Many thanks to Lloyd, Otumay and Jørgen.
I did some potraits during an interview yesterday. After a few shots while he was talking with the journalist, I thought I'd try something a bit more formal, and ended up with this one. No flash and a D80 with a shutter that was terminally ill, so only every third click resulted in a photo.
D80 with Tamron 17-50 @ 38mm and f/2.8
For once, I'll post one that didn't turn out as it should. Unfortunately, he leaned forward just as I was taking the photo, destroying the framing. Still I like it, since it was the most relaxed photo in what was a rather formal setting (a business club at the top of some office building).
D80 with 85mm f/1.8 @ f/2.5
Jason: Thanks and thanks for posting!
Jorgen: Thanks for the info. Great businessman shots. Haven't seen striped suits and gold watches around here for a while. Maybe some lawyers and bankers downtown? Cheers, Matt
Some from early this evening at the park...
D3, 300VRI 2.8
Steve, 4 is great, 6 is fantastic
Here's the same image with different processing. The photo suffered from soft focus on the women in the middle. My efforts were to rectify that and make her the subject of the photo. The first photo was done my usual way with help from the LR2 adjustment brush. The second photo was taken into LightZone and more massively tweaked. Cheers, Matt.
D700; 85mm f/1.4; 1/2500s @ f/1.4; ISO 640
Jason: Very nice follow-up shots!
Osman: Here's some photos with the 200mm f/2. Really enjoyed your photos using it. Cheers, Matt.
1. D3; 200mm f/2; 1/200s @ f/5; ISO 1600
2. D3; 200mm f/2; 1/200s @ f/5; ISO 1600
3. D3; 200mm f/2; 1/200s @ f/5; ISO 1600
Matt, your bear series continue to fascinate me, but these are the best of all. You made a beautiful job of conveying the beast's (I mean the bear, not the 200/2) cuteness. Really, this should be what photography is about.
Wow, you guys've been active the last 24 hours
Forget the thesaurus: great, great photos.
Jason: sorry but i have to say that of one your shots leaves me totally unmoved. I let you guess which is it (hint: it's not the last one )
Jorgen: despite your nice photos -and i readily agree on the quality of the second one notwithstanding your D80 agony... i definitely don't want to be a accounting consultant.
Steve, all stunners here. The first and last one are top notch in my book. If not resulting from a crippling crop, the bench shot would make a huge, exhibition grade print.
Matt: the three last bear shots are so lifelike. Dunno what you changed in the processing, but it's very complementary to the former posted series. Here, especially in the first two, the bears remind of some hyper realistic paintings (can't put an artist name on it off hand).
Re your other photos' processing, i'm not too keen on the Lightzone version... and there's definitely a lot to say about the superb restaurant/ferry boat shot, but i guess i'm late in the duscussion on that one. Maybe you should keep this as an example in order to indulge us some day with a tutorial of some kind. Very smooth resullt, without the usual HDR, kinda overcooked look.
Or something like that
Steve... Wow!! A 300 VR, huh. Fantastic! I see you shots are realize I just need to get out of the house and shoot more!
Matt... how did you get a bear to pose. "right claw, up... lil more.. now your head.. tilt down.. eyes up.. BEAUTIFUL!"
Jørgen... love the lighting on the shots. Was a nice mix of natural light and a couple of strobes??
Playing around with Lightroom 3 Beta 2. I really like the new import dialog... much improved over the previous Beta. And, I'm LOVING the tethered shooting option!!! Just need to find a longer cord, so I'm not so restricted in movement.
D3, 70-300 VR @ f7.1 ISO 800:
That's very sweet looking, Lloyd.
Is the interface much different than ACR/CS4 (which i cordially dislike)?
And is this photo entirely processed in LR3? In that case it'd be nice to have an idea of what the original looks like. Really like the result.
Jason: your lightin' is kickin on the coktail shot.
But just two olives for me, though. Thanks.
Thanks! One of those nights where my wife went out and I didn't, so I figure I would have some fun experimenting. I wanted condensation on the glass, but it didn't happen. Guess I need to keep trying
Lloyd, since I don't do studio work, I've never shot tethered. I think I can do that w/ Aperture too. I wondered why they have 20' USB cables. Now I know why. Great shot!
Here's the unaltered (other than convert to jpg, resize, and sharpen for web; also done in LR3 Beta 2) version. Yes, I made all the adjustments in Lightroom 3 Beta 2
Lloyd, both colored and b/w versions have their own subtle beauty.
Thanks Lloyd, useful info.
Btw (i was harboring my suspicions), the original photo might look even better.
Say, as least as good an interpretation.
Very subtle orange tones, and the grey hues in the background are just perfect.
I'll give a try at LR3 next week
For some reason C1 Pro 5 is kinda disappointing with the D3X at least on some category of shots, where fortunately NX2 shines results wise (better than with D700/D3 material)... but these larger files make it slow again even on a computting powerhouse. This piece of software is simply not optimized. Maybe, in time...
Results wise it's definitely good enough, though with the speed issue it makes sense to have a look at some alternatives. Aperture isn't one, ACR/CS4 doesn't have the right profiles or workflow. Maybe LR3 ?
Again, lovely photo & interpretations.
Oh, regarding shooting Nikons tethered: obviously i don't know anything about the new LR3 beta version, but there's a real good cheap SW (on PCthat i use in studio with impeccable results and seamless workflow: NKRemote.
If LR3 feature works as good as NKR, they might have a customer just for that.
edit: on second thoughts, looks like the Nikon dedicated version might be only for Windows users, and there'd be an all-purpose verison ("DSLRRemote") for the Mac fellows. Possibly, for once we weendows users would be better off in regard to (photo)graphic SW? Hard to believe...
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Lloyd... love the PP. That was all dont in LR3? Nice!
I still haven't splurged on Nik yet. But seeing the conversions a lot of you guys do with it, I'm tempted for sure.
Steve/Lloyd/Osman: Thanks a lot.
Steve: I also have the "old" 300mm f/2.8 VR. I used it a lot on my bear trip with the TC-E1.4. Great lens. I hadn't considered schlepping it around the city! Nice move.
Corlan: Thanks. Not sure that i changed anything in the pp. The photos that I took on that trip vary dramatically in exposure, etc. Occasionally, I got it "right in the camera". I go back and forth with indulging myself with that kind of processing. Lightzone is a very good program. Works quite well with Lightroom and has a broad palette of controls from very subtle to extreme HDR. It's "relight" tool is worth the price.
Jason: It was fashion-week in Northern British Columbia! Three olives- nice photo.
Lloyd: Great B & W shot. Do you use the LR3 Beta just for processing the shot and generating a tiff. It's my understanding you can't go backwards to LR2 with catalogues? Will they be readable when the final LR3 comes out? Too many questions! The color shot has a very understated beauty to it.
Jason: The animal pairs are great. The seal shot is superb. I have a lot of photos of seals sticking their heads out of the water that have no redeeming qualities. That one's exceptional.
The entire Nik suite of software's worth it (IMHO).
Out being my wife's rolling aid station this evening. While she put in a quick 6 miles, I grabbed a few shots.
D3, 70-300 VR @ 270mm F7.1, ISO400:
D3, 70-300 VR @ 220mm F7.1, ISO400:
D3, 70-300 VR @ 170mm F7.1, ISO800:
D3, 70-300 VR @ 300mm F5.6, ISO400, Chainlink fence:
A "stall" girl at the Pike Place Market (is that PC?). Cheers, Matt.
D700; 85mm f/1.4; 1/160s @ f/1.4; ISO 640