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[*] posted on 3-1-2009 at 10:25 AM Reply With Quote
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yeah... so i shot a masquerade party two nights ago. good fun, free drinks.

lighting was a fucking nightmare. my camera was constantly focus-hunting. here's what the lighting situation was like:

http://upload.omegach.net/imgs/j_esguerra/bin/images/large/20090228_DSC_0643.jpg

all of these shots came straight out of the camera, NO post-processing involved except resize. too lazy to go through all 346 images...

you can view the entire set here:

http://upload.omegach.net/imgs/j_esguerra/

anyways, on to a few select pics from the night..

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[*] posted on 3-1-2009 at 01:05 PM Reply With Quote


2nd post 2nd picture is quite unflattering lmao
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[*] posted on 3-1-2009 at 01:12 PM Reply With Quote


no post processing?:blink:
very saturated color and nice exposures
any flash used?




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[*] posted on 3-1-2009 at 02:29 PM Reply With Quote


Nice control of lighting. You seem to respect the "thirds" rule pretty well.

A small tip on shooting portrait is to be lower (eye level) than your subject, you can get some interesting angles that way.
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[*] posted on 3-1-2009 at 02:40 PM Reply With Quote


the blonde in the black dress in the 5th picture is pretty hawt though

Oh yeah for no post processing those are some really good photos what camera did you use? and i guess what were the settings for some of those pictures?
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[*] posted on 3-1-2009 at 03:24 PM Reply With Quote


sick pictures
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[*] posted on 3-1-2009 at 04:22 PM Reply With Quote


That is impressive for those difficult situations.

What is your lighting setup? I suspect you are bouncing off the ceiling (but the ceiling appears too high to do that), but in the second to last photo, I see light in the person's eyes which means that somehow light is being thrown forward.

Are you using a Nikon D200 + SB800 with the diffuser that comes with it? (uh. . . fong lightsphere maybe?)

Are you using balance fill or regular i-ttl mode?

What is your workflow? I hate how jpg looks out of the D70 so I shoot raw and run the pics through Adobe LightRoom to convert to jpg with no processing, but 347 photos would probably take all day!

Sorry for all the questions. I don't mean to be nosy, but the EXIF is stripped so I can't figure any of this out.




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[*] posted on 3-1-2009 at 05:01 PM Reply With Quote


some people needed to put their masks back on....
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well i guess i'm forced to reveal my dark secret... i recently broke the bank w/ the purchase of a D700. i normally leave exif intact for whoever wants to take a peek at my settings, but i'm feeling slightly embarrassed at my latest extravagant purchase.

in-camera settings were tweaked to boost sharpness, contrast, and saturation. bounced the SB-600 off the ceiling (with balance fill), and shot at 1/60 with ISO set to at least 1600 for even background exposure. only using JPG for now, cuz lightroom 1.3 doesn't recognize D700 NEF files. i guess i have to upgrade to 2.2 soon...

hopefully a few more gigs and the D700 will have paid for itself. it's an invaluable tool for low-light event photography. after shooting a few parties, i've come to realize the D200 just doesn't cut it.




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[*] posted on 3-1-2009 at 06:54 PM Reply With Quote


excellent shots!

the person on the left in pic 4 is a man right?...




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[*] posted on 3-1-2009 at 07:01 PM Reply With Quote


lulz

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well i guess i'm forced to reveal my dark secret... i recently broke the bank w/ the purchase of a D700. i normally leave exif intact for whoever wants to take a peek at my settings, but i'm feeling slightly embarrassed at my latest extravagant purchase.

in-camera settings were tweaked to boost sharpness, contrast, and saturation. bounced the SB-600 off the ceiling (with balance fill), and shot at 1/60 with ISO set to at least 1600 for even background exposure. only using JPG for now, cuz lightroom 1.3 doesn't recognize D700 NEF files. i guess i have to upgrade to 2.2 soon...

hopefully a few more gigs and the D700 will have paid for itself. it's an invaluable tool for low-light event photography. after shooting a few parties, i've come to realize the D200 just doesn't cut it.


What lens you using?
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[*] posted on 3-1-2009 at 07:44 PM Reply With Quote


soo much cleavage on the 7th photo.. haha
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[*] posted on 3-1-2009 at 08:33 PM Reply With Quote


primarily used the sigma 24-70mm f/2.8

as for the cleavage shot, i just included that for the lulz. didn't even bring the camera up to my face; just pointed it at her tits and snapped a random shot. haha




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Thank you for sharing your technique. I'm wondering how things would have looked different if you'd used a D200 with the same settings and just ran them through Noise Ninja/NoiseWare. That's what I usually do and it is seriously difficult work getting each raw shot perfectly processed.

I put in an order for D700 on the last day before Nikon jacked up the price from $2100 to $2495 (due to rising value of Yen). I figured it was my last chance to buy at that low price but I canceled the order before morning. I kept thinking, "wow, that's a lot of trips to Jack-In-the-Box"

I canceled it because it's really embarrassing when you go out and buy a $2100 camera and your friends are in different circumstances.

That must be amazing to have non-crop body with tha 24-70 lens. I've got all these Nikkor AI-S lenses from when I was a kid. . . so I have been wanting full-frame for a very long time.




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noob question: how noticeable are pics taken with a crop body compared to pics taken with a full frame



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[*] posted on 3-2-2009 at 12:32 AM Reply With Quote


i really like the 7th picture~ that photo just get me...very good capture



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They're not different. The D700 just happens to have very low pixel density so it handles noise really well.

I used to use a Pentax K1000 and Nikon FM2 and had developed certain habits with my lenses. When I got my D70 (crop body), I had to remember that my 50mm was no longer 50mm and that my 80mm was no longer a portrait lens.




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[*] posted on 3-2-2009 at 10:46 AM Reply With Quote


yeah, other than better noise performance, shallower depth of field, wider dynamic range, and shorter effective focal lengths, there really isn't much of a difference between full-frame and crop bodies.

that said, i still fucking love my D700. it's amazing.




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Yeah 24-70mm f2.8 is sexy lense, though I personally prefer the nikon model with the ED glass. I may be switching to full frame soon, but I would need to revamp alot of my lenses for it...
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as much as i'd love to own a bunch of fast nikon glass, it's just not in budget. my sigma lenses have never let me down, though; all of them are decently sharp wide-open.



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as much as i'd love to own a bunch of fast nikon glass, it's just not in budget. my sigma lenses have never let me down, though; all of them are decently sharp wide-open.


I've never used a Sigma so not sure how they perform. My 17-55mm F2.8 DX IF-ED has never let me down though lol.

But yeah... 2000$ for one lens is ridiculous lol
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