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Week 6; 7 May - 11 May
Topic Started: May 7 2012, 08:32 AM (2,080 Views)
SacoHarry
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Justin's tweet this morning suggests much excitement for the week ahead! What's happening?
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Week 6 crew, the survivors. We lost a few soldiers along the way. Thanks to both those who made it and those who very nearly survived to the last moment. you shall not be forgotten :-)

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I like the picture Andy, all the heavy coats and waterproofs kinda give the impression we'd had some sort of bad weather in the idyllic paradise that is Vindolanda.
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A little late, I know and there is some overlap with other posts before, but I thought I'd post them anyway.

Pierre
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Brinno
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More from day 2...
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Brinno
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...several more...
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Brinno
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more to follow
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Brinno
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Some finds
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Brinno
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Muddy hell, I have never seen so much rain as on last Thursday...
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Brinno
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And finally... I thought I should end this series with some almost blue skies. And to prove it was on location, I added some Roman stonework and that wonderful turf as well.

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Pierre
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Some great shots in there, I love the perfume bottle.

A technical question for you Pierre, how did you get the shallow depth of field? Is that with photoshop post-processing or did you use some kind of filter on the lens? The plank shot is a good example of what I'm talking about.
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Shooting in portate mode at a low angle or macro would achieve the look or shooting at f4 or lower on manual focus. Alot of programmes will have a tilt shift of centre focus mode, I have one on my iPad for post shot photos. Brinno may have other options?
Edited by snowglobe, May 16 2012, 09:49 AM.
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SacoHarry
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Brilliant, brilliant pics! Thanks tons for all of those. The detail is amazing. And the more I see of the Gauls' work, the more I admire the Severans who came before. That Severan causeway sitting under the Gauls' aqueduct couldn't be a better contrast.
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Brinno
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Hi Justin,

No filters or photo-editing. It just comes down to the aperture-setting (Pete mentioned it as well): if the lens is opened as wide as possible, the depth of focus is smallest (so only a small part of the image is in focus). The photo with the plank was shot at aperture F2 (shutter 1/8000); the picture with the perfume bottle: F2.8 and 1/1000. If I would have chosen F7.1 for instance, the whole perfume bottle would have been sharp on the picture and a lot more of the plank would as well.
I use a program setting on my camera which automatically adjusts the shutter-speed while I manually set the aperture. Basically with that I can influence how much of the picture is sharp or out of focus. This kind of setting can be done with most cameras.
Hope that helps.

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Pierre
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Wow, I'm amazed you were able to get that much of an effect even at f2. I was expecting you to say it was through post-processing... Thanks for the info.
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Jut a couple more of week 6's valiant crew, and Justin, battling against rising waters...

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