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A pity. I like forums and consider social media to be a series of dumpster fires. The only social media I’m active on are Fetlife and Mastodon/Kinky Elephant, and even then I’m mostly active in the forum-like Fetlife groups.
I prefer the full color images. But then I’m a fan of big fluffy light and not so much a fan of dramatic lighting. In particular I’m a not-fan of low key lighting, and while this set isn’t true low key, the desaturated image come closer to low key than the full color ones.
OK here’s my first real use (test) of the color-checker.
First an image processed using the “camera standard” color profile, and the “from camera” white balance (the white balance created using the old “coffee filter to set a custom white balance” trick).
Then an image where I switched to the color profile & white balance created from a shot of my new color checker passport card, taken just before I started photographing the model.
There is a shift. The color checker profile gave the image more red & green (and/or less blue). And in this image I do like the color-checker profile better.
OK, condolences for having been backed into using Lightroom and Photoshop. 🙁 And it says something that a hardware controller for Adobe products is even a thing.
I just received an X-rite Passport color-checker, and it turns out that it will be a while before I actually use it. Although I should rig up a “just to test it” test before I go to Fetcon.
I decided to keep a monitor calibration gizmo on my “someday I may buy one” list for now.
Actually I was thinking of getting just a color-checker passport. Getting a colormunki or other gizmo to calibrate my monitor (or monitors, counting my laptop) has been in the back of my mind for a long time, but I’ve been putting it down as mere Gear Acquisition Syndrome.
If I do get calibration gear I’ll let you know how it works out. Or even if I just get the color card.
Should I offer condolences for your being backed into using Lightroom and Photoshop? I understood that you didn’t care for Adobe products (and I don’t either).
I’ll put in a vote for a new storyline, rather than continuing “Game of Slaves.” Maybe a tongue in cheek conflict between two different groups of slavers:
“We must steal the Earth women from the alien invaders so that they can be sold to the elf lords!”
“No! We must abduct the human women from the elf lords and give them as tribute to the aliens!”
More generally, make the background into something fantastical, with any references to modern political or culture-war issues scrambled so as to avert any sort of mapping to real-world factions (when they can’t be left out entirely).
Re Hywel and Penny being on opposite sides of the country. This is where I throw in the old chestnut about 100 years being a long time in the US and 100 miles being a long distance in the UK. OTOH, checking Google maps it looks more like 200+ miles. But on the gripping hand, 200+ miles is the distance I drive a couple of times a year to run a D&D game for some old friends.
I thought I had already responded to this, but since I hadn’t…
Second the motion! Let’s see the occasional toe ring.
Thanks for the heads-up. I look forward to the tutorial series.
EDIT: Also, I notice a set with Faith Obae in the archives. Do you think you could get her to come back and do some new sets?
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Do you still have that carved wooden box/table shown in charliedeeredsilverope11.jpg? Or was it a borrowed/hired prop, or something otherwise no longer there? Because I wouldn’t mind seeing some new sets that used it.
Also, it seems a bit odd to see the dungeon in the archives. I still think of that location as in your “new” house in Wales but you have been there for a few years now.
You still have unreleased sets from the Great Northern Sweden Expedition?
One thing I still have to consciously think about avoiding is the “big head, small feet” distortion when the model is standing. If I’m standing 10 feet – OK, OK, 300 cm – away, then my camera is 300 cm from the models head and 340 cm from her feet. The standard fix, of course, is for the photographer (me) to crouch or sit and so make the distances from the camera to the model’s head, feet, and waist more nearly equal. Plus backing up (if I can).
Coming in from a Nikon crop-sensor point of view…
First, let me add my thanks to Hywel for the tech notes and tutorials, and for including EXIF data in the photos he uploads.
Second, “Distance.” When photographing a model, I try to keep a good distance away and let the zoom focal lengths fall where they will. It helps that I seem to be naturally immune to the “creep closer, zoom wider” syndrome that Hywel mentions in the focal-length tutorial. If anything, my impulse is to do the opposite, whenever I have room to back up.
It turns out that most (90%+) of my shots are 35mm or longer – which on a Nikon DX (crop sensor) is “equivalent” to 52mm on a full-frame camera. The shots that are wider I don’t worry about; usually I’ll have had a good reason for it. E.g. I’m standing on a chair looking down at model lying on the floor.
One place a photographer might want to use a wider focal length is for a shot that takes in the entire room, with the model occupying a relatively small part of the frame. Or if the room has two or three models.
My current three-lens kit is a 35mm f/1.8 prime, a 50mm f/1.8 prime, and a 24-120mm f/4 zoom. Multiply by Nikon’s 1.5 DX crop factor to get the full-frame equivalent focal lengths. I use the primes when I need to deal with ambient light, and the zoom when I need to deal with an improvised studio.
As for deliberate distortion, my inclination is with the fashion photographers who take distortion in the opposite direction, using extreme telephoto lenses to get a very “flattened” view of the model.
This sounds to me like a specific example of a more-general phenomena: People who are only marginally familiar with a given genre will have inaccurate or outdated ideas about the genre’s conventions and stereotypes. Or they’ll confuse closely related genres with each other and lump subgenres together.
So someone with only a vague understanding of “Mystery fiction” might wonder why Miss Marple doesn’t down shots of cheap whiskey like Sam Spade, or why Sam Spade doesn’t smoke a pipe like Sherlock Holmes. Or someone with only a vague understanding of comic books and cartoons might be shocked by not-for-children things like Omaha the Cat Dancer or Japanese hentai anime.
Or someone with only a vague understanding of bondage & fetish photography might expect the captives to suffer more nudity and less cushioning than they actually do.
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Thank you. I’m sorry that ‘swords and magic’ isn’t your thing, but fantasy and science fiction is what I do. So all my stories will have either (a) magic, or (b) science and technology that does not exist today. Even my alternate-history stories have psionics and psionic devices in them.
It’s modeled off of the draft notices that men had been receiving for decades in the 20th century (in the US). And yes, it does bear a variety of interpretations, with the ones most people jump to being darker than the one I intend. What I’m imagining is a world where the response to receiving one of these is more typically “drat” (without even an exclamation point) rather than “Oh my god I cannot believe that this is happening to meeee!”
Or even, as you say, excitement at being called up.
But the general note I’m trying to strike is that it’s all bland and bureaucratic, happened to millions of women before, nothing to get hysterical about. That it’s accepted, even by the draftees themselves, as an ordinary part of everyday life. Resistance and escapes are a fringe minority, and one not all that well thought of by the majority.
I could also say the very-RE dress looks amazing but would be better with shoes, however, I’ve lost this arguement before…
And I’m someone who would like to make sure that you’d lose it again 🙂 🙂 🙂
As for “steel bondage vs stringwork,” if I have a preference it’s for leather cuffs and belts. (As long as the cuffs don’t look [UKism] rubbish [/UKism]) But I have a stronger preference for variety, and I do like seeing RE use the elegant, expensive steel restraints that I can’t really afford myself. Just not all the time.
A steel-bondage series I’d like to see is for “Nude in Metal” to be revisited as “Scantily Clad in Metal.” The models would wear skimpy clothing that left 60-90% of the skin bare, or perhaps something that vaguely resembled a “Slavegirl Leia” outfit. That would add some color – one of my gripes about the original NiM series was the lack of color with the images being all black, white, gray, and fleshtone. IOW: Dull.
Another change I’d like to see is more “hands in front” and less “hands behind” in the new “scantily clad in metal” sets, especially when the models are trying to perform chores when bound. A second gripe I had with the original sets was the way the models seemed to be pulling things out of their unfortunate implications as they (e.g.) set the table.
I’ll second that.
That first photo looks especially interesting: Wide-eyed and toe-tied.
I have to say that I wish you could have found a different captcha system, given that you need to use one; I find google’s captcha to be the most annoying of all those I’ve ever seen.
Yes, I’m one who would appreciate seeing some wide-angle behind the scenes shots. In fact, I may have asked you earlier about doing this.
Emotionally, I see strappados as “Strict and not at all fun, but still not as bad as reverse-prayer,” and hammerlocks as “Looks cool! And a nice balance between strict and comfortable.” Intellectually, I know that they’re both nastier than they look (or than they look to me), and that yes, I do have a disconnect between my intellectual understanding and my emotional reaction.
I’m not sure I can say why. Somehow it just looks like it ought to be an extremely stressful & painful position. It might be partly because I associate it with carpal tunnel syndrome; holding your hands/wrists bent like that (in front, rather than behind) is the common test for carpal tunnel.
And as I said, “Ariel Against the Light” is a beautiful set otherwise, and I would have rated it very highly if it had used one of the other behind-the-back ties.
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“Ariel Against The Light” – beautiful set, only [wince]
I bought three padlocks at the beginning of the year, and was able to special-order them to not only be keyed-alike, but to use the same key as the half-dozen smaller padlocks I already had.
Sometimes it’s technically possible for a locksmith to rekey a set of padlocks so that they’re all keyed alike.
And even for gear with built-in locks it may be worth asking about.
I’m fine with asymmetric ties, but I’d like to have seen tied ankles, at least to the extent of a symbolic rope hobble. Even if it wasn’t necessary.
Funny, I have the opposite opinion. I find that dark backgrounds make light-skinned models look a bit pasty and cause dark-skinned models to fade into the background. Whereas light or white backgrounds make models of all complexions look good.
And now “The Proper Decorum” – same effect. I really want to love that set too, but seeing the reverse-prayer tie makes me wince.
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The usual trick is to put ropes in a lingerie/delicates mesh wash bag to wash in the washing machine. I’ve done this myself with the nylon & polypropylene web-straps that I use. It keeps them from getting tangled up with themselves or with the mechanical bits in the machine.
None of Nikon’s current 24MP DX (crop) cameras have AA filters, and the D500 doesn’t either. So that’s a non-issue. In any case the pixel pitch of a 24MP DX would be the same as a 54MP full frame, or a medium format with, um, “lots.” 🙂
FWIW, a google search shows the Sony A7RII with a pixel pitch of 4.51 microns, the D500 with a pitch of 4.22 microns, and the D7200 with a pitch of 3.92 microns.
I thought I already posted on this, but yeah. If anything, my line for fantasy vs reality is even further back than Hywel’s.
That’s why I don’t like kinky fiction (in any medium) about celebrities or politicians, no matter what my opinion of the celebrity or politician being “sent up” might be. Not even if it’s a “No Celebrities Were Harmed” version.