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Subject:Photography and photoshop
Time:12:00 am
I spent yesterday evening at a rope bondage photo shoot. A friend of mine does a rope bondage nightclub-style show from time to time, and he does dress rehearsals as photographer previews-- a handful of photographers come in and shoot away while he runs through the show. It's fun (though expensive) as a photographer, and it essentially lets him do dress rehearsal as a paid gig. Win-win.

The lighting was abysmal, but the 5D and a monstrously image-stabilized lens let me make lemonade out of the situation without resorting to flash. That's a good thing, because I don't really like the look of flash with this particular style of photo, and even if I did I'd left the flash at home. I had some experience doing this from the previous shot, and luckily I like these sorts of photos dark and shadowy-- I think it adds to the mood.

This entirely NSFW picture is my favorite from the shoot so far, though I'm nowhere near done sorthing through the 600+ shots I took last night. That's eight gigabytes of raw photos... yeow! If you're on my friends list on Flickr you can see more of them-- they'll probably look like TV static until you click on one and then tell Flickr you're cool with pictures of nekkid gurlz being tied up.

Photoshop and I are starting to get along moderately well these days; while I'm certainly no expert, I'm starting to find myself going straight to the tool I want for a particular task and getting it right the first time. It's progress. I actually shot quite a few photos with the specific intention of correcting bits of them in post-processing.

Last night after the show a few of us were flipping through the camera's LCD and comparing shots, and someone said to me, "But you're a real photographer." I protested. For as much time as I spend with a camera in my hand, I don't think of myself as a photographer. I take pictures, and occasionally they don't completely suck. 99% do suck, often deeply and profoundly. I'm comfortable (and often happier) letting the camera know who's boss by turning off all of the automatic stuff and operating in fully manual mode.

And yet, I don't really think of myself as a photographer. To me, that word implies a degree of competency and artistry that I don't think I have. If you sent me out on a particualr photo shoot, I'd probably fail miserably. I'm not competent, and I'm far from predictable. However, when I look at pictures like the one above and this one, I let myself believe that I might get there someday.

n.b. I'm not fishing for compliments here. Really. I'm just musing about where my head is right now.

Oh! While I was typing this, Mike sent out another ad for Rope::Burn. He used my photos! Link is NSFW, just like the others.
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wordweaverlynn
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Time:2007-07-28 07:35 am (UTC)
Gorgeous.

Do you have signed, dated model releases? A legible copy of her ID? Wanna sell them?
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whipartist
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Time:2007-07-28 07:39 am (UTC)
As soon as it gets sent out, I will have full model releases and 2257 paperwork-- Mike prepares it all and then sends it to the photographers sometime later. Selling them had never crossed my mind... hrmmmm. Dunno.
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abostick59
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Time:2007-07-29 05:00 pm (UTC)
I was just looking at these pictures and thinking, "whipartist and wordweaverlynn need to talk...." Great minds think alike.
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bittercrackbaby
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Time:2007-07-28 09:00 am (UTC)
mmm, 5D goodness. Good upgrade from the Rebel.
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mangosteen
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Time:2007-07-28 01:07 pm (UTC)
0. Lovely shots... they have a 'painted' quality to them that really appeals for some reason.

1. The one reason I'd seriously think about getting the 5D is the virtual noiselessness at high ISO, due to the full-size sensor. It's still a lot of money, but it's obviously worth it if I shot more low-light stuff.

2. Can you friend me on flickr? You can get my user name from following the picture link in my most recent posting.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-07-29 05:37 am (UTC)
High-ISO performance was a biggie for me, but the number one feature was the size of the viewfinder. The stupid Rebel postage stamp was making me batshit crazy. The controls are much better too.
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slfisher
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Time:2007-07-28 01:42 pm (UTC)
those are amazing pictures. and yes, I like the 'painted' quality and the color of them, the sort of brownish tinge. They remind me of some of Jan Saudek's work though much more minimalist than he.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-07-28 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

BTW, I'm headed down for your show this afternoon.
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kvom01
Subject:Profile support in Picture Window Pro
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Time:2007-08-01 11:36 pm (UTC)
From the help file:

Change Color Profile

This transformation associates a new profile with an image and transforms the image’s colors from its current to its new profile. When the image is saved, the image can be tagged with the new profile, if the file format supports profile tags. You also have the option of just translating the image’s colors using a new profile but retaining the old tag or only changing the tag and not affecting the colors.
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whipartist
Subject:Re: Profile support in Picture Window Pro
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Time:2007-08-02 05:57 pm (UTC)
Soft proofing?
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kvom01
Subject:Re: Profile support in Picture Window Pro
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Time:2007-08-02 07:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, you can specify the printer profile in the Color Management dialog, and as long as your monitor's gamut is a superset of the printer's (and your monitor is calibrated), then the image will be rendered as it would be printed.
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whitebird
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Time:2007-07-28 08:17 pm (UTC)
Newsflash for you: 99% of what professional photographers take is garbage. Professionalism is knowing what is and is not trash, and why. And having the ability to take the gems you do take and do something nicer with them.

The images you show other people are all very nice, artistically and technically. Stop selling yourself so damn short.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2007-07-28 10:33 pm (UTC)
And you never know - today's garbage might exactly fit the bill for something tomorrow.

(love that first pic)
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tigerknight
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Time:2007-07-29 05:37 am (UTC)
Those are beautiful. The expressions on 7970 and 8521 are exquisite. 8485 is very nice as well.
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kvom01
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Time:2007-07-29 01:07 pm (UTC)
I certainly agree on the 99-1 bad/good pic ratio.

I use a Fuji S3, which would be a good camera for this type of work (great for skin tones and high ISO). However the viewfinder is fairly small.

The samples you posted are quite fgood IMO.

BTW, I use Picture Window for post-processing, a product that is quite a bit easier to use that PS, while generally as capable.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-07-29 05:29 pm (UTC)
Picture Window looks a lot like Photoshop Elements to me, oui? I don't see support for ICC profiles, which would leave me dead in the water.
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phoenix14159
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Time:2007-07-30 07:55 am (UTC)
Those are all great pictures. I'm with the "yes, you are so a real photographer" camp. :-)

I do find myself a bit disturbed, though, at the rope going behind the knee with what looks like significant weight on it. I hope he didn't leave it like that too long...
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whipartist
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Time:2007-07-30 07:57 am (UTC)
It's right in front of the knee rather than behind it, she's fairly small and light, and I don't think she was in that position for more than two or three minutes.
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