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B&W: Classmates Series in Sanxia

I took only a couple of shots because of these two friends, classmates of my wife from her Elementary School Days, way back in the 70’s. I’ve enjoyed shooting these gentlemen because they’re faces are so interesting to work on.

However, the lighting that day was quite challenging: out of the shadows, full on bright; in the shadows, just lots of dark shades. To add insult to injury, I shot at 400ISO on a zoom lens at 125mm at f4.8 on my Nikon D3000, which gets quite noisy.

I think the focus isn’t quite right. You know the story, these candid shots only last for a few seconds, you shoot what you can! Once I saw the results (quite dark), I thought there was something worth recovering, but it was going to be a challenge. The next photo in the series included the gentleman on the right and was much clearer because I added a little flash.

However, the subject of this photo was out of focus in the next shot, so I decided to see what I could recover in this photo. Surprisingly, quite a lot can be recovered thanks to using RAW. So… I kind of guessed that I’d turn this into black & white right at the outset. But not before:

Not the best results but and some of the whites were looking burned out, while some of the darks got a little crushed. Still, I converted it through a NIK filter, Silver Efex Pro 2. I didn’t do anything wonderful there, I simply chose a preset and made a couple of adjustments on the right menu: 017 Full Spectrum with structure boosts on all sliders, by about 10%. Saved and went right back to LR.

From there, I tidied up the eyes a little by darking the corneas using lower exposure, and then added exposure to most of the really dark wrinkles on the face. Finally, I brought down exposure on the right forehead which was looking really bright. So that’s where the photo is right now. Suggestions?

Our Island: Our Hope

We’re asking for help in whatever way you can provide. Right now, we are preparing the exhibition and we are looking for sponsorship for certain elements of the exhibition.

  • To cover rental costs of the gallery space at Jazz Image in Taipei
  • To cover the typical exhibition costs: publicity, facilities, expenses
  • To prepare gifts for our Tombola (Lucky Draw) which helps to raise additional funds

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Requests for Help

We’re asking for help in whatever way you can provide. Right now, we are preparing the exhibition so we are looking for sponsorship for certain elements of the exhibition:

  • To cover rental costs of the gallery space at Jazz Image in Taipei
  • To cover the typical exhibition costs: publicity, facilities, expenses
  • To prepare gifts for our Tombola (Lucky Draw) which helps to raise additional funds

If you’re interested in sponsoring part of the event, providing gifts for the Tombola, or spreading the news, please contact Patrice Delmotte via email: [email protected] with the subject: “Our Island Exhibition – I want to help!”

I would also appreciate any help to spread the word of our exhibition to your friends, family or online. We look forward to seeing you at the Exhibition Opening.

Announcements will be made at:

Contact Us

If you’re interested in sponsoring part of the event, providing gifts for the Tombola, or spreading the news, please contact Patrice Delmotte via email: [email protected] with the subject: “Our Island Exhibition – I want to help!”

I would also appreciate any help to spread the word of our exhibition to your friends, family or online. We look forward to seeing you at the Exhibition Opening.

Announcements will be made at:

facebook page: facebook/TEPC

website: http://tepc.weebly.com

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Exhibition for Fr. Moal Sponsorship Request Document v4

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Sky at Night: Tamsui’s Delight

Night Time Celebration: 2018 Lantern Festival in Taipei

Temple Ornaments