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  1. #1
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    Downtown LA in B&W

    All the creative posts so far this week got me thinking of a series I did last summer of downtown Los Angeles in B&W that I never posted. I love these shots and the story of urban decay/renewal they tell. See the whole series here: http://imageevent.com/24peter/downtownlabw









    Canon A720 IS, 40D w/ BG-E2N, 28 1.8, 50 1.4, Sigma 70 2.8 macro, 17-40 F4 L, 24-105 F4 L IS, 70-200 F4 L IS, 430 EX, Kenko 2X TC & Ext Tubes, AB strobes and more...
    View my photo galleries here: imageevent.com/24peter

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    Very nice Pete! Have you considered adding noise to some or all of them to kind of reinforce the "grittyness" of being amongst the decay?
    Ouch.

  3. #3
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    Wow!

    Very nice work!
    Jeff Keller
    Founder/Editor, Digital Camera Resource Page

  4. #4
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    Great photos showing the power of b&w photography, 24peter. They are very inspirational
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

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    Very cool series. I hope you have a few of these matted and framed in your home!
    Last edited by jamison55; 03-01-2006 at 07:51 AM.
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    Canon 5dII|Canon 5D|Canon 40D|Sigma 15 f2.8|Canon 35 f1.4|Canon 50 f2.5|Canon 50 f1.8|Canon 85 f1.2|Canon 17-40 f4|Canon 18-55 f3.5-5.6 IS|Canon 24-105 f4 IS|Canon 28-105 f3.5-4.5|Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS|Canon 75-300 f4-5.6 IS|Kenko 1.4x TC|Canon 580ex X3|Canon 380exII |Canon 420ex|Sunpak 383 x4|Sunpak 120j x2|Sunpak 622|Elinchrom Skyports

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    Hey thanks guys. I'd almost forgotten about them until I pulled them off an old external hard drive last night. I print a lot of my shots out on an OKIData color laser printer at 8.5X11 and put 'em up all over my house. But I might have a few of these professionally printed and framed. BTW - they were all taken with the kit lens and a .6 Grad ND filter. Gotta love that kit lens
    Canon A720 IS, 40D w/ BG-E2N, 28 1.8, 50 1.4, Sigma 70 2.8 macro, 17-40 F4 L, 24-105 F4 L IS, 70-200 F4 L IS, 430 EX, Kenko 2X TC & Ext Tubes, AB strobes and more...
    View my photo galleries here: imageevent.com/24peter

  7. #7
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    My kit lens is decent but it sucks compared to that.


    Oh wait that's me...I'm the one that can't take a photo worth crap.
    Ouch.

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    FWIW - I have a couple of 8x10 framed prints in my house from the kit lens...they look fine.
    www.jamisonwexler.com

    Canon 5dII|Canon 5D|Canon 40D|Sigma 15 f2.8|Canon 35 f1.4|Canon 50 f2.5|Canon 50 f1.8|Canon 85 f1.2|Canon 17-40 f4|Canon 18-55 f3.5-5.6 IS|Canon 24-105 f4 IS|Canon 28-105 f3.5-4.5|Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS|Canon 75-300 f4-5.6 IS|Kenko 1.4x TC|Canon 580ex X3|Canon 380exII |Canon 420ex|Sunpak 383 x4|Sunpak 120j x2|Sunpak 622|Elinchrom Skyports

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  9. #9
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    Yeah its fine up to 8x10 or even 11x14. I shot with the kit lens a good bit at the race track. If I were go back (hah like that'll ever happen!) I'd probably just use it and maybe even be crazy enough to buy another nifty fifty and use those. Nothing against the racers, but they don't buy enough prints to deserve the destruction of my high end glass. It's just not cost-effective and they can't tell the difference anyway.
    Ouch.

  10. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdi-buy.com
    ...they can't tell the difference anyway.
    I gotta tell you guys, I'm quickly coming to the conclusion that the only ones who can really tell the difference between "regular" lenses and pro lenses are other photographers. And even then, not always! As long as a shot isn't grossly out of focus, most people who see my work don't have a freakin' clue as to whether I used one lens or another - and usually don't care if the subject matter moves them in some way.
    Canon A720 IS, 40D w/ BG-E2N, 28 1.8, 50 1.4, Sigma 70 2.8 macro, 17-40 F4 L, 24-105 F4 L IS, 70-200 F4 L IS, 430 EX, Kenko 2X TC & Ext Tubes, AB strobes and more...
    View my photo galleries here: imageevent.com/24peter

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