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Old 09-30-2004, 11:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was trying out a new Alien Bees strobe and a friend gave me a piece of a material similar to the Walmart black scarf. I think the images are a little too soft but I think I'm being outvoted.



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Re: Too Soft? (2 images)
Old 09-30-2004, 12:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great images of Vicki! Isn't it nice to have a model available?

I see what you mean about the softness -- but particularly for portrait work and personal clients, this is great! You have to pay big money for a filter that does that! I would say it's the right mix of focus and soft.

Looking at my monitor I'd say that you need a tad more brightness -- but that could also be a personal preference thing...

Good shooting!

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Re: Too Soft? (2 images)
Old 09-30-2004, 03:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Lovely shots.

I agree with Bob. The level of softness is good for portraits and glamour, but the images are a bit dark.

Only really old stuff here.

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Re: Too Soft? (2 images)
Old 09-30-2004, 05:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think the filtration works great for this low light. I tried the same kind of material in a brighter light and it sucked but it works great for the low key stuff. Rolando's black scarf material works really good regardless of the light level but I haven't found any here in Maine.

Thanks for sharing and happy shooting!

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Re: Too Soft? (2 images)
Old 09-30-2004, 05:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i have about six of the "RG" scarves....i will send one up with the octodome ring...
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Re: Too Soft? (2 images)
Old 10-01-2004, 12:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The look in #1 is terrific and the softness works well. The images are a bit dark on my monitor, others have mentioned this as well.


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Too dark was another problem. The filter material is a finer thread and tighter weave than the Walmart scarf, Like Mike pointed out, the brighter the light the worse the effect got. I think I'll save that one for film. Thanks, for the input everybody.
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Re: Too Soft? (2 images)
Old 10-02-2004, 10:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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VERY nice, love the first one, the expression pose and looks are killer.
Great shot.

The second is a bit less but also very nice.

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Re: Too Soft? (2 images)
Old 10-02-2004, 09:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Keep in mind that any time you put something in front of the lens it's going to change your ev levels. Depending on how far you stretch the scarf across your lens, you can loose between 1/2 to 1 full stop. The scarf has its place and can be an added asset to the rest of your tools.

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Taken with the black scarf:

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Re: Too Soft? (2 images)
Old 10-17-2004, 04:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Normally I wouldn't do this but you all are being way, way too kind. I am not taking anything away from the girl or her beauty but you guys are never going to learn anything if someone doesn't point out the error of your logic. The image is too dark because the person posting it didn't care enough to go into Photoshop and adjut the exposure. It had nothing to do with material across the lens or infront of the light source. All material infront of the lens is going to do is soften the image it is your job as a photographer to correct for this either at the time of taking the shot by opening up 1/2 to a full stop dependant of the material or fixing the exposure in an image editing program afterwards.

The image below shows that all you had to do was adjust the levels and you would have been a lot closer to what I am sure you saw in your mind.

Keep shooting guys and sorry if I seam a little harsh but you will never learn if people keep being overly kind.

Gary
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