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New Year's Day in Changsha.

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by ChangshaNotes, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    Pretty much the same as any other day.

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  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Ok, what did you say to the girls to make them look back and smile at you?
     
  3. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Jeff
    I like the one with the woman sweeping (or scraping, or whatever it is that she's doing) on the incline.
     
  4. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    I think those motorcycle iPad holders are a great idea! ;)
     
  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    looks like life goes on.
     
  6. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Chinese New Year hasn't been yet. I think it's some time in January or February? Colin?
     
  7. RalllyFan

    RalllyFan TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 2, 2012
    Massachusetts
    Tom
    I love the tones, what type of post work do you do?
     
  8. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    Girls always smile at me.

    Don't they always smile at you too?
     
  9. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    Those are taxis waiting around for a fare. Not all of them use an iPad holder.
     
  10. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Haha! No. :p
     
  11. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    I find street shooting post-processing quite difficult. With other types of photo I deal with them individually but with street, I'm thinking in sets. I'm still searching for a B&W "look" to settle on. My goal is to have a look that's mine but I'm nowhere near that now.

    I started in Aperture and made some basic adjustments to WB etc, then to the PTLens plugin (if necessary) to correct for distortion. Crop and straighten where needed, then noise reduction with NIK Dfine 2. I then decide if I want to use colour or B&W for the set.

    I used NIK Silver Efex Pro 2. Increased structure (like a finer tonal contrast) and added a copper tone. I dialled this back quite a bit. I have this as a preset. With individual photos I darkened the borders for some. These were shot late in the afternoon and in the last shot, the sun had gone done so it was much darker than the others. I increased the brightness to somewhat match the others in the set. There were some other individual adjustments. I think I pulled some detail from the shadows of the man walking down the stairs, things like that. These were something new and I like them, but I need to wait awhile to decide if I'll settle on it.

    For colour I like a desaturated, kind of harsh look.

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    I'm still new to all this, so I'm probably heavy-handed but I figure that if I put the time in, I'll get better.
     
  12. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Both B&W and desaturated colour PPs are already looking extremely good nonetheless! The de-sat Lady-Trolley pic is amazing... her glazed eyeglasses makes her expression sooo profound! Empty streets with parked cars and her lone figure is almost post-apocalyptic it gives me goosebumps!
     
  13. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

    390
    Oct 17, 2012
    Does that sign behind her mean 92 million square meters ? Damn, that's big !
     
  14. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    Advert for flats for sale. Three different floor plans, 92 square metres, 119m square metres and 137 square metres.