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

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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CBuckeye Forum Member • Posts: 62
I prefer the color version...

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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wsu1 Regular Member • Posts: 364
Re: Pentax K5 + Da* 16-50 Popcorn & Cotton Candy

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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brecklundin Senior Member • Posts: 1,995
Nice work Jim

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.

brandrx Forum Pro • Posts: 28,337
Color version for me. (nt)
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math guy Senior Member • Posts: 2,442
me too

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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bestzoom Regular Member • Posts: 124
Re: beautiful capture

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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Jim Radcliffe OP Forum Pro • Posts: 11,509
Thanks for the input...

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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Don Karner Senior Member • Posts: 1,087
Re: Pentax K5 + Da* 16-50 Popcorn & Cotton Candy

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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Gerry Winterbourne Forum Pro • Posts: 11,575
Colour version (just)

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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cyanhue Forum Member • Posts: 87
Re: Pentax K5 + Da* 16-50 Popcorn & Cotton Candy

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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eagle2a Senior Member • Posts: 1,894
Re: Pentax K5 + Da* 16-50 Popcorn & Cotton Candy

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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seachongo Regular Member • Posts: 251
Re: Pentax K5 + Da* 16-50 Popcorn & Cotton Candy

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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GeneralLee Contributing Member • Posts: 653
Re: Pentax K5 + Da* 16-50 Popcorn & Cotton Candy

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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greg57 Contributing Member • Posts: 520
Colour...
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paulf6 Contributing Member • Posts: 505
Re: Pentax K5 + Da* 16-50 Popcorn & Cotton Candy

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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DrugaRunda Senior Member • Posts: 2,741
Re: Pentax K5 + Da* 16-50 Popcorn & Cotton Candy

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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Simon Holzman Forum Member • Posts: 56
Why pick just one ?

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 !

Jim Radcliffe
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Re: Why pick just one ?

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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