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🕐 05-3-15 1:10 PMpaqart posted Click to view details
Mandy and Oscar
Photo by: paqart
Thanks! I spent an afternoon with these two models in Amsterdam, shooting them in various parts of the city with an 80mm lens and an off-camera flash unit. This shot is natural light with a 28mm lens, and was probably the easiest to shoot, but I liked it the best. The only tricky part about shooting this is that the counter is barely ten inches deep, so I had to cram myself into the window to get this image.
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🕐 05-3-15 11:04 AMpaqart posted Click to view details
Parkour group, Rotterdam
Photo by: paqart
28mm actually, but it is medium format lens, so it is the equivalent of 19mm. This shot took almost two hours to capture. The athletes in the shot had to time their jumps precisely to land in the right pose and the right part of the image. To do that, we had to see each jump individually, then with two, then three, then all four of them. When we finally got it, it was a great feeling.
I also had secondary lighting from a couple of strong (500WS) flash units on light stands positioned behind the concrete walls.
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🕐 04-5-15 4:09 PMpaqart posted Click to view details
Capture One test 01
Photo by: paqart
This is from last summer, reprocessed in C1.
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🕐 04-5-15 4:09 PMpaqart posted Click to view details
Capture One test 02
Photo by: paqart
This is from last summer, reprocessed in C1.
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🕐 08-14-14 2:33 PMpaqart posted Click to view details
Lana at church
Photo by: paqart
Thanks for the comment. The model is looking directly into a reflector held by my daughter off camera.
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🕐 06-29-14 3:24 AMpaqart posted Click to view details
Red
Photo by: donuss
Gorgeous!
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🕐 05-6-14 2:21 AMpaqart posted Click to view details
Mt. Everest Base Camp Khumbu Icefall
Photo by: dalth500
Great shot, and scary--to see all those fragile little tents beneath that sky and ragged mountains...
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🕐 04-22-14 4:05 PMpaqart posted Click to view details
Fiery afterglow
Photo by: bubo
Beautiful
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🕐 03-30-14 3:05 PMpaqart posted Click to view details
Thai protest at Dam square
Photo by: paqart
The protest was conducted in two languages I don't speak: Thai and Nederlands. However, I had the impression they were complaining about a prome minister who had embezzled funds from the government or who had been falsely accused of doing the same. They either wanted to punish or exonerate him, not sure which.

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🕐 02-10-14 6:43 AMpaqart posted Click to view details
Dockside portrait
Photo by: paqart
I do like the Otus but am not comfortable with the 55mm lens length yet. I like 35mm for shooting street subjects and 85mm for portraits, 15mm for interiors, and 100mm for macro and landscape. 55mm is a length that makes most sense (to me) for portraits, but I don't get as many opportunities to shoot those as I would like. Also, I prefer using it with a tripod because it is tough to get the focus exactly right without some kind of stabilization. At least so far. When I first got the 15mm distagon I had some problems figuring out how to use it also, so I think this is the same thing.

What I love about the Otus is how sharp and bright it is. Also, the color is very neutral compared to other lenses, particularly the 35mm Summilux and Nikkor 85mm 1.4G. Even compared to the 100mm MP the color seems more neutral.

At first I thought it had no LOCA at all, but since then have found that it does get it also, just not as much as other lenses. The 15mm Distagon is also pretty good in that respect, but I think the Otus is better. Most importantly, it seems to be a higher resolution than other lenses. I don't know how that would work, but images taken with this lens seem to have more detail somehow.

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🕐 01-29-14 7:48 AMpaqart posted Click to view details
Photo 13208
Photo by: hasse58
Excellent color!
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🕐 01-21-14 3:41 AMpaqart posted Click to view details
Heli Pick Up, Tien Shan (Kyrgyzstan)
Photo by: s_peter
Awesome image!
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🕐 11-25-13 10:30 AMpaqart posted Click to view details
Urban Wild
Photo by: illithid dude
Amusing, contemporary, and fun. This image brought a smile to my face as soon as I saw it.
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🕐 10-26-13 3:33 PMpaqart posted Click to view details
The Way into the Forest
Photo by: unicomichael
Gorgeous! akes me want to head out to the forest right away!
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🕐 10-20-13 1:26 PMpaqart posted Click to view details
A physicist and a Bacon
Photo by: paqart
For clarity I feel obliged to remind that this was shot with the 15mm, not the 135.

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🕐 09-28-13 2:56 PMpaqart posted Click to view details
Photo 32200
Photo by: jamesmd
A very pretty shot, thanks for posting.

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🕐 09-17-13 7:01 AMpaqart posted Click to view details
St. Nikolas
Photo by: paqart
I like the photo also, but intend to go back and shoot this location again, hopefully on a cloudy day that doesn't blow out the stained glass windows.

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🕐 09-12-13 2:02 PMpaqart posted Click to view details
Goddess of Chinatown
Photo by: lenscrack
Love the mood and color here.
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🕐 07-22-13 3:11 PMpaqart posted Click to view details
Shanghai at night
Photo by: dalth500
Love this image. It makes me want to get on a plane to Shanghai...

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🕐 05-12-13 9:19 AMpaqart posted Click to view details
Saturday night
Photo by: dalth500
I like the ambiance of this shot. It reminds me of long ago moments when I was walking touring Europe as a nineteen year-old. The streets were strange and warm even after dark, and populated by people who were comfortable in those places. The difference between the strangeness I felt and the natural comfort of everyone else created this mood you have here, something nice on one hand, a bit menacing on the other.

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