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Old Nov 7, 2013, 4:41 PM   #1
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Default B&W's from the British Museum

A few b&W's from todays visit at the British Museum .. it was too short and I kept myself to just two sections so I'm planning on a regular weekly trip while I'm still looking for work.

All taken with now the old E3 and 14-54Mk1 - ISO 1600, shot as RAW and PP'd in LR.

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4. The Lion Hunt



5. King Ashurbanipa



6. Aphrodite





You can see some of the other pics from the day here:

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Old Nov 7, 2013, 5:08 PM   #2
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These are excellent shots Harj, and they really work well in B&W.The composition of the last one is outstanding in the way that you made the shadow an integral part of the photograph's impact. In fact, the last two shots look like something out of a quality magazine from a museum. Well done.
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Old Nov 7, 2013, 6:30 PM   #3
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I agree with Steve and the B&W really draws you in to the picture.
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Guys

Thanks for the comments .. I was surpised how well the ISo1600 pics held up .. no banding or anything else although I think with the 35-100f2 you definitely would get more detail in the shoots and I may have been able to drop down to ISO800 instead. I didn't fancy lugging the beastie around and thought it would be nice to stick and work with the 14-54 and see how I'd get on. I had a look at the colour files and they are good but I just got the feeling that B&W worked so much better with those subjects.

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"............but I just got the feeling that B&W worked so much better with those subjects."
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I think you felt right, love these in B&W and that you used the 14-54; really well done Harj.

I'm very sorry to hear you are not working, however on a bright side we will look with great anticipation your photo tours.
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I echo all the above particularly Bob, B&W is perfect, gives the subjects quietness and dignity.

Thank you for these, very inspiring.
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Fantastic series Harj, the pictures looks clean to me and very well exposed. My favorites are 1, 4 and 7.

Have a great weekend.

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Brilliant Harj. Digital B&W with 5,000 year old subjects. The mind boggles.

Art is art at any age.


edit: Wonderful place to visit isn't it? I love the Egyptian room and the displays. I was thrilled to actually see the Rosetta stone last time there. And you can't beet the entrance fee..? Take your lunch with you.
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I was taken a back this evening in that my last visit there with the E3 was in 2008! I need my head examined for not making more of the place.

Ken, your absoluetly spot on with that quote .. I think yesterday was the first time I actually spent time looking at the works properly themselves. I love the classical period of history but when I've been before my objectives had been to do more candids then anything else.. although that's not really possible with the 35-100F2 ! It is a wonderful place.. and the price simply cant be beat .. I'm going to attempt to snap the whole place .. section by section as a wee little project although I'll need to get their really early as the light fades away really fast. I think most people living in the city don't realise how good the old place actually is and that there are not too many like it worldwide.

I've had a quick look at a few of the 35-100F2 shots from 2008 and there is a noticable differences ..
1. with the F2 .. I was able to go for ISO800 and F2.0-2.5 @ 1/250s vs 14-54 - ISO1600 F2.8-4 @1/80s
2. Detail - the F2 files are more detailed .. kind of expected considering the 1stop difference in ISO and the faster shutter speeds.
3. Sharper - think thats a given .. and more so with the slower shutter speed with the 14-54.

Here's 3 shots from 2008 with the E3+35-100F2 - ISO 800 RAW pp'd in LR.

There's no NR applied to any of the earlier pics and these older ones.

1. The hero Meleager




2. Alexander the Great



3. The Assyrians


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Really great pictures Hartj, very enjoyale to look at also!
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