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Evolutionary

By Nick_w      
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.

Tags: Photo journalism Architecture Natural history museum Portraits and people

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Suehh 9 39 6 England
28 Jan 2013 1:01PM
Lovely light and comp

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28 Jan 2013 1:27PM
excellent good work indeed

GrahamGrinGrinGrin
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
28 Jan 2013 1:59PM
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.
DaveU Plus
10 1.3k 123 England
28 Jan 2013 3:21PM
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.
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
28 Jan 2013 3:55PM
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
SlowSong Plus
8 6.3k 29 England
28 Jan 2013 4:09PM
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
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
28 Jan 2013 4:20PM
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.
LesF 9 182 9
28 Jan 2013 4:51PM
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
Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
28 Jan 2013 4:58PM

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.
platzy 3 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 5:32PM
Fantastic detailed image, superb work.
AnneWorner 8 620 43 United States
28 Jan 2013 6:04PM
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
ann_g 12 19 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 7:55PM
superb
widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
28 Jan 2013 8:21PM
I love this Nick, the light and subtle tones are great. What a majestic place wee camers done wellWink

Rod
marktc Plus
5 85 14 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 9:35PM
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
28 Jan 2013 9:38PM
Warm light, superb capture
Effrossini

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