on colours, as there's a bluish tinge that doesn't - to my eye - suit the subject. I'd be interested to see hte unworked original...

But this is quibbling: good shot! I'm guessing this was shot in the lower level of the shopping precinct - but i could be wrong, as it's 13 years since I worked in Coventry, and I know the landscape is changing al lthe time. I hear that they've demolished Christchurch House, where I spent almost all of my 17 years working in the City...
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2017 10:44AM
I like this, my kind of image. Not sure you should have messed with colours - it does look a touch flat and would benefit from a touch more brightness and contrast. I have all my Canon's set for -1/3 stop for outdoor use, but remove it indoors. Interestingly, the Fuji bodies do not need any general negative compensation.

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4268 Canada
7 Feb 2017 4:08PM
You had a reason for using -1. I would guess that this is a tight crop from the original, and that theres a bright area at the top you were concerned about? If so, as dudler alludes to, then there was no need to use -1, as the camera is already applying a degree of underexposure.

I also see that blue/cyan tone; it shows up in blacks, where it shouldnt, so be careful with colour adjustments.

Re the man on the left, crop him out. Ive also loaded a screen shot showing the histogram where you can see black is not black, and this is likely due to a lot of light coming from above.

The mod has the -1 removed, and colour adjustments based around getting black to be black, which removed a lot of blue and cyan.

The mod shows this and the crop.


7 Feb 2017 9:26PM
Thanks everyone, as aways it's much appreciated.
You're right, I didn't need the -1, wasn't quick enough to change settings in time! I've uploaded the original. I think there was enough detail in the shadows, but I purposefully moved the black point and edited the colours in curves to give it a bit of a 'film' colouring, maybe didn't quite pull it off! I didn't really like it as much with more contrast, just seemed a bit too 'in your face' . Maybe I should have either not done it or gone further so it looked more intentional...
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4268 Canada
7 Feb 2017 9:30PM
Thats good information to know in the original description Tom. Knowing that, you certainly did achieve a film-like appearance. Thats why the question is asked when uploading to describe your intent or goal.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
7 Feb 2017 9:56PM
Well when I first looked at this it reminded me of a 'film' look where processing or ageing have had an effect.
So in that sens I guess you achieved your goal, though I also have to say that it's the sort of info that'd be useful in the description.
Given the amount of red it may be worth suppressing all colours apart from that
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2017 6:21PM
Interesting comments, here. when we say, film look, which film, or is it just a generic film look. I used a lot of different films at one time or another and I struggle to match this to any. Maybe an early Perutz or Ferrania because most transparency films were inherently contrasty but some fast colour negative could be quite pastel.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
10 Feb 2017 9:56AM
Not all film is good film! The look here was on that I tried hard to avoid, with too much coldness other than in the more strident reds. Yes, it was typical of some film in some light: I prefer the slightly warmer and softer look that Agfachrome Professional gave, along with the Ektachrome-X that was my first experience of slide processing. Around 90 minutes, if I recall, in the days of the E-2 process. And there was a reversal exposure, requiring a Photoflood lamp a foot or so above the wet film...

Times got got shorter with E-4, with some chemicals so toxic that they came as tablets rather than powder: and the processing temperature soared from 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

But if someone offered my a truckload of fresh Agfachrome RSX100, I'd take it like a shot.

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