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Tango0109 Jun 2023 8:57 p.m. PST

"People like the massed troops, but I think they like the small vignettes even more. It's just so hard to photograph these, after all 20mm is a very unforgiving scale, but here goes…"





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Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2023 6:14 a.m. PST

Very poorly photographed

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2023 8:45 a.m. PST

The maker did acknowledge that above. Not easy to do.

Daylight and back-lit makes for very intense shadows. Mobile phones are great at photography generally, but depth of focus, in close up work, is almost impossible. You need a very small aperture (f27 or higher), therefore a very long exposure to let enough light in, therefore a tripod and shutter cable to ensure no shake and, above all intense lighting.

See the website itself and there is some great photography in less close-up images.

DevoutDavout10 Jun 2023 11:19 a.m. PST

I like it. It does a disservice to the models but when viewed overall they are dramatic. Reminds me a little of the Deulists

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2023 1:02 p.m. PST

Watched that on TV two nights back (even though I have it on DVD anyway) and had forgotten how good it is. Funny to then watch Carradine on Fargo, Series 1, on the cross-trainer last week. He has maybe gained about two pounds in weight since "The Duellists".

I know what you mean about the "misty" look, reproduced here.

Tango0110 Jun 2023 3:19 p.m. PST



CHRIS DODSON12 Jun 2023 2:47 a.m. PST

I believe that the good Captains work is mainly photographed with his mobile.

These can be very handy indeed, especially getting into small locations.

The ‘Misty' effect is light shining through his conservatory window I would suggest.

The camera is merciless in spotting things that the human eye automatically corrects. The project is a visual feast for the eyes.

I use a small Panasonic camera linked by wi fi to my I pad mini.

Each camera position is individually levelled and whilst this helps spots swords poking out of heads etc many pictures are required to get what I want.

Bright light bleaches and can create shadows in the sky etc.

Diffused light is best although it may require direction when your subject has a wide brimmed hat on. I believe the westerns used this trick as their subject matter was in the shade.

My camera is normally set to intelligent auto which works well when you select your focus point for the depth of field.

Anything more complex is for the experts.

Happy snapping.


Captain Siborne12 Jun 2023 5:51 a.m. PST

I've been off TMP for a few months but have now retrieved my password – alleluia! I've missed the peculiarities of this forum, not the least the fact that someone else can nick your photos without asking, before then being criticised by someone else for poor photography skills. This is a little like having your car stolen and then receiving a speeding ticket. I'm most grateful however to Liam and Chris for rallying to the defence. Chris has patiently encouraged me privately towards better photography for some years now. I promise to do better!

DevoutDavout12 Jun 2023 6:19 a.m. PST

Deadhead – It is one of two movies I have actually felt compelled enough to bother to buy (own not rent) on streaming. The other being Lawrence of Arabia. I do not hoarde movies but ike my books I still prefer physical. I watch both a couple times a year at least.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2023 8:01 a.m. PST

Captain, you have been "Tangoed", which places you amongst a substantial elite thus privileged.

Lawrence of A proved so much better in the extended and restored version on BluRay. All I want now is the lost scenes from Saving PR (or Waterloo, but no hope there)

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