wow that kid be carching some air!!!!!!! nice shot!!!
I went out over the past few days and got some pics of brighton beach with D300 and 180 or Voigtlander 40mm. (I will post the 180mm ones shortly). Hope you enjoy them. :-)
Yes my apologies about the focus. . Aside from the focus (obviously crucial to photography) I still quite liked the shots hence posting.
Reason they like this is I have a pre-existing eye condition (well a few to be honest, had cateracts aged 7, detached retina's, gluacoma, irisis not quite 33 yet either :-) ) and some day's my eyes can be very blurry (doing a post grad MSc) exacerbated by continuous reading, computer work and study. I try to use the voigtlander mainly for landscape type stuff (when they're not blurry) and use my 35 f2 for everything else.
I went out with my 40mm (I accidentally left my 35 f2 at home). I guesstimated focus as I could not see a lot (including the focus confirmation) .
I'll probably just play safe in the future and ensure my 35 f2 is in the bag at all times
Last edited by totallynatural; 24th March 2009 at 01:38. Reason: spelling :-)
just keep doing what you're doing. The photos were nice. I did not really notice any focus problems...one thing you can try is to use the auto iso feature (if your nikon has it), and just set things at f/8...then set infinity at around 5.6 on the depth of field marking -- that should give you sharp results for most of this kind of photography.
Sorry to hear about your condition, I thought that there was something wrong with the lens or the camera. The 40mm is a very sharp lens but I guess the 35mm gives you more depth so it easier to shoot with hyperfocal settings, please continue posting.
Next season Omaha Theater Ballet is going to premiere a new ballet about the Amazon rainforest. And Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo has a fabulous walk-through rainforest habitat. Obvious promo-photo opportunity, right?
So we gave it a try last Saturday, and I learned a couple of things:
Pleasant surprise: A D300 works just fine even in nearly 100% relative humidity, and so do SB800s and 600s.
Unpleasant surprise: A soft box does not work so well in high humidity. It kept wilting and the wands would fall out.
Unpleasant but not exactly unexpected: I had to use CLS because we were in a tearing hurry (had to finish before the rainforest habitat opened to the public) and it was hard to get the flashes to fire dependably over even fairly short distances when there were so many leaves, twigs, waterfalls, etc. that could get in the way. I really could have used the new CLS-compatible PocketWizards that are due out in Q2! (I had two of the regular PocketWizards, but couldn't use them because then I would have had no way to set the power level on the SB600s. So much for Ken Rockwell's contention that the SB600 is just as good as the 800!)
Anyway, I feel I should have been able to do better given the fabulous situation... but this is supposed to be a FUN picture thread, right? And I thought these two were fun:
Using a green gel on the anaconda was as fancy as I was able to get. I wish I were able to do more creative stuff with lighting, but I never seem to get a chance to practice and experiment -- whenever I need to do it, we're always in a hurry and the stuff always has to come out, so I have to be very conservative. Maybe I should take a workshop or something...
As for the Ken Rockwell remark, I've found very few KR contentions I though were worth the time to read. Again, YMMV.
Spring trying to fight its way through.
D300, 200-400 VR:
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^^^ wow I wish I would have had thet lens in alaska!!!
Very beautiful photo, Lloyd. Fantastic dash of spring colour in the snow.
Nice and sensitive image, Lloyd.
old 28mm lens, you cant see crap but you can scale focus at least..
Playing around with the Broncolor Scoro in studio...
Cool shot and great technique David, I want to know how many eggs did it take to capture this?
Thanks, Marc. David, we had a dozen available but managed to do it with four. The exercise also included dropping jelly beans, pouring Club Soda into a glass, etc. in an attempt to see just how good the motion stopping capabilities of the Scoro pack are. We compared shooting the D3 on high speed (9fps) vs using the strobe effect of the pack with the camera on 2-3 seconds and found the former worked better provided the modeling light was off. The posted image is a bit of a cheat as we composited the broken egg shell in from another shot
Very cool egg shot, David. I always wanted to do shots like that, but I'm lazy, and my knowledge of lighting is not much to write home about.
Some circus fun today.
Thanks Jorgen! I used the D700 with the AF 85/1.4. I had the camera in manual mode ~f/2, shutter between 1/250s and 1/1000s depending on the action, and auto ISO up to ISO 6400. The shots I showed here were, in order, at ISO 1100, 2500, 1400, 6400, and 2000.
Last edited by Amin; 28th March 2009 at 18:06.
those circus shots are clear as a bell...nice..
Thank viablex and Lloyd!
I thought I would add this to the Bangkok collection
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And for something entirely different - but still Bangkok...
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John, those are both beautiful! Can you tell us more about them?
Nice shooting, Amin, and I particularly liked the way you worked the lights into the compositions.
First photo. - There was a parade in Bangkok this morning - I think people representing different parts of Thailand. And needless to say I now have 350 - 400 photos added to my Thai collection. Some of the parade consisted of floats, and a young lady was standing on the side of such a float, dressed as a statue. She enjoyed posing for the camera. Nikon D2Xs. 17 - 55 mm lens. EXIF details - f 3.3 at 1/160.
Second photo - reflections from a multi-storey building, which seems to have copper-colored glass. A nice challenge. 70 - 200mm. EXIF is f9.5, 1/60.
Both processed in Capture One, with minimal modification.