Pentax K5 + Da* 16-50 Popcorn & Cotton Candy

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Jim Radcliffe
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Pentax K5 + Da* 16-50 Popcorn & Cotton Candy
Sep 13, 2011

One of the local churches conducts a fund raiser every year in September by bringing in a small carnival with rides and games for the community. I took the K5 and DA* 16-50 with me and walked around looking for something to shoot.. came away with only this one shot.. it was just too crowded.. but if I get one keeper, I'm happy.

I wondered which would serve it best, color or B&W. Thought I would share both with you.

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I prefer the color version...
In reply to Jim Radcliffe, Sep 13, 2011

I like the bright signs and the pink of the cotton candy...I think the colors help draw me in to the carnival setting more than the B&W image does.
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In reply to Jim Radcliffe, Sep 13, 2011

The color version looks best to me, but both are nice. Glad to see you got your K5 back from repair.
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Nice work Jim
In reply to Jim Radcliffe, Sep 13, 2011

I wanted to favor the B&W after my first look but as I compared the B&W is missing something and I can't explain what. I think it has something to d with the people in the foreground and how they are lighted and maybe something about the sky & clouds at the same time.

I do really like the color shot. I have a thing for neon glow carnival lighting. Just love those bright colors and the sensation I get from simply seeing a carnival setting.

I know what you mean about a carnival event where there are just too many people. I shoot our towns annual Flower Festival every year though I missed the past two. And when it gets too crowded it's pretty much no fun to shoot.

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Color version for me. (nt)
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In reply to CBuckeye, Sep 13, 2011

This was pretty much my thought exactly.

CBuckeye wrote:

I like the bright signs and the pink of the cotton candy...I think the colors help draw me in to the carnival setting more than the B&W image does.
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Re: beautiful capture
In reply to math guy, Sep 13, 2011

Love it... especially the colour version...

Beautiful..

Thanks for sharing.

By the way, what was the iso?

Enjoy photography!

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Re: Color version for me. ....and me (nt)
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Thanks for the input...
In reply to Jim Radcliffe, Sep 13, 2011

thanks for the input on the two photos.. I prefer the color over the B&W just because the atmosphere is more inviting to me.
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While I enjoy the color version, for me the B&W version is so well done, and so full of atmosphere and even drama, I prefer it.
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In reply to Jim Radcliffe, Sep 13, 2011

I know you didn't ask, Jim, but trying to choose the better of these two versions was quite tricky. I love B&W and your B&W version has great power - I keep thinking I ought to prefer it. But in the end the colour palette keeps pulling me back, so I side with the majority.

I empathise with your crowd problem: I did get more than one shot on this occasions but seeing a gap for these kids was a stroke of luck. K-5, FA50/1.4 @ f/4, 0.7s and trailing curtain flash, ISO800.

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In reply to Jim Radcliffe, Sep 14, 2011

definitely the color version. The black and white looses most of the charm of the original.

It is a good image .I think the image might be improved by from leveling the horizon.

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In reply to Jim Radcliffe, Sep 14, 2011

Jim: Since I spent so much time, in the years of long ago, shooting B&W because that was all I could afford in my darkroom, I have a fondness to this day for color. Good shot.

By the way, thanks for your posts regarding the K5 mirror slap. Good work!

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In reply to Jim Radcliffe, Sep 15, 2011

Great photo, almost Norman Rockwell like in your capture of a small town carnival. I can literally smell the popcorn and cotton candy when I look at this picture. The color photo anyway. The B&W, while technically good, doesn't give me the emotional impact I get from the color version. Very nice job on the WB, also. I would imagine that's tough to nail here. Makes me want to go find a carnival/county fair this weekend...thanks for the inspiration!

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In reply to Jim Radcliffe, Sep 15, 2011

I for one can't make up my mind. While both versions are great and have a quite different feel to them, I'm not sure which I like more. I guess it just depends on the mood I'm in...

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I like the color one best. The color coupled with the lighting gives the pic a three-dimensional appearance, that makes me feel like I can step into the picture. -Paul

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In reply to Jim Radcliffe, Sep 15, 2011

great shot... missed it first time around...

to me color is better as well, the contrast between the white sign, blue sky and red/pink below is what makes the image stand out.

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In reply to Jim Radcliffe, Sep 16, 2011

Take the color for the booth, with the B&W sky as it is and pump up the contrast a touch on the B&W foreground to provide a little more pop.

I love the carnival atmosphere that the color provides, but the moodiness of the sky works slightly better in B&W for me, while the crowd is pretty monochromatic anyway and is a little too grey for my tastes so a little extra contrast would wake it up nicely.

Reminds me of my youth playing around with Ilford Multigrade... but much cheaper these days !

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Simon Holzman wrote:

Take the color for the booth, with the B&W sky as it is and pump up the contrast a touch on the B&W foreground to provide a little more pop.

I love the carnival atmosphere that the color provides, but the moodiness of the sky works slightly better in B&W for me, while the crowd is pretty monochromatic anyway and is a little too grey for my tastes so a little extra contrast would wake it up nicely.

Noted.. I may redo it with a bit more contrast.

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