Corlan...Great To See You Again!
Corlan...Great To See You Again!
Nikkor AF 35mm f/2D
Very nice MHC.
DOF and details are impressive!
And thanks my friends for the kind welcome (back)
Just back from three days in Singapore. Boring weather, great company
All photos with S5 and Nikkor 105mm f/1.8 AIS at varying apertures.
Jorgen, sounds like a lot of fun. Beautiful subject, too.
Jump shot's excellent, and very well done. Wait, is it what the "S" thing on the dial for?
In Jorgen's case, the "S" setting on the dial is for "Superb".
decisive levitation moment, Jorgen
MHC: Great views with the Nikkor AF 35mm f/2D, the first one is dramatic
This is wonderful, Steen. Choice of light, composition, the (double, or even triple) contrast between the two visible subjects.
On the technical side, interesting DOF you get @f2 (or the Exif's wrong?). Probably an advantage of DX, which gets you more in the 135mm range with the 85. Perfect control in any case.
Steen, wonderful shot, wow!
Thanks all for your kind words.
Very interesting shot of the two sculptures, Steen. I particularly like how the details in the face of the first one come out. Did you have to do any pp to obtain that?
If you buy instant noodles in Singapore, the chances are that there's no fork or chop sticks included. Hotel rooms on the other hand, usually include two tooth brushes. Buy noodles, book a room, problem solved
S5 with 105mm f.1.8
Hello there lovely people. Just got tied up. I have not read any of the posts yet. Must be a picture fest!!
Apologies for that.
One from my trusted friend the ultimate in exotic optics..nikon 50mm f/1.4 af-d
on the d700.
Fantastic colours, Rayyan
I have tried in vain to use the chopsticks, in S'pore and elsewhere. No dice.
I stick to eating dates with a knife and fork[ without any luck either.
Thanks for the kind comments pal.
Welcome back, Rayyan, you were greatly missed around here...
Wonderful canal picture, rayyan, Venice I presume
Thank you Corlan, Osman, Jorgen and Steve.
I'm an Exif peeper myself and I wish others would leave the Exif informations in their files as well.
And in case they don't know how to do it, I wish somebody would teach them how to leave the informations intact with their preferred Raw converter.
I have learned a lot from Exif peeping. I use Opanda IEXIF for pc, it's extremely easy and convenient, you simply rightclick on an image and choose IExif, that's it.
With regards to the Depth Of Field in the picture I believe DOF would have been even more narrow with a larger (FX) sensor, i.e. with better subject separation and more blurred background rendering. Especially because with a larger sensor I would have gone closer when using the same optic for the same framing.
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Jorgen, the most important Post Processing was to choose the best profile: D2Xmode1.
These prefabricated Nikon profiles can be found in Capture NX and NX2, and according to Stuart Richardson also in LightRoom:
see his post # 8 in this thread: http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showthread.php?p=141871
Apart from this profile ("Picture Control Mode") I only added a tad of curve and 10 or 20 % sharpening in NX.
I actually did play a lot with this picture (which I rarely do) because in bright daylight the face of the wooden sculpture was barely visible at all on my laptop screen.
But I felt it ruined the strength of the image and just made it look silly when I tried to brighten the face, so I gave it up.
Just send me an email or a PM with your email address if you want the Raw file to play with, any of you.
And Jorgen, I love that Tooth Sticks photo priceless
Btw, I have just finished a job with documentation of a big painting collection. Basicly this is not all that easy colorwise.
But again the D2Xmode1 profile turned out to be invaluable for that purpose. In D2Xmode1 the colors are very real and accurate.
I recall others stating this as well, Corlan and Leica 77 come to mind.
I do admit that in many circumstances I use the Standard profile because I think I get more sparkling and pleasing colors, i.e. with a tad more saturation.
But I don't think the Standard profile is as accurate colorwise as the D2Xmode1 profile.
Maybe some day I end up being a total purist shooting exclusively in D2Xmode1
Re processing, D2XMode1 is good to match "true colors" (not saying that faithful colors/saturation are always the best or even the most suitable for many photographic needs). That said, i've found that with the last D700 firmware it was less a significant tip and that Neutral mode in NX2 or C1 profile was an excellent starting point. Even more flexible, and accurate in the end, but requiring more work in between.
In that regard C1's advanced color/"skin tones" tool are a strong asset -where NX selective tools bear different advantages.
A "funny" thing in C1: for D700/D3 files (D300 also?) the best curve/profile is repeatedly the D3X's... (+ either Neutral or Standard curve depending on the work at hand). But in turn, C1 does a terrible job with the D3X NEF files. Go figure. (i already mentionned that in other terms, but it's still quite frustrating)
From what i understand the new LR3 may offer a good compromise between the pros and cons of NX2 (workflow, slow) and C1, but i still did not find enough time to investigate this update on my own. Maybe soon.
Would be really interested in seeing your paintings work, and to hear more about your findings and conclusions regarding specific color processing techniques. Did, and still do, paintings and gallery work myself and there's room for improvement (still have to shoot a reproduction series with the D3X and the new light transformers though... most were made with the D700).
Wow, scary building, but I do like your Kenya pictures, Woody
Thanks for the useful tips, Corlan.
I cannot post the painting photos on the internet, but I can tell you that after some experimentation along with the owner of the paintings I ended up with an extremely simple solution.
Shooting in an atelier with daylight coming through a top vindow in the roof and light from a side window as well, meaning White Balance = Daylight: Direct sunlight (which in NX equals 5200 K).
Since it was cloudy weather all the shooting days, I experimented with Daylight: Cloudy, but the colors came out too warm, so the WB setting ended up staying at Direct sunlight all the time.
Picture Control Mode = D2Xmode1.
Carefulness with getting the exposure (histogram) right in the capture, so that no exposure and brightness tweaking was necessary in post.
No other post processing tweaking apart from adding 10 % sharpening in the conversion. That was all.
A true purist solution, no attempt to make the paintings look better than they were. Just hunting accuracy.
Firstly, my Greetings to all DPI members, their families, loved ones, and friends across the globe, a Happy Eid on the first day after the month of fasting; in the Islamic Calendar.
Thank you kindly folks for the welcome. Just popped in to see what was happening. Lots of superb posts.
My apologies for not singling any particular post . Superb work by all, as usual.
I continue with a small house renovation project that has become a monster!
The concrete was poured, and then had to be dug up etc. etc. It shall continue to be hectic.. A few images..
Thank you all and best wishes.
Some artwork can't be shot that way, though. Some cannot be moved for various reasons, some need extra DOF and smaller apertures. And then, some jobs are not only about reproduction, bit also giving some context such as the venue, gallery, atelier or visitors. Or you simply don't have time on your hands... or the right light at the time of shooting. In all these cases, you have to deal with either low, bad, and/or artificial lights , and lighting is required to adjust, compensate...
Plus, when a series has to go over several days (or simply times of a day) and in need of editorial uniformity, well let's say that controlled conditions are welcome )
Oh btw, before playing with the light temp in processing, for the task a good neutral card is a much welcome starting point. In that regard, the combination of the X-Rite Passport with LR3 looks promising since it apparently allows not only to find the neutral point but to build a whole profile based on the various colors on the card. Didn't look into it formally yet, at least for now... but a neutral card is already helpful.
P.S. love the Glyptotek shot. Great image, great b&w processing!
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Yes apparently the new 85mm AF-S is much better and not only for bokeh. First images available look very promising.
"That night in our tent I imagined that every sound that I heard outside of our tent was a hyena"
MHC: Nicely done. I like the composition, angle and the colors in the first.
Jorgen: Terrific photos from Singapore. The "jump" is very cool, but "street photo" is my favorite. I, also, understand the streets are clean enough to sit on.
Steen: Great light and focus. Just the right amount of light on the face.
Corlan/Steen/et al: Very erudite discussion (above my pay grade, though). Thank you, gentlemen.
Jorgen: "Tooth sticks"? The lesson here is always travel with a pair of chopsticks. Although, they'd be confiscated by TSA, if you were flying here.
Rayyan: Ramadan kareem. Breathtaking, iconic, colorful, photo of one of my favorite places on earth. Welcome back.
Woody: Nice mix of excellent photos Really like the beton brut airplane hanger. 18 stitches!
Steen: Well lit photo of the sculpture!
Rayyan: That's a lot of rebar for a house! You know that they make power tools to bend it?