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Chris Barrett

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Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« on: April 12, 2015, 06:03:35 pm »

These days I'm mostly shooting on a Sony A7r.  I also work with a Phase One IQ 260, RED Epic, Black Magic Pocket Cine Camera and just for fun a 'Blad 501CM, Leica CL & Chamonix 4x10.  I'm not married to any format or medium and just want a place people can share work without worrying about what goes where.

This is a job that came out of post production about 5 minutes ago.  All shot on the A7r with either Canon Tilt Shifts or using the Arca M2 and MF glass.  As always, I'm happy to answer any technical questions...

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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2015, 06:19:45 pm »

These days I'm mostly shooting on a Sony A7r.  I also work with a Phase One IQ 260, RED Epic, Black Magic Pocket Cine Camera and just for fun a 'Blad 501CM, Leica CL & Chamonix 4x10.  I'm not married to any format or medium and just want a place people can share work without worrying about what goes where.

This is a job that came out of post production about 5 minutes ago.  All shot on the A7r with either Canon Tilt Shifts or using the Arca M2 and MF glass.  As always, I'm happy to answer any technical questions...

CB











Really nice!

What ISO are you working at with the A7r? 

Also, I know that this is a subject touched on in the past, in the second image the board room is skewed blue by what I assume to be sunlight (although I do notice the plexi is somewhat blue/green in design).  I like this look, but find that with many of my clients, they just do not except it.  How do you explain this to clients so that they not only except it but also respect your vision? 
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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2015, 06:24:09 pm »

Actually in both of the first two.  That's the actual color of that glass wall, not daylight contamination, so the architects will be quite happy with that color.  Hmm, maybe I should have retouched it to match in the conference room shot.  I usually stick to 100 on the A7r.  I don't ever find myself needing more speed.  The D1's have plenty punch at that ISO and we often find ourselves dialing them down.  I reckon I ought to test out it's other ISO's tho!
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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2015, 11:54:47 am »

While not my type of photography, the images are very nice!
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2015, 12:18:47 pm »

Beautiful shots, nice compositions.

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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2015, 01:17:17 pm »

Keith, I would love this exact thread in the main forum headings, so we can all get straight at Pro work without all the format war nonsense.

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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2015, 04:41:50 pm »

I'm not married to any format or medium and just want a place people can share work without worrying about what goes where.

CB


Tools to get the job done.  A good mental approach I think.
Thanks for sharing Chris.  Elegant and simple compositions that are engaging to look at - as always.

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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2015, 05:33:56 pm »

Hi,

Lovely images, and thanks for starting a thread about professional works.

Best regards
Erik

Keith, I would love this exact thread in the main forum headings, so we can all get straight at Pro work without all the format war nonsense.
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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2015, 11:37:30 pm »

My positive vote for these ideas!
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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2015, 04:26:35 am »

Brilliantly executed.

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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2015, 08:03:45 am »

Yep, this is a good idea. And, as usual, great work Chris.

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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2015, 12:33:13 pm »

Hey Chris, great work as usual.

I have a technical question:

When using HDR to create an interior, is there a technique that allows you to show a blurred person in the image?
My clients ask me to have blurred folks in my interior images from time to time, and when using flash I try to place that person in an area that is lit
with ambient, but sometimes I elect to use HDR and no flash, and am unsure of how to create the blurred person effect in those situations.
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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2015, 12:38:15 pm »

... how to create the blurred person effect...

Longish shutter speed? Something between 1/4 and 1/30, depending on distance and speed.

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Peru Mall 1
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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2015, 12:45:58 pm »

Thanks for your response. I find that when shooting HDR, I'll have one exposure that has the correct amount of blurring, while the other images will have too much or too little.
Of course, when you put them together using Photomatix or HDR Effex Pro 2, then you get some really interesting results when there is a moving person in the original photos.
Interesting, but not useable.
Your images look good however. Were they HDR?
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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2015, 01:28:52 pm »

... Your images look good however. Were they HDR?

Yes. When using Photoshop HDR (for transfer to LR as 32-bit), there is an option to use just one image (of three or more) for ghost control. You still use all three or more for 32-bit purposes.

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« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2015, 02:10:30 pm »

Jens,  here's my typical process:

First I set up and light the shot and shoot it with no people.
Then we figure out where we'd want people, place them (light them if necessary) and shoot the additional exposures.

Blurring: Sometimes it's easy to get a great blur, other times it just doesn't seem to work.  If you're using strobe, and that's falling on the person you're trying to blur, then you get this staccato blur that I think sucks.  Also, if the person is moving in front of a bright window, then the window will blow right through them... and that sucks.  So, if I have strobe on them, or a bright window background, I have them remain still and I blur them in post with motion blur.  This allows a huge degree of control.

In retouching, I complete all the work (including HDR blending) on the images with no people.  I never use an HDR output straight from Photomatix as my final file, because I've never seen an acceptable output from the program.  I always composite the HDR output into my base N exposure file and just blend in the blow out areas.  This gives me a more realistic looking tonal range and allows for easier compositing of people, still or moving.

So, the short of it is... I keep people out of my HDR input files and just drop them in manually later.

CB
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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2015, 09:07:18 pm »

Nice Thread!

I'll add.

A recent interior, a small Motorhome based on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis shot inside a dirty factory.

Inferior equipment, Alien Bees, Canon 6d, Sigma 12-24....



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Re: Recent Format Agnostic Professional Works
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2015, 09:53:38 pm »

Nice Thread!

I'll add.

A recent interior, a small Motorhome based on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis shot inside a dirty factory.

Inferior equipment, Alien Bees, Canon 6d, Sigma 12-24....





Nice lighting coming the window, btw the Sigma 12-24 is a nice lens.

So how long did you take you to get this thing to Tuscany and find that perfect hilltop vineyard?  ;)
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« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2015, 11:07:45 pm »

Nice lighting coming the window, btw the Sigma 12-24 is a nice lens.

So how long did you take you to get this thing to Tuscany and find that perfect hilltop vineyard?  ;)

That Sigma is my most used lens.  It's quite sharp and the corners are good if carefully focused and stopped down to f11.  I am considering the new 11-24 to replace it.

Tuscany...why just a flick and a click and you are there.
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« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2015, 01:06:20 am »

Here's a couple of photographs that follow Chris' work flow almost to the tee.

All are educational buildings and busy.
When trying to show the Architecture of hallways, I would set up prior to recess or lunch, shoot my base photograph empty then when class was out work with the students as needed in specific locations - make it as quick as possible as they'd been concentrating hard prior and needed a mental break.

It adds work in post, but by mixing with equivalent exposures and or using lights I find it allows for enough control.
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