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Ljubljana marathon

Just an interesting face that “ran into me” during my testing of Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS. I wouldn’t even bother shooting such an event otherwise (although it was pretty interesting at the end).

Even Sigma can get the job done

And locks the focus where you want it. Prepping the model for this session.

Kidding aside, I had problems with 50 1.4 (it had back focus from about 1.2m on), but everything was fixed with the new version of FW and now it focuses spot on. Not to mention pleasant bokeh, good sharpness wide open (which I mostly use for non-commercial shots), it’s just so much better than the 2 copies of Canon 50 1.4 that I’ve tried.

My cat

Yes, my cat 😀

Without a worry in the world. I’m really trying to emulate his attitude 🙂

He’s using my photo gear to chillax on a daily basis

He’s never warm enough during the winter

Stowaway. Could you spot him? For once his black fur works as a camouflage (and during the night it also does an excellent job)

Oly EP-2 ART filters

Top shit!

Grainy BW:

Pin Hole:

Pin Hole and added contrast:

You’re going to be able to read all bout the camera in the full review, that’s going to be posted on slo-foto next week.

Sigma 10-20 f3.5 extra shots

Some of you may have read the Sigma 10-20 f3.5 review that I wrote and was published on slo-foto.net . What you couldn’t have seen is these extra photos that I’ve made with it a few weeks before I went to Barcelona to test it (not really to test it, this sounds more than just a bit weird, but I did also test it while exploring this exciting city). So here’s some eye pleasing shots that I’m posting for those few readers that still follow my blog (I know it’s totally my fault for loosing readers due to my neglection of blog).

A few of lens flare resistance test shots :P. I had so much focusing problems during this carwash that I wanted to slam the lens to the ground. I missed so many great moments, girls were really posing to me a few times. And I really don’t know why since it never happened before that nor after that. Focusing was actually pretty fast and accurate at all times and in all lighting conditions. I guess this lens can have big problems focusing against harsh backlight. Though the contrast at given AF point could have never been that low to cause so many problems. It seemed, at times, like I was trying to focus on a completely white wall.

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I really don’t know how I could have miscomposed and cut a part of such a perfectly round ass (well probably just because of that and lack of professionalism 😀 ). Such a shame!

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My first real attempt of panning. Not a great one, but I kind of like it.

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Something a bit different (from me)

Please ENLARGE, because the thumbnail is really pale and lifeless .

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Stendap

Well this was fun! Valič hired me to make a coverage of the show. Photographically I couldn’t do wonders since I couldn’t move around like on concerts and some other events, where you can move around the stage and try various angles etc. My position was static, I took all the shots from the same seat. But on the other hand it was much more comfortable and I could really relax, seat back and enjoy the show. Me and Vid (Valič) go way back, but he still cracks me up, I almost laughed my ass off a few times. I really recommend their show for everyone who likes (stand up) comedy and especially to those that aren’t familiar with it. There were also other comedians, but I’m going to post just Vid’s photos, since his gesturing and mimics were by far the best, as was his performance overall (though I liked the others as well, especially Ivan Šarič).

EDIT: I wondered why noone commented. I bunch-posted the photos with the new WP feature called gallery. And every photo had a comment section of its own…I’ve reposted the photos the old fashioned way, but now you cant enlarge them. Well it’ll have to do until I figure it out.

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These two really remind me of Alan Ford 😀 .

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Canon 5D – 1490 EUR

This is a one time offer and only 2 units are available. Slovenian warranty, you can pick it up in a store in Ljubljana after you send me an email with your personal info (name, gsm) and your order. 

So get yourself a legend for (by far) the lowest price in Europe 😉 .

Problems with CS3 profile (Mac)

I mentioned inconsistency between CS3 and other profiles in the last post. In the comment section there’s also a dialog between me and Matjaž regarding the matter. To keep it short: There should be no differences in color, saturation,contrast etc when viewed in CS3 or in a web browser. Below you can see the difference. There is a noticeable difference between CS3 and firefox/safari pic (left CS3, right firefox) contrast level and especially colors.

 

Any help, solution of the problem would be appreciated!

Dilyara

Ok, time for a change. Not in my style of photography.  Just when it comes to my model. Yes, she looks similar to the other models I’ve had sessions with. Some may say she’s just another in the line of gorgeous brunettes. She is, but what sets her apart from the rest is that she’s Russian. So if I can’t work abroad, I can at least work with foreign models, right? 😉

So we went in Tivoli to make a “fall styled” session. There were 3 parts of the session. The warm up part in the shade, with soft lighting. This part is always necessary with debuting models. Then we moved to the sunny part of the park, to make some “gegenlicht” shots. It was a bit tricky, because of the big 120 cm reflector that I used. It just isn’t nearly firm enough to hold it with one arm (and shoot with the other). The photo below is from the third part. It’s the only part I was able to make a few good shots. In the first two we had a lot of hair problems. Because every time she tilted her had in any way but backwards her hair partly covered her eyes. And that really interfered with the workflow; you make one shot (sometimes we managed to make a few), tell her to make a slight adjustment to her posture or head position and BANG, hair over her eye(s). With interruptions like that, it’s impossible to make a good photo. As most of you know, the interaction between the model and photographer must be good, relaxed. And you gradually make better and better photos with each tiny alteration, change of mimic, posture etc. So we did manage to skip all but the backward head tilts and made this shot.

EDIT: The photo looks a bit more contrast and desaturated when viewed in internet browsers. I guess my adobe profile isn’t calibrated…I’ll resolve that before my next post (that gives me a lot of time to 😀 ) .

 

It was a great experience. I faced an obstacle like that for the first time (and I’ve shot a lot of models). I guess it’s a first time for everything. I’m glad we overcame it. I think one gains experience with overcoming problems and/or challenges.