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Pyramids of SNAFU

This week's theme: Live Gigs!

Another shot from one of the band nights at the Imperial College Union. This one is of Pyramids of SNAFU. I'm not sure if they're still around in college - haven't seen them on stage for some time. I snagged this shot almost a year ago.

Lighting again in this one was tough. I was pushing ISO 1600 at f/1.8. Impossible settings for a point and shoot camera to attain. I brought the FZ20 as a backup camera to this one, but it completely stayed in the bag all the way through.

Some noise reduction was done during touch up. So this shot is not grainy at all. But on the down side, the face seems to have become rather plastic. What do you think? Is it still alright?

Pyramids of SNAFU

This week's theme: Live Gigs!

Another shot from one of the band nights at the Imperial College Union. This one is of Pyramids of SNAFU. I'm not sure if they're still around in college - haven't seen them on stage for some time. I snagged this shot almost a year ago.

Lighting again in this one was tough. I was pushing ISO 1600 at f/1.8. Impossible settings for a point and shoot camera to attain. I brought the FZ20 as a backup camera to this one, but it completely stayed in the bag all the way through.

Some noise reduction was done during touch up. So this shot is not grainy at all. But on the down side, the face seems to have become rather plastic. What do you think? Is it still alright?

comments (16)

You captured the emotions in the musician and you have also done a good job trying to keep the red light in the shot. Well done.
Can I just say...not sure? I may come back and think differently but this seems lacking in the emotion/atmosphere compared to previous shots.
  • david
  • 10 Mar 2006, 01:28
Great expression captured Duane! nice stuff..cheers smile
  • Dia
  • 10 Mar 2006, 01:54
I agree with Jide, you really captured the artists emotions and this is what its all about, very nice smile
  • Atul Rana
  • 10 Mar 2006, 02:10
I believe the Pyramids are still around http://www.pyramidsofsnafu.com and they really ought to make use of your shots!
The Maven: Thanks Atul. I thought the guys had graduated already. Anyway, I've only got this 1 gig of them from nearly a year ago.
  • keith
  • 10 Mar 2006, 05:22
Better than allright, it workls well.
Tena koe ehoa
Duane when you ask "What do you think? Is it still alright?" my reply is... its more about the essence of the image for me. To use a really bad example... "An image of a bottle of milk may not be, a bottle of milk if it doesn't imply, convey, reflect and express the essence of being a bottle of milk, even though it is a bottle of milk".

This image does do all it's suppose too, for me at least, and I feel as though I'm at a live gig watching from the audience.
The Maven: Cheers for the encouraging words ndiginiz. Yes, sometimes we loose sight of the essence of the image and the story it tries to convey. Instead, we focus too much on the technical detail. I think your milk bottle example is actually a good reminder of what matters.
  • sk
  • 10 Mar 2006, 06:10
nice moment shot
That's like -really cool dude. smile Seriously, great shot. You capture the feeling very well.
It's all right, Duane. I think your other live shots were all better than this one. Sharpness is very good, though, especially on the face and mic. Good expression and excellent capture of the moment. Regards, Brent
  • Shuva
  • 10 Mar 2006, 08:59
The guitariest are always good to shoot.They show off more emotions then the rest of the band. This reminds me of my post at: http://shuva.aminus3.com/image/2005-10-04.html
A nice shot! Great expression!
How do you reduce the noice in your pictures?
The Maven: There are software plugins that can detect noise patterns and remove them. Check out www.neatimage.com and www.noiseware.com. They are both very good and have free versions of their noise removal tools. If you take your photos in RAW, most RAW converters have options for noise suppression too (usually 1 variable for luminous noise and another for chromatic noise).

The downside is that noise removal can smudge fine image detail too. So it's a delicate balance you need to maintain.
  • Micki
  • 10 Mar 2006, 11:28
This one should go on the album cover! ;o)
Photography is about choices. We make choices while shooting (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, angle, etc.) and choices in the post processing (noise reduction, b/w, constrast, saturation, etc.). That said, we have to make the choice that we think is best for the image. Nice capture of a musician at work.
  • Roger
  • 10 Mar 2006, 15:51
Great capture of colors and emotions. Well done.
  • Paul
  • 10 Mar 2006, 16:12
Face doesn't look plastic to me, although it may on a larger print. You might try the NoiseNinja paint brush; I find it works better than an overall noise reduction approach.
The Maven: Thanks for the tip Paul. I've not tried NoiseNinja before, will have a look at it soon. In this shot, I used layer masks to protect edge detail - but it seems that it only protected the more prominent details. The finer textures still got smudged out. Probably not a very effective technique.

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