Willie Garvin

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  1. Hi,

    Fantastic close up shot & now you have got me interested in close ups!!

    Please can you tell me about the Paragon extension tubes & where I can purchase these from please.

    I have several Carl Zeiss lenses that I want to try as well as using the Paragon extension tubes with my Fuji X lenses, hope you don't mind me asking you.

    Cheers,

    Mick

    1. Willie Garvin

      Willie Garvin

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for the info re extension tubes, I will have to look out for some for the Fuji X-Pro 1.

      I looked at some Fuji ones & as you say they are not cheap, here is a link to one of them

      http://shop.fujifilm.co.uk/macro-extension-tube-16mm-mcex-16.html

      From what you say I really need to call in to LCE in Lincoln someday.

      All is well with me apart from the photography bug which I can't seem to shake off........................................not that I really want too either!!

      Cheers & take care,

      Mick  

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  2. Hi,

    Original busking picture as promised.

    Mick

    Busker in Doncaster.jpg

    1. Willie Garvin

      Willie Garvin

      Hi,

      Thanks for that & yes it was the blue suit that helped me decide to post the colour version & your use of the word vanity re blue suited guy is spot on by the way.

      I did indeed play around with colour, exposure & shadows until I liked what I saw.

      The attached image is a cut that I did today, I clipped the lady out with the bright skirt but left the small boy in with the rucksack, but I'm unsure if he is a distraction to the focal point which are the three men.

      Thanks again for following this up, it's appreciated.

      Cheers,

      Mick

      PS, tried to attach the image but it says it is too big, will send it separately.

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  3. Hi.

    Please could I follow up on this comment you made re the image below please.

    'There are some framing problems but it is an uncomfortable image that tells a story'.

    Up until me posting it on the Wam I hadn't noticed that I had chopped some of the head off of the guy in jeans taking a photo.

    I'm asking this purely because I want to know about the framing issues so that I can learn from it. I should add that it gives me loads of encouragement when people critique my images, whether it be a good or bad one.

    I hope that you do not mind me asking you this but I respect you opinion as you are obviously IMHO one of the Wams outstanding photographers.

    Cheers,

    Mick

    PS, I should add that I hesitated in taking this image because the two guys were in fact mocking this poor old busker, but I did take several images because I am really hooked on taking 'real life' photos where & when I can. I think it's because I have always been a people watcher long before I got a camera, but my camera adds to my people watching in as much as it captures that moment in time, which obviously is exactly what photography can do!

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    1. Willie Garvin

      Willie Garvin

      Hi,

      Thank you for your reply & I'm really glad that you like the picture & as I've already said I had some doubts as to whether to take it or not.

      When I'm out & about in towns & cities I struggle to get shots which contain the subject only. This shot is a prime example as it took several attempts to get a shot without someone else' s head, body or partial limb etc in the shot. This really frustrates me but is the norm for me when shooting on the streets. I can be stood there with my camera & about to take the shot when people walk in front of the camera, very rarely do people stop or are in fact aware that you are using a camera, people these days seem to be only aware of themselves & their immediate space!!

      Anyway re this shot of the busker, I was angry that these two guys were in fact mocking the poor busker & were using their phones to capture him busking & were probably taking a video to perhaps upload to YouTube or the likes.

      In a sense it was a grab shot because I had to keep moving around to get a clear shot of what was going on & as I say people were walking in & out of the shot!!

      It was only when I put it on the Wam that I noticed it was cropped too tight on the white guys head, but I decided to leave it. I will include the original 'uncropped' image which shows a small child & woman to the left of the image & the closeness to the busker on the right hand side.

      I very much agree with you re the tightness of the crop & I'm struggling sometimes as to where & how to crop my images & what to leave in or out is difficult for me at times, so comments from yourself are always welcome as I am welcome of any comments.

      Also I did convert it to b&w but it lacked the impact that the colour gave it & that is something else that I am learning, not all images are better in b&w, although b&w is my favourite medium colour is best at certain times.

      The camera that I use on the streets is my Fuji X-Pro1 & I'm truly hooked on this camera & the Fuji lenses that I have & to be honest this camera has given me so much more confidence to get up closer to people & take these kinds of grab shots & in all honesty if money permitted I'd love to own a X-Pro2 or even the X-T2.

      I'll stop my rambling but I genuinely appreciate your comments & I'd appreciate it if you would continue to do so whether the comments are good or bad as I'm really hooked on photography & peoples comments, as far as I am concerned, are a great help re learning to take better images.

      I have been trying to attach the original busking image here but it will not let me so I will post it separately.

      Cheers,

      Mick 

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