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surfoxy
surfoxy Contributing Member • Posts: 879
Re: Sayulita Sunset
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Derek Dean wrote:

I'd say your trip is off to a good start with this beautifully captured sunset.

Just a thought, but I wonder if lifting the shadows a bit more for the young lady sitting on the beach would have given the viewer a clearer starting point. Now, If she were standing up, with full backlighting, I could see leaving her more in silhouette, but in this case, I wonder if more shadow detail would be better.

In any case, a wonderful image as it is. Enjoy your trip : )

VisionLight wrote:

A - That's a beautiful capture of the sunset.

B - but, What Derek said. I could have written the same exact words because that was exactly my first impression as well.

C - Still, a beautiful capture. Enjoy your trip.

Good feedback, thanks both of you. Trip actually kind of sucked. Unbearably hot and humid, got sick twice, my wife got sick, my oldest too...ugh. Water was kind of gross with some torrential rains washing...stuff into the ocean, so the surfing wasn't as enjoyable as it could have been. I think we're less Mexico travelers and more Switzerland travelers... We started to have more fun at the end, and had some great zip line adventures and good connections with some people.

Anyway.

For some reason I don't want to push it too far. I thought I liked the silhouette, but y'all are right, it's more connected with the more readable woman. Thanks!

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barnyz Contributing Member • Posts: 671
Re: ***Ghent, a historic city in Belgium***
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Glenn Barber wrote:

I cant describe how impressed I am by your videos.

As a long time photographer who is just discovering how to shoot video with my Sony A1 - am searching for sources of information as to the hows and whys and best practices of videography with my Sony.

Do how have any short videos on how you setup your camera and your post processing?

Glenn

Hi Glenn, thanks for the kind words. I set up my A7iii according to info i got from GeraldUndones youtube channel but that was a video specific for the A7iii (he has not done a similar video for the A1 as far as I recall but its worth watching his A1 review as its video specific so there might be some useful info in there). There were other videos i watched as well but it was such a long time ago i dont recal which ones.

Mark Galer has a small section about basic video setup in one of his videos with his own recommended settings which is probably worth watching if you didnt already do so https://youtu.be/888iqbtcrcw?t=3941

This video also seems to have good info (although its not A1 specific) https://youtu.be/_we3c5e84eU

I follow the usual rules when filming. Shutter speed being double my frame rate and using an ND filter to allow shooting at wider apertures. I have my settings saved to one of the memory recall modes.

As for post processing... i dont do much. I shoot in the cine2 profile which is 8bit and kind of flat and allows a little colour grading. I use Davinci Resolve and generally apply a little contrast and saturation and then try and even out the colours using the colour wheels on the colour tab. I dont use any LUTs or do anything complicated (proper colour grading is a mystery to me). I believe newer Sony cameras have a new colour profile called s-cinetone which i read was great so if i got an A1 i would probably explore using that.

anyway i realise im waffling on now when you probably know most of this stuff already. Sorry i cant be much help, im still very much an amatuer and I dont have an A1 to know what is best for that camera

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Derek Dean
Derek Dean Veteran Member • Posts: 3,273
Re: ***Ghent, a historic city in Belgium***
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A seriously beautiful video, Barny.

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Derek Dean
Derek Dean Veteran Member • Posts: 3,273
Re: Sayulita Sunset
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surfoxy wrote:

Derek Dean wrote:

I'd say your trip is off to a good start with this beautifully captured sunset.

Just a thought, but I wonder if lifting the shadows a bit more for the young lady sitting on the beach would have given the viewer a clearer starting point. Now, If she were standing up, with full backlighting, I could see leaving her more in silhouette, but in this case, I wonder if more shadow detail would be better.

In any case, a wonderful image as it is. Enjoy your trip : )

VisionLight wrote:

A - That's a beautiful capture of the sunset.

B - but, What Derek said. I could have written the same exact words because that was exactly my first impression as well.

C - Still, a beautiful capture. Enjoy your trip.

Good feedback, thanks both of you. Trip actually kind of sucked. Unbearably hot and humid, got sick twice, my wife got sick, my oldest too...ugh. Water was kind of gross with some torrential rains washing...stuff into the ocean, so the surfing wasn't as enjoyable as it could have been. I think we're less Mexico travelers and more Switzerland travelers... We started to have more fun at the end, and had some great zip line adventures and good connections with some people.

Anyway.

For some reason I don't want to push it too far. I thought I liked the silhouette, but y'all are right, it's more connected with the more readable woman. Thanks!

Wow, what a difference that made, and I think you were right in not taking it up too far. Perfect!

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Derek Dean
Derek Dean Veteran Member • Posts: 3,273
Fading Forest Light
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Another shot from last year.  I'm really enjoying going back and processing some shots that I had maybe passed over the first time through.

By the way, I used some funky filters on this, so you might notice a few artifacts here and there, but I think for the most part they helped give me the look I was after.

Comments and suggestions always welcome : )

Fading Forest Light ©2021 Derek Dean

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Guy Roberts Regular Member • Posts: 338
Re: Wildlife

Just looked at your Flickr page. You have some really nice stuff there.

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PPierre Contributing Member • Posts: 583
Some butterflies
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rogerjosem
OP MOD rogerjosem Veteran Member • Posts: 3,611
Re: Some butterflies
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Got used to your excellent work on buildings with water reflections...but this butterflies series is really beautiful. You nailed the colors and contrast in a really nice dreamy look.

Well done Pierre

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paul katinas
paul katinas Contributing Member • Posts: 934
Re: Wildlife

Guy Roberts wrote:

Just looked at your Flickr page. You have some really nice stuff there.

Thank you for the kindly compliment Guy. Happy trails.

Orsonneke
Orsonneke Senior Member • Posts: 1,341
Moonshot
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PPierre Contributing Member • Posts: 583
Re: Some butterflies
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Thank you, Roger, it is always a great pleasure to share pictures here. It reminds me that I actually love photography for pictures, not only gear, and I think you're doing a tremendous job creating a thread where we can all share our passion without talking about gear.

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WhistlerNorth Contributing Member • Posts: 562
Friday Mountain Reflections
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Small tarn reflections

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Glenn Barber Veteran Member • Posts: 3,805
Re: ***Ghent, a historic city in Belgium***
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barnyz wrote:

Glenn Barber wrote:

I cant describe how impressed I am by your videos.

As a long time photographer who is just discovering how to shoot video with my Sony A1 - am searching for sources of information as to the hows and whys and best practices of videography with my Sony.

Do how have any short videos on how you setup your camera and your post processing?

Glenn

Hi Glenn, thanks for the kind words. I set up my A7iii according to info i got from GeraldUndones youtube channel but that was a video specific for the A7iii (he has not done a similar video for the A1 as far as I recall but its worth watching his A1 review as its video specific so there might be some useful info in there). There were other videos i watched as well but it was such a long time ago i dont recal which ones.

Mark Galer has a small section about basic video setup in one of his videos with his own recommended settings which is probably worth watching if you didnt already do so https://youtu.be/888iqbtcrcw?t=3941

This video also seems to have good info (although its not A1 specific) https://youtu.be/_we3c5e84eU

I follow the usual rules when filming. Shutter speed being double my frame rate and using an ND filter to allow shooting at wider apertures. I have my settings saved to one of the memory recall modes.

As for post processing... i dont do much. I shoot in the cine2 profile which is 8bit and kind of flat and allows a little colour grading. I use Davinci Resolve and generally apply a little contrast and saturation and then try and even out the colours using the colour wheels on the colour tab. I dont use any LUTs or do anything complicated (proper colour grading is a mystery to me). I believe newer Sony cameras have a new colour profile called s-cinetone which i read was great so if i got an A1 i would probably explore using that.

anyway i realise im waffling on now when you probably know most of this stuff already. Sorry i cant be much help, im still very much an amatuer and I dont have an A1 to know what is best for that camera

Thank you for taking the time to respond in detail.  Much appreciated.   I've been looking at the Mark Galer video you recommended.  Post processing will be even bigger challenge as there are so many applications out there.  Ive been leaning toward using the C-Cinetone PP11 - but am waiting for feedback from users who video wildlife to see how they feel it handles the bright colors and contracts of those subjects.

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Derek Dean
Derek Dean Veteran Member • Posts: 3,273
Re: Some butterflies
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PPierre wrote:

I've got to agree with Roger, I just love the dreamy quality you've achieved with these, and even when viewed at 100% they are simply stunning.  Well done : )

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TN Args
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Sunset watchers enjoying a panoramic view
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Salmon Hole Bay, Australia

...if you can spot them!

  • 135mm ƒ/5.6 using Tamron 28-200 on 𝜶7R 𝛪𝛪𝛪. Hugin helped!
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rogerjosem
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Re: SHAKE IT OFF
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golfgti2012 wrote:

Great capture

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jorge elguera
jorge elguera Contributing Member • Posts: 572
Re: Sayulita Sunset
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Ahhh Sayulita and Punta Mita are such beautiful places, near Puerto Vallarta. Your sunset photo captured very well the tropical vibe of the area.

Although Sayulita beach is a bit crowded for my idyllic beach dream, it was fun and has some great photo ops, particularly near Playa de Los Muertos where the views are awesome. Zona Romantica also has very nice pebbled roads and buildings.

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Handiworks
Handiworks Contributing Member • Posts: 835
A7iv, First Shots.
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Nothing fancy, just a couple SOOC Jpegs testing the colors on my new A7iv.
(Tamron 20mm & 28-200)

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Heuristix Forum Member • Posts: 54
Whitewater rafters framed by the New River Gorge bridge
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Whitewater rafters framed by the New River Gorge bridge

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Lichtspiel
Lichtspiel Veteran Member • Posts: 3,449
Re: SHAKE IT OFF
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rogerjosem wrote:

golfgti2012 wrote:

Great capture

Would have been a real mind-boggler if you had posted this upside down!

Very nice shot indeed, luv terns!

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