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    Nikon D800 Aerial

    Where you can never have too much resolution is in aerial photography. I tried today the D800 with the 24-120 f/4 VR. VR was set to active (useful for high frequency shake). Shot from a 1947 Stinson plane.



    This is actually a crop from this shot:



    This is the first one I worked on and hopefully more to come.

    Here are the images also in full resolution:

    http://outbackphoto.smugmug.com/DOPF...onD800Aerials/
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Nice image Uwe -- and it definitely speaks well to the 24-120 too
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Is HDR involved in the post? Something (I don't know how to word it) seems blocked.

    This is an interesting topic/area. Please post more as you can.

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    >and it definitely speaks well to the 24-120 too

    You bet. Good to have VR too. I post later images how I shoot from the plane. Cannot have a longer zoom.

    >Please post more as you can.

    Will do.

    >seems blocked.

    What do you mean by it? No HDR processing.
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Is HDR involved in the post? Something (I don't know how to word it) seems blocked.
    If anything it's too flat for my tastes, but not blocked. IMHO not enough black, and not enough global contrast or micro-contrast (clarity).
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Thank you, Jack. I did not know how to put it (I said so).

    I understand that it isn't trivial to take a shot from a flying plane and appreciate all the things involved (including money) to capture aerials.

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    >If anything it's too flat for my tastes, but not blocked. IMHO not enough black, and not enough global contrast or micro-contrast (clarity).

    I shoot from 1500-2000 feet through a lot of air. Hard to get the global and micro contrast without crushing it. But this maybe not my final processing.
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    >plane and appreciate all the things involved (including money) to capture aerials.

    I am lucky because this is a friends airplane (from 1947). You could call is a historic plane because the original owner was Pancho Barnes (google it or watch the movie "The Right Stuff").
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Cool riding there Uwe - did you use a UV filter because through all that air that's looking pretty darned good to me...

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    >did you use a UV filter because through all that air that's looking pretty darned good to me...

    Yes, a Tiffen top filter. This was probably the best air I had so far. Not too hot.
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial







    Next time I try to use the Nikon 105mm Micro VR.
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Capitola shot version 2 :-)

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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    I plan to test the Zeiss 100mm for aerials with the D800. Maybe able to use it at f/4 for very high shutter speeds.
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    I think the biggest hindrance is the plexiglass window, but if that can't be avoided then I would consider the 200 f2 or the 105 DC.

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    >I think the biggest hindrance is the plexiglass window

    The window is open. So there is no plexiglass inbetween, 200mm is way to big with to narrow FOV.
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Good shot..!

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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Uwe, would you mind to download from Flickr the full size jpg of this aerial made with the pentax 645d and tell me your opinion in comparison with your experience with the d800?
    Thanks.
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    _IGP1551a by sergio lovisolo, on Flickr

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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    One would need a raw file because processing is a big deal here. I think the D800 should be match. What lens did you use?

    Our full sized aerials from D800 are here:

    Nikon_D800_Aerials - Digital Outback Photo
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Lens FA150 2,8 at F5.
    I am unable to download full size jpg on the page linked, am I missing something?
    Tomorrow I'll post the dng on FTP
    Thanks.
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    >I am unable to download full size jpg on the page linked, am I missing something?

    Should work. Right click on the image and use "save image as". Which browser?
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Safari. I get only a small copy.

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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Quote Originally Posted by sergio lovisolo View Post
    Safari. I get only a small copy.
    You need to open hte full sized image and then right click for saving.
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Biggest one I can open is X3-1600x1068. On top of images there is choice forS-M-L-XL-X2LARGE-AUTO. Don't find the full sized h t e
    Sorry, probably something I don't know.

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    Try again. I opened it right now for the original size. My fault.
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    OK Uwe, now the choice O (original ) appeared on top. The file seems extremely compressed, but with extraordinary resolution.
    Thanks, I am evaluating the d800 for my work.
    Sergio

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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    What I think went against you is the lighting. It seems to be harsh noon-time sun?

    I can't explain how that crop seems to be in focus, but the image it was made from seems awfully blurry.

    Here is an example of three images shot with Nikon, either D4 or D800:

    http://www.camerondavidson.com/-/gal...meron-davidson

    http://www.camerondavidson.com/-/gal...meron-davidson

    http://www.camerondavidson.com/-/gal...meron-davidson

    Cameron is a member here, so he will correct me if I'm wrong and they weren't photographed with Nikon.

    What I'm interested is, why is it that I keep finding conflicting information about which Nikon D800 to use for aerial photography some people say D800, others D800E. What does everyone here think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ustein View Post






    Next time I try to use the Nikon 105mm Micro VR.
    man that third one is really cool!!
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    Re: Nikon D800 Aerial

    Uwe, is it possible to fly lower? My limited experience is in a helicopter at 200-250 metres. Haze was not a problem, but it was in Iceland.
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