Prague with the Panasonic GX1 + PanaLeica 25mm 1.4

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TomJI
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Prague with the Panasonic GX1 + PanaLeica 25mm 1.4
Aug 31, 2012

Hi everyone,

Thought I'd make my first post on here after reading the forums for some time to get advice on kit, etc.

Here are a few images from Prague taken on a recent trip using my GX1 + PanaLeica 25mm 1.4. I also took my 14mm along with some legacy glass but the latter was hardly used at all and the 14mm only found its way onto the camera for a few wider shots. I really enjoy the 25mm FoV, along with its optics of course.

I was hoping for some C&C. A few of the images (3, 4, 5, 6 & 7) have been HDR'd because I couldn't get the full tonal range out of the scene with the kit I had. I'm not really a fan of OTT HDRs, but I do enjoy using it on occasions like this where it lets me bring out the full image that I saw with my eyes.

Full series is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/66588340@N02/sets/72157631307287000/

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Excellent! Love em.

I'm so bummed. When I was in Prague (in 2003), my wife and I had a wonderful trip, but I was not yet into photography at all (that really started in earnest in 2004), and so my pictures from that trip essentially stink.

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Good location and good images.

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Here are a few images from Prague taken on a recent trip using my GX1 + PanaLeica 25mm 1.4. I also took my 14mm along with some legacy glass but the latter was hardly used at all and the 14mm only found its way onto the camera for a few wider shots. I really enjoy the 25mm FoV, along with its optics of course.

Hi tom I was interested in your shots since I have that lens and have also been using it for some HDR (like you only when the dynamic range of the camera gets exceeded)...

I was hoping for some C&C. A few of the images (3, 4, 5, 6 & 7) have been HDR'd because I couldn't get the full tonal range out of the scene with the kit I had. I'm not really a fan of OTT HDRs, but I do enjoy using it on occasions like this where it lets me bring out the full image that I saw with my eyes.

I like the HDRs - I dont think you have overdone them, they are probably about right - until we get u43 cameras with massive dynamic range it has to be part of our toolkit - otherwise we will just wont cope with really contrasty scenes. I particularly like the river scene with the rays of sun shining through...

What HDR program did you use ? How many brackets to the HDR shots ?

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In reply to TomJI, Sep 1, 2012

Sorry, OP

What does OTT HDR mean?

Tried google but found nothing relating that term to photography.

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In reply to Jman13, Sep 1, 2012

Thanks!

Sorry to hear that, though it sounds like a pretty good excuse to return. If you haven't been to Karlovy Vary (easily doable as a day trip out of Prague), Vienna, Bratislava there's a pretty reasonable multi-location trip possible in a fairly short time span there.

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Thanks Aleo, I'm glad that you like them

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Hi Len, sorry its not actually a photography term per se. OTT=Over the top. By OTT HDR I was just referring to the ultra vibrant, unrealistic images that sometimes are created (which I'm sure have a place, just not something I like for the kind of shots these were).

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Sorry, OP

What does OTT HDR mean?

Tried google but found nothing relating that term to photography.

Regards.

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Thanks zenit_b! That's my favourite too! I edited the RAWs in Lightroom and exported to jpeg (or maybe tiff) to HDR in Photomatix. I'm still experimenting with the program really but each time I find a combination of settings I like I tend to save it as a preset and they become really useful.

Brackets: Sadly I can't remember exactly but they'll all have been either 5 or 7 shots at 1 stop increments. The GX1 handles bracketing so easily.

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Hi tom I was interested in your shots since I have that lens and have also been using it for some HDR (like you only when the dynamic range of the camera gets exceeded)...

I like the HDRs - I dont think you have overdone them, they are probably about right - until we get u43 cameras with massive dynamic range it has to be part of our toolkit - otherwise we will just wont cope with really contrasty scenes. I particularly like the river scene with the rays of sun shining through...

What HDR program did you use ? How many brackets to the HDR shots ?

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Great shots, well captured

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Hi Tom: Very nice photography! The OTT HDR was not OTT - to me seemed just right the touch. Prague5 and Prague6 are my favorites - the first for the capture of that sunlight bathing the river/city scene - VERY nice. The second was a nicely framed city scene.

I'm not in love with Prague1 - the slightly out of focus foreground was distracting to me - but I did like the portion of the picture deep in the perspective where the colors and light came alive.

Thanks for posting, makes me want to visit Prague!
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TomJI wrote:

Thanks Aleo, I'm glad that you like them

Indeed I liked, you have done a good job, and liked the colors.

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In reply to TomJI, Sep 1, 2012

Thanks Tom,

BTW, I'm in the minority who really likes most OTT HDR.

I enjoyed looking at your pics here. Is it fairly easy to shoot HDR with the GX1?

I ask because I recently bought the GX1 and added the same PanLeica 25 f/1.4. Still learning though and have not tried HDR.

What HDR software do you use?

How many shoots per HDR? Spacing?

Did you use a tripod for these HDR?

Kind regards.

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Hi Len, sorry its not actually a photography term per se. OTT=Over the top. By OTT HDR I was just referring to the ultra vibrant, unrealistic images that sometimes are created (which I'm sure have a place, just not something I like for the kind of shots these were).

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Sorry, OP

What does OTT HDR mean?

Tried google but found nothing relating that term to photography.

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In reply to Len_Gee, Sep 1, 2012

Thanks! It's incredibly easy with the GX1 really (as it was with the GF1 I owned before). All of these were on auto-bracket, which is easily accessible by the down arrow on the 4-way controller, and were handheld. I've just purchased a reasonable tripod that just about fits in my messenger-type bag so I'm looking forward to using that in future, though it wouldn't have been convenient for most of these HDRs really.

The software I'm using is Photomatix, which I would definitely recommend. You may like the presets more than I do, but you can get a lot of control out of the process. Of course, that also means its a bit harder to learn it, which I'm still doing, but I like playing around with the sliders and developing to my own taste. Some day maybe I'll try and learn about what effect they're actually having so I can be a bit more accurate in my processing but experimenting is fun for now.

Oh and my spacing was 1 stop increments. I usually shoot either a 5 shot bracket or a 7 shot bracket. Occasionally if the scene has too much movement or I'm time limited I;ll do a 3-shot set. Though the image above with the cathedral in the background, and the people moving down a street in the foreground was a 5 or 7 shot set. Selective ghosting in the software works a charm, though sometimes I find that I have to cancel the process and redo it just to tidy things up (perhaps more user error than anything)!

Len_Gee wrote:

Thanks Tom,

BTW, I'm in the minority who really likes most OTT HDR.

I enjoyed looking at your pics here. Is it fairly easy to shoot HDR with the GX1?

I ask because I recently bought the GX1 and added the same PanLeica 25 f/1.4. Still learning though and have not tried HDR.

What HDR software do you use?

How many shoots per HDR? Spacing?

Did you use a tripod for these HDR?

Kind regards.

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In reply to TomJI, Sep 1, 2012

Hi,

Loved your photos, thanks for sharIng them. I loved the tones and subtitle shades of photo 1 but the slightly out of focus foreground detracted a bit. Still a nice shot, but f 5.6 or so might have made it better. But perhaps what you got is exactly what wanted

I really l liked the NOT OOT HDRs. Beautiful. But in 8 the top of the spire seems a bit out of focus, too (perhaps that is an artifact of dpreviews renderings).

I am interested in trying HDR so your shots are an inspiration. I may upgrade from my G3 to a G5 which has a built in HDR function but of course I don't know how well Panasonic will do that.

Cheers,

Tom

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Very nice series. Especially enjoyed the mural painter and the shots with "sunset skies". Thanks for sharing.

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Oh yeah Tom!

Superb.

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Nice pictures! Thanks for sharing. #5 and #7 are my favorites.

If you're looking for some critics: A little more DOF on some of the pictures perhaps? For example, the first picture was shot at base ISO, 1/1600s and F2. In other words, it seems like it was enough light to use F5.6 without worrying about shake. The same goes for #4, #5, #6 and #7.

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Well done!

HDR is applied very tastefully IMO - maybe except No 7 where it is a little conspicuous.

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In reply to drtmw, Sep 1, 2012

Thanks Tom, I'm glad that you enjoyed them.

And thank you for the critique, yes looking back it at I should certainly have increased to f5.6 or so. So far I've tended to keep the camera in P mode and adjust from there (or S mode if I'm doing stabilised night shots), but I've come to realise that I need to go with A mode and take proper control of my DoF.

I wasn't aware of the HDR function in the G5. Sounds like something worth trying really, though I do enjoy the control of doing it myself and after setting up a few presets for how I like my HDRs to work its not really too much work to process them. Though, in-camera HDR is always going to be more helpful if you'd like to see the results quicker (for example, if you're transferring straight onto an iPad to view the images)

Best wishes,
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Hi,

Loved your photos, thanks for sharIng them. I loved the tones and subtitle shades of photo 1 but the slightly out of focus foreground detracted a bit. Still a nice shot, but f 5.6 or so might have made it better. But perhaps what you got is exactly what wanted

I really l liked the NOT OOT HDRs. Beautiful. But in 8 the top of the spire seems a bit out of focus, too (perhaps that is an artifact of dpreviews renderings).

I am interested in trying HDR so your shots are an inspiration. I may upgrade from my G3 to a G5 which has a built in HDR function but of course I don't know how well Panasonic will do that.

Cheers,

Tom

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