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New solo show at the New England School of Photography


Come join us next week for my next solo show at the New England School of Photography!
11 big prints of my most recent and best seascapes work.
I hope to see you there!!

Text of the original announcement:

NEXT at the The Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions: Aquae: Photographs by Thibault Roland Fine Art Photography. Aquae is a series of landscape images that explores the serene and formal nature of water in a most alluring and minimal fashion.

Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:30pm – 7pm
Show Runs: Nov. 16 – Dec. 18, 2015

Testing the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS for long exposure photography

IMG_20150417_145332I was very fortunate to get my hands on a Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS and could not help but test it for long exposure.

You will see below some straight out of camera shots, as two new images that I was able to process. This is not meant to be a full review of the lens, more of a road test to see how well it works for long exposure photography.

General Comments: First of all, let me say that the lens is HUGE! It takes 95mm diameter filters, and feels very sturdy and smooth when using it. It also has a nice foot to mount it directly on a tripod head, which is a nice addition. I never used it though, because my setup was steady enough that I was not bothered by vibrations, however big the lens is.

A quick snapshot of my bag with the lens inside, together with the very nice 16-35 f/4:


One tip for doing long exposure: no matter the camera or lens, I ALWAYS wrap my setup with a cloth to avoid light leakage from the sides of the mount or lens. I used this lens in the same way, and you’ll see below that I had no diffraction issue: mission accomplished πŸ™‚



Un-processed images: Now let’s look at a few “almost SOOC” images: (almost because some have been stitched)

DSC01342_adj copieEXIF: 28-135mm @28mm, f/8, ~8 minutes, ISO 50, ND16 Firecrest filter

Panorama sans titre2 copieEXIF: 2 images after stitching, 28-135mm @45mm, f/8, ~4 minutes each image, ISO 50, ND16 Firecrest filter

DSC01425 copieEXIF: 3 images after stitching, 28-135mm @72mm, f/8, ~3 minutes each image, ISO 100, ND16 Firecrest filter

Β Pretty good, right? πŸ™‚

Final images: Now let’s see a couple images after processing:

DSC01425 copie_resizeEXIF: 3 images after stitching, 28-135mm @72mm, f/8, ~3 minutes each image, ISO 100, ND16 Firecrest filter

DSC01509 copie_resize EXIF: 3 images after stitching, 28-135mm @80mm, f/8, ~3 minutes each image, ISO 100, ND16 Firecrest filter


Conclusion: I have made up my mind. Even if the lens is mostly made for video, it’s an amazing piece of hardware, including for long exposure. The constant f/4 aperture is also a great treat. I am going to make this lens a permanent addition to my gear!

As usual, don’t hesitate to comment or ask questions below or in PM.

New architectural photograph coming soon

10295073_10152794782118485_2926526480416932124_oI finally finished a long exposure image I’ve been working on for the last 3 weeks…
Iit’s a 6 photographs panorama that I took in Boston recently (each image is about 5 minutes exposure and 36MP, shot with my new @Sony β€ͺ#β€Ža7R‬ camera), that I stitched together in post to make a final file about 10,000 x 8,000 pixels, 16 bits.
After upgrading my computer system, I finally nailed it! I so needed fresh “blood” to handle 500MO tif files πŸ˜€
Will share soon~ish…

In the mean time, you see here an image representing the finished picture, with some of the hard selections I made in post-processing in Photoshop.
I know it’s pretty abstract right now, but if you look hard, the picture is there, I promise πŸ˜‰

Study of MIT’s Stata Center: Cyclops

Here is another picture of the Stata Center at MIT in Cambridge MA.

CyclopsDid I ever mention that I’m in love with Frank Gehry’s work? I love it, I love it, I love it! It brings so many opportunities to fine art photographers!
This is another picture that I took of the Maria Stata Center here at MIT in Cambridge MA. And a very different one from the first I shared with you first (http://www.thibaultroland.com/Urban-Myths/i-KfV7LCZ/A). Be assured there will be more in the future, since creativeness just flows in as I start taking pictures of this building!

I had the image already constructed in my mind then, and I knew I could not leave without taking the picture when the conditions were optimal. It was a very hot day then, and I think I spend more than 4 hours straight, waiting for the perfect light and cloud formations. When that magical moment came, the sun was reflecting on the windows, forming these incredible streaks of light.
I am glad I waited that long. Thanks for inner vision, thanks for patience, and thanks for writers of novel, because they allow long exposure photographers to pass time and enjoy themselves when waiting for the perfect weather conditions!
If you’re nice, I might even share the raw file some day πŸ˜‰

To see this image bigger:

Technical info:
16 stops (10+6 IRND filters from Formatt Hitech Filters)
ISO 100
17 mm
315s exposure

Silver Efex Pro2

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Direct from the Sensor: One in three T/S LE…

Here is a picture that I shot today at the Christian Science Center in Boston.

It is one of the three tilt shift long exposures (more than 3 minutes each) that I shot and will stitch together to get the whole scene. I kept the exact same adjustments for all three, except for shifting them up and down to prevent any distortion (converging lines caused by tilting the camera sensor plane up or down).

I also tilted the lens (to the right) so that only the building to the center left is on focus, the rest getting blurred the further it gets from it.

Keep an eye out for the stitched raw image… hopefully some time soon πŸ™‚

One in three