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Taxi Noir

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By slowriot   |   Watch
Published: November 1, 2016
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A conceptual reshoot with the same lens at the same taxi rank as in…

The lens is a Soviet Helios 58mm f/2 professionally modified to have a square four-bladed aperture. Live view is a must for this lens, as what you see in the viewfinder is completely different to what reaches the sensor.

I went for a somewhat more radical edit this time. Since I'm presenting what's essentially an entirely out of focus image, I wanted to bring out as much texture as possible. The bokeh itself already produces some artefacts which present as texture due to interference patterns on the sensor and imperfections in the glass. The high iso noise performance on the 1D is exceptional, and the noise ends up looking film-like. Dodging and burning and sharpening allowed me to bring out the filmlike luminance noise while suppressing the chroma noise, enhancing the texture of the road and buildings especially.

Editing steps: Healing of hot pixels from the live view heat, crop, curves, dodging and burning, selective colour desaturation of yellows and reds on part of the image, resize and sharpen.

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Image size
1200x800px 739.31 KB
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Shutter Speed
1/32 second
Focal Length
50 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 4, 2016, 10:38:48 PM
Sensor Size
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