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    Tonight's full moon. 300mm f/4 w/1.7TC, f/11 @ 1/500 sec, ISO 200




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    Nikon D300 • Zeiss ZF 2/100mm • 1/800 sec. at f/8 ISO 400

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    Nikon D300 • Zeiss ZF 1.4/50mm • 1/2000 sec. at f/2.8 ISO 200

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    Fender fun? I like the second one the most, but think I would have liked to see more of the rope. Then it would have consisted of three elements. Now, it's more like two and a half. Lovely contrast between the sharp, wooden structure and the oof background though

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    Just popped in.
    Lots of Lovelies.
    Jorgen - you're disgusting - how you can get soooo many good shots is a mystery to me, and slightly disturbing . . . I think you need a slap.

    Terry, your new year shots are completely fab, congratulations.

    Bondo, the colours on your fender shots are gorgeous.

    Right - now it's time for bed.

    Hugs for all

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Just popped in.
    Lots of Lovelies.
    Jorgen - you're disgusting - how you can get soooo many good shots is a mystery to me, and slightly disturbing . . . I think you need a slap.

    Terry, your new year shots are completely fab, congratulations.

    Bondo, the colours on your fender shots are gorgeous.

    Right - now it's time for bed.

    Hugs for all
    Thanks Jono. The world is disturbing. I'm just a part of the general order

    Terry,
    I keep getting back to your new year shots. They get better every time I look at them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Thanks Jono. The world is disturbing. I'm just a part of the general order

    Terry,
    I keep getting back to your new year shots. They get better every time I look at them
    My friends whose wedding I was at keep saying want these "blown up big" I keep trying to tell them the files are dreadful.

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    Stopped by the Chabot Observatories in the Oakland hills today. They're open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights.












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    Thanks all, and Jorgen you are absolutely right about the rope, but the quay was in the way unless I had lied down on the wet and dirty ground.
    I know my approach should be to be prepared to do whatever it takes to get the shot

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    Some people, mostly men of course, have this strange idea that it makes sense to sail around the world on some kind of raft made mostly of carbon-fibre and carbon-fibre.

    When many men do this together, it's called the Volvo Ocean Race, and it's tough and spectacular, even when they are not moving.

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    Great shots Jorgen - as usual. How about publishing some of your screw-ups to make the rest of us feel a bit better ;>

    OT, but look at the diameter and heft of those (dual?) wheels/tillers - meant for the application of some serious torque.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    Great shots Jorgen - as usual. How about publishing some of your screw-ups to make the rest of us feel a bit better ;>

    OT, but look at the diameter and heft of those (dual?) wheels/tillers - meant for the application of some serious torque.
    I have to agree....wonder about a GET DPI workshop in Hong Kong...I have always thought that the best way to get great captures is to be in a great place.

    Jorgen, it is so nice to live vicariously through your photos.

    Thanks,

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    There are dual wheels so the helmsman's weight and/or view can be on the right side according to tack and conditions, but they are also linked so they can both be manned when extra strength is needed in brutal conditions.

    As much as I admire the skill and courage of round the world racers, I think they are truly nuts, a form of self torture, cold, wet, sleep deprived, for weeks at a time.

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    Rode my motorcycle out to Pt. Reyes Station along Hwy 1 in Marin County, CA. From there, headed south to the Marin Headlands to take some pics of the Golden Gate Bridge. The wider shots were taken with the D300 + 17-55. All the rest were with the 70-200VR + 1.7TC, usually maxxed out. Saw these horses shortly after leaving Pt. Reyes Station:







    All of these from the Marin Headlands overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge...















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    Gromitspapa,
    I like your compressed city views, particularly the dark one. Have you tried applying a bit of sharpening? USM radius 0.3, 120% usually pulls out more detail for web display. The Golden Gate details is nice as well. Wonderful lighting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitchell View Post
    There are dual wheels so the helmsman's weight and/or view can be on the right side according to tack and conditions, but they are also linked so they can both be manned when extra strength is needed in brutal conditions.

    As much as I admire the skill and courage of round the world racers, I think they are truly nuts, a form of self torture, cold, wet, sleep deprived, for weeks at a time.

    Best,

    Mitchell
    Thanks all for your comments. I flew down to S'pore yesterday morning and back again last night to get a couple of shots. Many hours on public transport to see something not so public, but well worth it. Unfortunately, real action shots are only possible being on-board or from a helicopter. Alas, I had access to neither

    These boats also have twin rudders, as only one wouldn't give enough "grip" in critical situations, and two angled leeboards in addition to an extremely deep keel.

    I agree that they may seem like complete nuts to do this trip. The next leg is Singapore to Qingdao in China, which is rather far north, and then leg 5: 12,500 nautical miles from Qingdao to Rio de Janeiro around Cape Horn. That's over a month non-stop in a sailboat that does 25 knots in 20 knots of wind, the mainsail is so heavy that it takes six crew-members to carry it when the weather is calm and where everything is wet always. Sounds fascinating, doesn't it

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    ... and another

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Gromitspapa,
    I like your compressed city views, particularly the dark one. Have you tried applying a bit of sharpening? USM radius 0.3, 120% usually pulls out more detail for web display. The Golden Gate details is nice as well. Wonderful lighting
    Good point. Sharpening is something I've yet to study. I've seen detailed tutorials and such mentioned sharpening certain color channels and such, so it looks like fertile ground. Bottom line, you're absolutely right. I was using the first slider to taste in the sharpening tool in NX2, which isn't scaled per your recommendation:



    I'm not a fan of oversharpening, and I was trying to re-create what I saw with my eyes. It was fairly hazy and the original image took a lot of contrast via auto light levels (or the same with the Nik filter Pro Contrast) to look better. This time I set the Picture Control back to Neutral (from Vivid w/zero sharpening) before hitting Auto Levels, saved to TIFF and imported into CS3 for re-sizing and sharpening. (I backed off the contrast some in the first versions). I like this result much better. Funny how you learn a good technique and you want to go back and re-do hundreds of previous images...






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    I did the same thing with the first image of the bridge, this time also removing the Nik GND filter I used to blue-up the sky. I think it looks more natural and better, too.



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    a late Christmas lighting (or very early )



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    You are right, the labels are different in Photoshop. Here it's called Amount, Radius and Treshold. When preparing images with lots of detail for web display, I generally find that keeping the radius for USM very low is the way to go, unless the photo isn't in focus or there's motion blur. 0.3 to 0.5 will do it, and then I vary intensity to adjust the end result, mostly to somewhere between 80 end 120%.

    For prints, it's a totally different story.

    Oh, and I never use auto anything. However clever Mr. Adobe may be, hes has probably never seen any of my photos, so how should he know how to automate them?

    I rarely use levels unless there's something seriously wrong with the exposure (which I try to correct in ACR anyway). Curves is a great tool, but there's a long learning process, and I'm not even half there yet. Brightness/Contrast is a good shortcut, but it's like using a Microsoft product: lots of things are happening in the background that I have no control over.

    For my taste, the dark version of the cityscape looks great now, while the other one looks a bit over-sharpened (the previous version was better), but that's my taste of course, so don't pay too much attention

    I haven't been in SF in a million years. I really should take the trip sometime soon. It's a great city

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    Steen,
    You call that late? Here, they "celebrate" "Merry Christmas" at least until Chinese New Year, which is then celebrated until Songkran (Thai New Year) in April. Some actually keep the decorations up all year. There's always something to celebrate anyway, isn't it?

    Nice photo anyway. Now I want to go to Copenhagen as well, but that will have to wait until August, when the weather is nice and I can have a hot dog and a Hof without freezing my butt off

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    Rob,
    I don't know if you can call this a screw-up, but here's one who makes me run around in circles pulling out the little hair I have left Will that do?

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    Those images are anything but screw-ups. I think they are very, very good.
    Beautiful and calm portraits in a natural and probably somewhat chaotic real-life environment, nicely blurred out here.

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    I just got to some from last year.


    D300, 10.5mm


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    Excellent fisheye capture, Vivek, not an easy lens to balance
    And nice black and white conversions, what software and method did you use ?

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    Steen, Thanks. I feel guilty that I do not use the 10.5mm often enough. It is a superb lens.

    Both are using the B&W engine in D300 (I tinker with the filter settings there for a given light/subject/setting). Jpgs resized with some contrast boost.

    After started using the G1, I have not touched my Nikons. Recently, I got curious and looked at some from a few months ago to look at the high ISO and noise characteristics of the D300 files. If it is image quality alone, I should not be using the G1!

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    Very nice, Vivek. Close up and personal

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    Interesting observation, Vivek. So what we need is the D300 sensor and processor in a small EVIL Micro APS-C package, right ?
    Nikon, wake up and get on the train, please

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    Jorgen, Thanks! With the 10.5mm one has no choice but to get close (why I should be using that lens more often)!

    Steen, I am pretty sure some of the concepts used in the G1 will take off. I wish all others would keep the M4/3rds registry or at least the mount intact.
    (as is there are way too many adapters!).

    Panasonic have been developing special sensors. I hope to see cameras for UV alone, IR alone and so on. This coupled with the modular possibilities to build as you need/want aspect make these very very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Interesting observation, Vivek. So what we need is the D300 sensor and processor in a small EVIL Micro APS-C package, right ?
    Nikon, wake up and get on the train, please
    That would be interesting. No one else seems to have nailed the CD AF as well as Panasonic. I wonder if they have a secret that no one else knows about. I guess with most people using MF lenses, that probably wouldn't matter to a lot of people.
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    I don't belong here any more

    Still, I was going through some pics from last year and found this:



    D3 and some lens or other

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    Jono, you belong all over the forum
    Voigtländer Nokton, manual focus nailed wide open, f/1.4
    Excellent dramatic portrait of a predator.

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    My Harblei Super-Rotator finally arrived and I am starting to learn to use this fascinating lens. Here is a test pano created using only the lens' shifting capabilities (and a dollop of PSCS4 to glue them all together):


    Full sized image is here.

    Here is the requisite camera porn:
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    I don't belong here any more
    What Steen said. Yes, nice shot of whatever that cat is.

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    Jono, you absolutely belong here as well, and that's a great cat shot, with your signature written all over it

    You are hereby granted permission to visit the Nikon forum at least once a week, to say nice things about photos created with F-mount cameras

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Jono, you belong all over the forum
    Voigtländer Nokton, manual focus nailed wide open, f/1.4
    Excellent dramatic portrait of a predator.
    Thank you Steen
    It was time to go out for dinner, and I was being hassled to get in the car!
    isn't exif a wonderful thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    What Steen said. Yes, nice shot of whatever that cat is.
    Vivek! Wonderful to see you around here again. The cat is called Echo, she lives in our house, walks over the surfaces, shreds rolls of kitchen paper in the night-time, attacks the other cats and panders most shamelessly to my wife.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Jono, you absolutely belong here as well, and that's a great cat shot, with your signature written all over it

    You are hereby granted permission to visit the Nikon forum at least once a week, to say nice things about photos created with F-mount cameras
    And thank you too Jorgen - dreadful cat, still, I'm working through last year's stuff in the cold winter evenings, deleting about 86% of it (and that was only about 40% of the original) and trying to make some sense of what's there, so there may be more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by etrigan63 View Post
    Here is the requisite camera porn:
    Wow, Carlos . .. try fitting that in your pocket!

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    The Hartblei is a medium format lens bolted on to a 35mm mount. Produces a tremendous image circle. I am trying to get used to it as a non-CPU lens (my first). Any suggestions? I have already defined it to the camera and it's the default selection when a non-CPU lens is mounted.
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    Carlos,

    Any CPU on a T/S lens is worthless. Even Nikon would accept that. So, don't worry. You aren't missing much.

    Among the more reliable metering options with a T/S lens (when you have the lens recognized in your D300 as something which btw is also irrelevant) is spot metering (center weighted less so and avoid matrix metering). You would still need to set your own shutter speeds for a given ISO, scene, light.

    Yes, AFAIK (from using 3 plus T/S lenses on Nikon bodies), metering manually is best. You need develop a "sense" of what the lens sees. If it sounds mystical, that is OK, If it isn't helpful, please ignore it.

    Hi there Jono!

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    Waiting, bored, outside

    S5 with Tamron @ 17mm and f/2.8


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    Wow! Jorgen!

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    bored COKE? . . . .why?
    Nice shot of course (have you ever taken a bad one . . . do you throw any away?)

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    Thanks, both of you

    Jono, I was bored, waiting for someone. She was late :sleep006: Coke is boring too, but it was before they opened, so no beer

    Yes, I take bad photos all the time, but I'm patient. Patient enough to wait for the subject to be where and how I want it, patient enough not to leave until I have what I think is right. I usually don't chimp, but pretend that I use film. It's easy to feel when everything falls into place. You can almost hear a different shutter sound when it happens, like if the camera is happy

    There are no golden rules, no rule of thirds or others that I can't remember anyway. The only rule is: become a part of the scene, see the scene as it sees itself. Become a participant, not a bystander. It takes time sometimes, learning to think like a glass of coke, but other than that, it's mostly a question of relaxing and letting go.

    That's the way I do it anyway. It works for me. No idea if it works for others


    Oh, and no, I never throw a photo away. Something that looks bad today, may suddenly look good tomorrow. You never know...
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    Thanks for the tips Vivek. Question, can aperture priority be used by stopping the lens down? The D300 has a little exposure meter on the top display that helps a lot.
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    Another snap from yesterday, over the lunch table. Having lunch with the chef always bodes for a culinary experience

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    Hello Jorgen et al.
    Great Images! One of my favorite vintage Nikkor lenses is a pre-AI Micro Nikkor 55mm f3.5. The accompanying digital image of our little pet was taken @ f3.5. The Micro Nikkor lens was attached to the new Lumix G1 body through the use of a couple of lens adapters. Best regards. Leica 77

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    Another one of my old snaps (50/1.8 AF on D300).



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