Pianos

Discussion in 'Landscape and Architecture' started by Darren Bradley, May 13, 2012.

  1. Darren Bradley

    Darren Bradley Active Member

    On my way home tonight, I stopped again along our local high street to grab a quick photo of a building I like there.

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    Shutter: 4 seconds
    Aperture f/10.0
    Focal Length 17 mm (Canon 17mm TS-E f4.0L)
    ISO Speed 100
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2012
  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Very good. I like how the inner light emanates out, and the shape of the roof is not unlike a piano lid. I like the angle you've taken.
     
  3. Darren Turner

    Darren Turner XProPhotographer

    WOW that awesome Shot Darren, Have some awesome looking builiidng in your neck of the woods.

    Strange name for a shop though.........wonder what they sell ;)
     
  4. Davie Hudson

    Davie Hudson Well-Known Member

    That's astonishing both for the picture and the building
     
  5. Darren. You do good work.
     
  6. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    First I heard of a high street SD area, Darren.;) Regardless,...great shot as usual. Wonder if you'd mind providing details such as lens, camera and exposure values?
     
  7. Chris Dodkin

    Chris Dodkin West Coast Correspondent

    Loving it Darren - the building looks almost... piano shaped! :D
     
  8. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    I thought piano shape building too! I guess that was on purpose?
    I was chatting with the chap in the local camera shop about my desire to get a tilt shift lens ... Obviously I'm borrowing Petes 45mm at the mo, and I did think I could just get one of those when I have to give it back...
    But I'd miss out on being able to get these wide shots and corresponding effect...
    Why do they have to be so damn expensive?!?
     
  9. Lesley Jones

    Lesley Jones Otherwise know as Zooey

  10. Dan Cattermole

    Dan Cattermole Dan Down - The Steampunk Womble

    Amazing Darren, Some lens that tilty be! :)
     
  11. Dave Green

    Dave Green Well-Known Member

    Nice shot that :)
     
  12. Darren Bradley

    Darren Bradley Active Member

    Thanks, everyone! There's a limitless supply of interesting buildings to shoot around here. Actually, I tend to find interesting stuff everywhere :)

    I really should stop trying to work on photos when I'm half asleep, however. I posted this photo before I'd finished. I zoned out and completely forgot to pull the detail from the sky back. It was completely underexposed (and therefore black) when I exposed correctly for the building. So I needed to add a grad filter to bring some definition back into the sky. Take another look at the photo I posted above and you'll see the updated version now.

    I was translating for the majority of the viewing audience :p And besides, there's no real equivalent term in American English, I don't think. "Main Street" doesn't quite mean the same thing, I don't think.

    Anyway, I've added the exposure information and other details you asked for to the bottom of the photo now.
     
  13. Darren Bradley

    Darren Bradley Active Member

    Yes, I have two tilt-shift lenses - the Canon 17mm and the 24mm (version 2). I know you're a Nikonian and I can't comment on those because I've never used them. But I can say that if you do use the Canon lenses (I believe they work on Nikons with an adapter), the new version of the 24mm is MUCH, MUCH better than the old one. The 17mm is also excellent, but perhaps a bit less versatile than the 24... In any case, the wides are really essential for architecture and landscapes, but are fairly useless for portraits or product photography, as you probably know. So hard to really compare with the 45mm...

    And also yes, they are expensive... but they are what I use for probably 80% of what I shoot so they are essential and I'm certainly getting my money's worth :)
     
  14. Chris Dodkin

    Chris Dodkin West Coast Correspondent

    Now that sky's looking wonderful Darren :)
     
  15. Darren Bradley

    Darren Bradley Active Member

    Thanks, Chris! I hate when I forget to do something to an image before posting!

    I didn't think about the piano angle before, but you guys are right that the building does look a bit like one.
     
  16. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    It's the other way round Darren, you can adapt Nikon to canon and retain infinity focusing but not the other way around unless you use a corrective element in the mount ... Which is a no-no in my books
    Nikon to canon, you can even adapt 'g' lenses Nikon G - Canon EOS Adapter

    Anyway, my problem is always the same... Because I don't specialise there is a bit to much kit it would be nice to have...
    All three pce lenses would be best ;)

    Did you see my first go with the 45 for architecture
    http://www.realphotographersforum.c...re/5307-county-house-taken-45mm-pce-lens.html

    Not perfect, but I really enjoyed doing it! I'm going to pop out this Thursday evening with the lens and camera and see what I can get I think!
     
  17. Darren Bradley

    Darren Bradley Active Member

    Just left a comment on that. Thanks for the heads up and looking forward to seeing what you do!
     
  18. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks for adding the exposure info, Darren. I like it better with the sky in it. Your explanation about bringing the sky back makes me realize how little I know about digital photography. I'm guessing that is probably made possible by shooting RAW?
     
  19. Darren Bradley

    Darren Bradley Active Member

    Yes, the RAW file contains much more information about the image than a jpeg would. So you can usually find details in the shadows or night sky. In film terms, it's essentially the same as burning and dodging in a darkroom. If you just shoot jpg, you're just keeping the prints and throwing away the negatives.
     
  20. Peter McCullough

    Peter McCullough Well-Known Member

    Yip superb image, excellent photo. Was it shot hand-held or tripod etc..?
     

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