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NYC Street Photos with a 135mm / Dial Up Unfriendly

 
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Feb 19, 2006 23:41 |  #1

Purists would balk at using such a longish focal length, but it does produce a pleasing perspective. Sometimes I just walk around with one lens to force myself to think within the boundaries of that focal length. Here are some pics with a 135mm, taken at lower Manhattan, hasty PP in RSE.

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Feb 19, 2006 23:44 |  #2

All very nice and a great idea to improve your skills. :)

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Feb 20, 2006 05:59 |  #3

They are all nice, but I like those oranges or whatever they are. Maybe a little P+p to brighten/saturate them up a bit would be worhtwhile.


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Feb 20, 2006 06:44 as a reply to  @ blighty's post |  #4

BB, I like "The Sketcher". I do the same thing with just one lens. It's good simplify for an exercise, I think.


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Feb 20, 2006 12:51 |  #5

I likee ... those fruits are almost edible. VEry nice feel to these shots. Was the L or the Zeiss?


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Feb 20, 2006 18:21 |  #6

Excellent stuff, you're so fortunate to live in NYC with all that stuff to shoot. The whole set feels very "New York" to me, which is a good thing.

I definately like the oranges best, but if you even think about brightening them or bumping the saturation I'll have to kill you ;)

The sketcher is also superb


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Feb 20, 2006 21:28 |  #7

I'd have to say "The Sketcher" is my favorite in these. Catching art with another form of art with the bonus of seeing who's creating the work. Well done.




  
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Feb 20, 2006 21:36 |  #8

These are lovely, they have a subtle, muted, winter in the city look. Nice job.



  
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Feb 20, 2006 23:39 as a reply to  @ mrclark321's post |  #9

mrclark321 wrote:
All very nice and a great idea to improve your skills. :)

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Dan, thanks for the kind words! Yes, using one lens, and a prime at that, does slow you down and make you think more about the shot.


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Feb 20, 2006 23:48 as a reply to  @ elTwitcho's post |  #10

blighty wrote:
They are all nice, but I like those oranges or whatever they are. Maybe a little P+p to brighten/saturate them up a bit would be worhtwhile.

Thanks blighty! The citrus fruits are some sort of Asian grapefruit and each is around some 8, 9 inches in diameter. I chose these parameters for saturation because it is really close to the actual colors - at least on my monitor :)

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Excellent stuff, you're so fortunate to live in NYC with all that stuff to shoot. The whole set feels very "New York" to me, which is a good thing.

I definately like the oranges best, but if you even think about brightening them or bumping the saturation I'll have to kill you ;)

The sketcher is also superb

Thanks Richard! Indeed, there are some advantages to living in NYC. So many photographic possibilities. Lots of opportunities to lose one's equipment too, if one isn't careful or a bit unlucky :) I did shoot a lot of pics for this session, and selected several that shows a variety of subject matter.

Aye, I hear you about the PP on the 'oranges' :)


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Feb 20, 2006 23:52 as a reply to  @ Smooth1's post |  #11

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BB, I like "The Sketcher". I do the same thing with just one lens. It's good simplify for an exercise, I think.

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I'd have to say "The Sketcher" is my favorite in these. Catching art with another form of art with the bonus of seeing who's creating the work. Well done.

James, Smooth, thanks for the kind comments! It looks like 'The Sketcher' is a runaway favorite here. Smooth, you have read my mind precisely, and I am glad. James, we have to get together and shoot sometime! Just one lens, a prime :) let's see what we can capture.


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Feb 21, 2006 00:06 as a reply to  @ condyk's post |  #12

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I likee ... those fruits are almost edible. VEry nice feel to these shots. Was the L or the Zeiss?

Condyk, thanks! It looks like the fruits are favorites here as well. They are by the way hanging from a sidewalk fruitstand. This isn't an L or a Zeiss, it is a Super Takumar 135mm, f2.5. It has an earthy feel to it, don't you think? Take a close look at the bokeh, especially that of "Fortune Plant Admirers" and "The Sketcher". I really love it! A weakness of this lens is slight Chromatic Abberation when your subject is set against a brightly lit background. But then again, most lenses exhibit CA in this circumstance. Dave, you really must get one of these. I love my MF lenses :)

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These are lovely, they have a subtle, muted, winter in the city look. Nice job.

Thanks Johnny! You always have kind words to say, my friend, whatever the forum. I gather that some of these will look good in B/W, and I will do some converting soon when I have the time.


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Feb 21, 2006 15:04 as a reply to  @ BottomBracket's post |  #13

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... it is a Super Takumar 135mm, f2.5. It has an earthy feel to it, don't you think? Take a close look at the bokeh, especially that of "Fortune Plant Admirers" and "The Sketcher". I really love it! A weakness of this lens is slight Chromatic Abberation when your subject is set against a brightly lit background. But then again, most lenses exhibit CA in this circumstance. Dave, you really must get one of these. I love my MF lenses :)

The speed attracts I have to say. I adore my Zeiss 135mm but this one has a very different feel to it: earthy as you say. The grapefruits have a very natural sharpness rather than the harshness we too often see. I'm not a great one for collecting but I will keep an eye out for one and pick it up if I can find a minty one cheap.


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Feb 23, 2006 11:22 |  #14

Dave, don't worry, this lens is for using, not for collecting. It is a bit larger and heavier than the CZJ Sonnar. You'll love this lens! Here's another shot using the same lens, I really like its bokeh. Can anyone figure out the bulding behind the subjects?

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Feb 23, 2006 11:39 |  #15

I'll go for ESB... as seen from the Brooklyn side of the east river, about parallel to the 34th St Heli-port... and be shot down in flames to find it's actually either the Chrysler from 8 blocks further north, or ESB from the 'Joisey' side of the Hudson. :-s


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