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Airy

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My old town
« on: November 01, 2020, 23:27:57 »
Verdun (France). Df, 28/3.5 PC and possibly some Voigtländer 58/1.4 here and there
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Re: My old town
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2020, 23:28:54 »
and one more
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Re: My old town
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2020, 00:18:09 »
The second image seems to tell it all to me.
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Re: My old town
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2020, 05:37:10 »
Agreed, all are nice but #2 is a killer!
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Re: My old town
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2020, 07:17:19 »
Again, #2 out stands from an already strong series

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Re: My old town
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2020, 08:53:51 »
Thanks all. Actually, all shots are from the 28/3.5 PC so far.

#3 is special: I forgot to close the diaphragm before pressing the shutter release. Consequently, the shot was overexposed by 2 1/2 stops which, given the low general contrast, I could compensate in PP. On the other hand, there was a distinct softness and/or "glow". I pushed the sharpening in LightRoom and got decent results, despite my having applied some (moderate, upward) shift.

As mentioned elsewhere, the 28/3.5 is opticaly good but nothing more. It shows high CA when shifted, but lightroom CA correction works even in that case, don't ask me why. Rendering in B&W is significantly better than color, to my taste. Above all, its usage as a time machine (moving back to view camera aesthetics in a very small package) is quite appealing.

In case you would wonder - the restoration of the 100+ year old view camera is temporarily suspended - I have quite an agenda since September - deadline is now March.
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Re: My old town
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2020, 09:13:35 »
Thank you for sharing ;) Yes second image with the leading lines stands out - but really a nice series! 
Vintage look and feel
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Re: My old town
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2020, 09:49:17 »
Impressive series.  I like especially nr 5 with it's overview and the Playtime (Tati) atmosphere.

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Re: My old town
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2020, 10:43:18 »
your bw work in the whole series is excellent, it makes a emotional coating over all pictures
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Re: My old town
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2020, 15:00:35 »
Could have been "tiré" 100 years ago, has that feel ;)

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Re: My old town
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2020, 15:13:33 »
Great B&W series ! In France we all have a mental image of Verdun because of the WWI war, but I didn't expect such a peaceful town...
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Re: My old town
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2020, 18:55:26 »
It has become very peaceful, especially since the abolition of military service : most youths, especially the noisy variant, belonged to some unit.
The picsdate back to Tuesday or Wednesday last week, so that was before curfew or confinement... but during school holidays. The streets indeed look empty, and the one seen from above used to be the busiest merchant street in town.

Fons, maybe I got influenced by the many film or plate negatives that went through my scanner these last weeks : hundreds of them, dated 1891 for the earliest. Apparently, it was unquestioned routine to have a level view camera (they all had water levels built in) and to use vertical shift. I did not find any tripod on the attic, but I suspect that, in the early XXth century, common tripods had no head that could be tilted. I need to do some research here.
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Re: My old town
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2020, 19:55:04 »
Agreed, all are nice but #2 is a killer!
I fully agree, great image #2.