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Fun with Nikon Images 2021

Jack

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Still playing around with B&W in C1. This majestic old oak was captured on yesterday's walk along a creek by our little cabin in the Sierras. Z72 and 35S lens at f8; then converted to mono, light sepia and added grain in C1. There are also a couple subtle layer adjustments done in C1 on this image. FWIW I am finding the layer tool in C1 enough improved for basic edits I no longer wait to do them in PS -- but for more complex masking and layer blending, PS still rules the day and by a hefty margin IMHO...

PS: In the very upper left of the tree you can see a small "blob" -- zooming into it, I can see it's a squirrel straddling the tips of the branch while he watches us, and somewhat surprisingly, the lens and body combo actually renders his ears clearly at that distance.

 
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Jack

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From today's walk, took out my 60mm petzval trying to find an excuse to like it... It's definitely a specialty lens, and I think I'm losing patience trying to find appropriate subject matter for it. Maybe I need to be in a mood, IDK. Anyway, captured this "wall art" stamped into a concrete wall at a local baseball field. It's really the most interesting image I managed. B&W done in C1 and most of the vignette is natural for this lens, though I did augment it slightly.

 

Jack

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Big Creek in B&W. Playing around first with my new Acros film style for C1, then with the new Dodge, Burn, Contrast, Shadow and Highlight style brushes -- very powerful post editing tools, especially when used on layers. This was a simple snap of a local creek, but one with a lot of different areas to experiment with the new tools on. feedback welcome.


Nikon Z7ii, 35/1.8S at f8, ISO 64
 
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Jack

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From today's walk -- and yes, I want to buy it! LOL

The more I use the little Lensbaby Burnside 35 Petzval, the more I like it. It is as sharp centrally as any modern lens, but has a classic Petzval fall-off blur and swirl in the oof background areas. This one was at f5.6. The vintage Bug screamed sepia to me, so that's what it got -- and ironically not too far its actual color; beige with brown fenders. Processed in C1:


Lensbaby Burnside 35 "Petzval" at f5.6
 

Darin Marcus

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Daren Wrote---->>>>" It's beginning to look a lot like springtime..."<<<<----

It certainly is!!

Early Springtime Cherry Blossom Tree. Washington D.C.

Nikon D700; Tamron 28-75mm
Looks good Dave!

We decided to skip the National Cherry Blossom this year (just like we did last year). We still tried to take a look from the car while driving around Tidal Basin, but the section between it and the Potomac was closed to traffic, and we had to cross back into Virginia. It seemed nice though (end of March).
We managed to visit the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens a couple of times this past week, and we will try to go to the Virginia Arboretum next week.
 
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D&A

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Looks good Dave!

We decided to skip the National Cherry Blossom this year (just like we did last year). We still tried to take a look from the car while driving around Tidal Basin, but the section between it and the Potomac was closed to traffic, and we had to cross back into Virginia. It seemed nice though (end of March).
We managed to visit the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens a couple of times this past week, and we will try to go to the Virginia Arboretum next week.
Hi Darin...thanks ever so much. Yes, getting down to the Tidal Basin & National Cherry Blossom Trees in Washington D.C. was a bit of a nightmare this year, with all the road closures as you mentioned due to both security as well as pandemic health concerns of possible crowd sizes. It required a combination of metro and being on foot. I will say the trees & blooms this year were some of the best of recent memory as I tried capturing them a bit differently this year, similar to the image I posted on page 29 (post # 563) in "Fun with Medium Format" . (link to page below):

(42) Fun with MF images 2021 | Page 29 | The GetDPI Photography Forum

The peak this year having been reached last Wednesday. The nice thing is there is always next year (and thereafter).

It's been quite a few "Spring's" since I was last at Meadowlark Gardens, so I would love to hear about (and see) of your visit. I recall its quite lovely at around this time of year. I don't know if I've ever been to the Virginia Arboretum. I've been to the National Arboretum though . Have to look that one up and learn more about it. Sounds like nice plans, enjoy!

Dave (D&A)
 
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Darin Marcus

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Hi Darin...thanks ever so much. Yes, getting down to the Tidal Basin & National Cherry Blossom Trees in Washington D.C. was a bit of a nightmare this year, with all the road closures as you mentioned due to both security as well as pandemic health concerns of possible crowd sizes. It required a combination of metro and being on foot. I will say the trees & blooms this year were some of the best of recent memory as I tried capturing them a bit differently this year, similar to the image I posted on page 29 (post # 563) in "Fun with Medium Format" . The peak this year having been reached last Wednesday. The nice thing is there is always next year (and thereafter).
Yes, I saw and liked the cherry blossom photos you posted in that thread!

It's been quite a few "Spring's" since I was last at Meadowlark Gardens, so I would love to hear about (and see) of your visit. I recall its quite lovely at around this time of year.
It was as nice as always. I will try to post a few more photos during the following days.
The blossom time is over now - the daffodils and tulips are taking over :)

I don't know if I've ever been to the Virginia Arboretum. I've been to the National Arboretum though . Have to look that one up and learn more about it. Sounds like nice plans, enjoy!
Its official name is the State Arboretum of Virginia (https://blandy.virginia.edu). It is a research facility associated with the University of Virginia, also open to the public. It is a bit of a longer drive West from the DC area, off Route 50, past Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville. It has a little bit of everything for everyone, including a Lebanon Cedars Alley - https://www.getdpi.com/forum/index.php?threads/share-your-tree-photos.15561/page-12#post-782733

I visited the National Arboretum in DC once, a long time ago (when the D700 was new...). I loved their Bonsai exhibit - https://www.getdpi.com/forum/index.php?threads/share-your-tree-photos.15561/page-8#post-780220
 
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