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    Excellent! How did you post process this photograph?

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    Hi George,

    RAW imported to LR 2.6 at default settings. Normalized histogram in LR, and did extensive targeted tone placement changes via paint brush tool, and also some global curves tweaking.

    Sent to NIK Silver EFX plug-in, used normal B&W conversion preset in Silver EFX and added significant red filtration, targeted to different portions of the image w/ the control points tool.

    Thanks for the kind comment.

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    Well Bob, I'm not really a rust kind of guy - but I am a railway kind of guy, so I like your coupling shots in particular! Very crisp and detailed - I bet they look great on a big screen or as a big print.
    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    Well Bob, I'm not really a rust kind of guy - but I am a railway kind of guy, so I like your coupling shots in particular! Very crisp and detailed - I bet they look great on a big screen or as a big print.
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    Bill,

    They do look very good....rust is just a reason to explore the wonder of Sony color!

    I have been on call for the past few days and this is one of the few places that has something to capture that stays within call range.

    As an aside, I struggled with the lack of lenses and overall system completeness of the Sony but kept coming back to two pictures I made with an A850 earlier this year...finally have begun selling off the Nikon and will live within the limits of this system as it grows. Amazing lenses and color is unrivaled in 35 DSLR.

    Sorry with the overposting as it were but I am trying to come to grips with the inherent fragility of the A900 files at 400 and above. Once I nail the workflow I will be more comfortable with my decision.

    Lenses on my to buy list include the ZA 135 and the coming 24 2.0. Your 70-400 looks unbelievably good for a zoom...I have thought of getting an older 400 HS but if the zoom is as good as yours I may not need to buy the older lens.

    Bob

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    Something different:

    All with the 50 1.4 - developed in DXO finished with CS4

    Lamp:



    Fishing Lures in Reserve:



    Valentine Gift:



    Bob

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    A couple photos from my trip to Japan

    Manpower vs Machine. a900 + Sony 35mm G


    Yellow boat. a900 + minolta 20mm



    And from shanghai
    view from hotel at early morning. a900 + minolta 20mm




    new year vacation

    a900 + sony 70-400 G

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    Returned to Capture One now that 5.1 is released...much faster and the noise processing is very nice.

    All the following with ZA 24-70 and developed RAW in C1 5.1 finished in CS4

    Old Skis:



    Cabbage Trio:



    Dining Room:



    Bob

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    re: Fun With Sony _____

    Hi Everyone - I'm afraid I've been spending too much time lurking on the dark side!
    Lots of great shots around here - Bob, I love your gentle interiors, and the rusting metal (always a favorite).
    Apras - I'm particularly fond of your vacation shot - sweet baby (and sweet legs too!)
    Now I'm going to lower the tone around here . . . . .
    We have a Puppy!
    Unfortunately he doesn't stop still too much, but the continuous focus on the A900 does a pretty good job.

    Here are some samples









    Then . . . add two weeks and a rainstorm:









    again - apologies for lowering the tone around here!
    If you haven't had enough:

    Lots More Pictures of Caspar
    there will be more

    all the best

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    Jono, Great pictures of a wonderful dog, Love the last 2.
    Bow WOW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post


    Bob, I love your gentle interiors, and the rusting metal (always a favorite).

    Lots More Pictures of Caspar

    there will be more
    Thanks Jono....

    beautiful pup...keep the pictures coming!

    Bob

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    First attempt with ZA 84 1.4

    Breakfast Table:



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    Docmoore

    REALLY nice perspective on both interior shots!

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    Docmoore

    REALLY nice perspective on both interior shots!

    Victor
    Thank you Victor...truthfully my wife probably deserves most of the credit for creating the spaces.

    Bob

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    re: Fun With Sony _____

    Quote Originally Posted by gogopix View Post
    Docmoore

    REALLY nice perspective on both interior shots!

    Victor
    X2!

    Wow, this is the first shot I have seen from the 80/1.4 that makes me think I have to have it.

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    one with CZ 85 1.4

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    this one Minolta 28 2.8

    great lens

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamesmd View Post
    this one Minolta 28 2.8

    great lens
    Both images are wonderful...love the 28.

    Bob

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    Here are a couple of pictures that I developed from the A900 ZA 85 1.4:


    Deacon's Bench



    Windsor Chair



    This is somewhat softer view - Duck Decoys on Glass



    Thanks,

    Bob

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    thanks Bob.

    Love de color of those photos (your ones I mean )

    cheers

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    re: Fun With Sony _____

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill_Green View Post
    X2!

    Wow, this is the first shot I have seen from the 80/1.4 that makes me think I have to have it.
    Yeah, if you can stand some longitudinal CA, the 85ZA is awesome.

    Great shots, docmoore!

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    Yeah, if you can stand some longitudinal CA, the 85ZA is awesome.

    Great shots, docmoore!
    Thanks, Douglas.

    I think the C1 5.1 does a great job with fringe and CA reduction...and at normal print sizes it does seem that only a few prints would be affected. At 4.0 and smaller aperatures it seems to be pretty much gone so for landscapes not too much of an issue.

    I avoided the lens at first but after demo-ing it here I knew that I could make use of the focal length.

    Bob

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    Sony A900 ZA 85 ISO 320:

    Old Tree



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    re: Fun With Sony _____

    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Thanks, Douglas.

    I think the C1 5.1 does a great job with fringe and CA reduction...and at normal print sizes it does seem that only a few prints would be affected. At 4.0 and smaller aperatures it seems to be pretty much gone so for landscapes not too much of an issue.

    I avoided the lens at first but after demo-ing it here I knew that I could make use of the focal length.

    Bob
    Unfortunately, although c1 does a good job with fringe and CA, LOCA is tough to remove with any program. Even at small web sizes, I see the green under the chair in the background of "Windsor Chair." Don't get me wrong, though. Wonderful shots with my second most used lens.

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    Douglas,

    You are correct. I had to look at the picture a couple of times to pick it up as I am writing on a Net Book with a small screen ... did not even notice it prior to your reply. I will look at the original file tomorrow...it is a funny place for CA as it is not an area that has a large highlight. I was pleased to see little CA along the filials of the Windsor Chair itself...much worse with a 35 Summilux in similar light on a M8.

    I have had little time to adapt to the Sony and the lenses but have to say that this lens draws such a nice image it will be one that sees a lot of camera time.

    I assume that for the occasional exceptional file that show long.Ca in prints I will resort to masking and color desaturating the most eggregious areas or using Silver Efex if I cannot get a decent correction. I love the focal length at 85 but will succumb to the draw of the 135...just need to divest a few remaining Nikon pieces to feel good about buying it.

    The Old Tree was exposed with ISO 320 after I read a thread by Iliah Borg concerning noise and the A900...does anyone have a feeling as to the lowest noise setting on the camera. I was pretty happy with the lack of apparent noise in the files at 320, seemingly not a lot different from 200. Today was the first big light day here...a week of overcast windy days gave way to brilliant blue clear sky day after a cold front moved through.

    I was reminded that Steady Shot while a help really is far from what this ultra resolution sensor likes....locked down with mirror up or shutter speeds at 1/500 or faster. Amazing files when everything is perfect and very very good files in a pinch.

    Bob
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    At wider apertures, the LOCA on the ZA 85 tends to show up wherever there is a dark subject on a white background. See: the back slats of the middle chair in your pic "Breakfast Table." All of that being said, it is certainly a wonderful lens, and the LOCA often goes unnoticed.

    I also shoot at ISO 320. As far as ISOs relating to noise, it goes something like this:

    ISO 100: simply a +2/3 overexposure of ISO 160, so only useful with jpeg
    ISO 160: lowest amount of grain, less DR than ISO 200, blotchy/color shifted shadows
    ISO 200: Most DR, nice amount of grain, blotchy/color shifted shadows
    ISO 320: slightly more grain, good shadows

    I use ISO 320, because of the shadow issue, which negates the DR advantage of ISO 200. The issues don't always show up in my images, because I often like to clip my blacks in the converter a bit to make them true black. However, when one wants to boost shadows to increase the DR of a scene, below ISO 320 becomes a problem. It's all trade offs.

    Anyways, sorry about the tech talk. Keep the images coming!

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    re: Fun With Sony _____

    More lovely shots Bob.
    Like my kitchen stuff, one is the interpreter . . . the boss makes the space!
    As far as CA is concerned - I don't have the 85 f1.4, I wonder how Aperture 3 would deal with it (I've found it to be really good with CA generally.)

    all the best

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    A stormy walk
    These are both with the lowly 70-300G (I still love it!)

    You can't do better than that flash of sunshine after a rainstorm.


    Pictures like this one above remind me how much I like the way the A900 deals with colour - it retains some subtlety and gets the balance just right.


    Nothing subtle about this shot (but I still think the colour is spot on).

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    re: Fun With Sony _____

    Great shots, Jono. I'm still using your WB color technique and loving it. Daylight or
    tungsten. Period.

    As for loca, I've tried just about every converter, and loca is hard to remove with any of them. I think it actually does contribute a little to the look of the lens, though.

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    I'd love to know the WB technique

    cheers

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    It's beautiful and simple. Shoot either daylight or tungsten. That's it. It really gives one a sense of how the camera sees color, and certainly reminds me of shooting film. Just say no to AWB. lol.

    p.s. although I sometimes shoot uniWB and change to one of the above in the raw converter.

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    Thanks sir , I'll do it .

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    A stormy walk
    These are both with the lowly 70-300G (I still love it!)
    Jono,

    Nothing lowly about those captures.

    Lovely.

    Bob

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    Thanks sir , I'll do it .

    Cheers
    Go There!
    Douglas is too kind though - it wasn't my idea originally . . . .I'm afraid my old age precludes me from saying who it was.

    The idea is that if you always shoot daylight in the daytime, then you really get to understand the camera (like using one film stock).
    Better than that, in the daytime it looks like daytime, and in a warm sunset it looks . . . erm . . warm and sunsetty!

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    Yep. I too took Jono's advice and I now always set up my WB the same way and it works! No more blue daffodil leaves Jono! That seems a million years ago now but I am forever in gratitude for your constructive critique on this forum.
    Cheers, Dave
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    A few more to add:


    Mandarin and Amber



    Heron Stalks



    Trees Down




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    Two more:

    Ducks Distant



    Old Barn



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    Great, thanks Bob! Keep 'em coming.

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    re: Fun With Sony _____

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Go There!
    Douglas is too kind though - it wasn't my idea originally . . . .I'm afraid my old age precludes me from saying who it was. (...)
    Sounds like one of robsteve's fundamental laws ...

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    A700 fun in snow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jjcra View Post
    A700 fun in snow
    What a gorgeous dog!

    Perfect captures too....

    Bob

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    Couple with a regional flavor:

    Wagon:


    Again:



    Family style:




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    A couple more - all A900

    Kids Play:



    Winter Toys:



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    Another A900

    Love the Color:



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    I love coming to this site and seeing all of the lovely work you guys produce. I rarely have any time to shoot any images. But I love the educational aspect you guys provide.This is only my second post here in GetDPI. I shoot the A-700 and A-100 when time permits(work a lot and shift worker). I'm holding out to see what the A-700 replacement will end up being. But you guys are tempting me to make my full frame camera acquisition happen first! Thanks for all of the lovely images. Whenever I get to make some, I'll try and return the favor for some critique!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steen View Post
    Sounds like one of robsteve's fundamental laws ...
    HI there
    Of course - it was robsteve . . . I just took it and ran with it.

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    Sierra of Madrid today , they say a lot of snow is coming these days

    ZA 85

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    this is the glass palace , Madrid in the park "El Retiro "

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    A900 all:

    Heron in Landscape Format:



    Waiting on Spring:



    Bright Light:



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    A900

    Choir of Cow Creamers:



    Dinner Party Success:



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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    What a gorgeous dog!

    Perfect captures too....

    Bob
    Thank You Docmoore. She is an American Eskimo.

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    A few more from my 700. I hope to get a 900 this yr.

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