W/NW: Belated Holiday Photos

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by r s, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. r s

    r s

    Sometimes using film means that the turn-around is less than lightning fast - in my case I had these two rolls of Delta 3200 on my shelf for a few weeks before they got developed...

    Tech: Leica M3, Summicron 50/2, Delta 3200

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    # 2

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    # 4
  2. Rich
    I especially like nos 1 and 3 - the high contrast really sets the mood.
    I have been following your images posted on DeviantART - nice stuff.
  3. Rich - I really like these. Very nice work indeed. Could you tell us a little bit about them - the
    subject, the light, the place?
  4. Rich!

    I really really like these photos, #1 the most. Would you share some of the details re speed / aperture or what you did in PS.
  5. r s

    r s

    Simon, thanks.

    Neil, these photos were all taken during the Castro Halloween party here in San Francisco. There were thousands of people dressed up. About 10-15 minutes after taking these photos there was unfortunately a shooting and nine people got shot and injured (no casualties unfortunately) about a block away from where we were.
    The Castro Halloween street party is a tradition in the city but has in the past few years been plagued with stabbings and shootings. This year was my first - and I think, unfortunately, my last.
    The light is all available street light

    Maik, the photos were all shot with Delta 3200 film. As I scanned them I promised myself that I would never use that film again...not being used to using film faster than 400 (occasionally 1600) there was SO much grain in the scanned images and post processing them without blowing all highlights was a pain. Then again - getting grainy shots is sometimes better than getting no shots.
    They were all shot wide open (which in my case was f2) and in PS I did the normal contrast, brightness, etc stuff - but for these images I also applied some grain reduction with NeatImage. I found that by going a bit 'overboard' with the contrast and then applying a healthy dose of grain reduction I got a look that was closer to what I liked.
  6. "..nine people got shot and injured (no casualties unfortunately.)"

    "Unfortunately"? I'm sure you made a typo. At least I hope so... Other than that, very good film noir type photos.
  7. r s

    r s

    Oops..yes, a typo of course. Should read "no casualties - FORTUNATELY)".
    Thanks for catching it.

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