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Ray, Ron, and Peter, thanks for the image comments.

Peter, your summary of this threads evolution was well said.

Curtis, you are knocking them out of the park with Nikki! Especially like the bike shop images and the lilly.

M1MGDOO (sorry don't know your name), beautiful work with the 28-50. I especially like the first one.



Mar 28, 2013 at 04:41 PM
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georgms wrote:
Welcome to this thread! I like especially your first shot for the very dynamic composition (I would have guessed it was shot with a shorter focal length). Great start, please keep your pictures coming.

Yes welcome but please put a name to your post or better yet add it to your profile.
Beautiful shots from central park!

Ray



Mar 28, 2013 at 04:41 PM
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Oosty wrote:
Reflecting on Samy's last post, I've come to realise just how much this thread has evolved since Curtis set us all off on the journey.

At first those of us who had a lens or two joined in with "normal" photos and then we had collective lens lust with many following on one person's lead to acquire more lenses and to show what could be done with them.

Then came the D7000 and D800 NAS and of course the D600 entered the fray.

Ben shared Nikki .. what a show of faith. How well rewarded.

Now we're into showcasing macros and
...Show more

Beautifully said Peter. I was speaking to the bicycle man yesterday about what we're doing on this thread. In fact, I've told the story to a number of folks recently as I've been giving Nikki a tour of the Bay area. I had no idea where things would lead after the thread began. One of the reasons I keep saying the thread belongs to all of us, is that I'm not smart enough to know what we should be doing here. It is far better to simply ride the wave. We have people coming and going, and as you say the focus of our attention keeps shifting.

Yesterday I was reading a quote I'd copied from a spiritual teacher who much influenced me on the topic of spontaneity. Here is what Jean Klein said...

To discover spontaneity one must go beyond the conventional morality fixed by society. Spontaneity is love and springs from the highest intelligence and integration. It is living moment by moment in the supreme art of self-surrender where conflict is unknown. Action which proceeds from thought, habit, emotion, blind urges and instinct is compulsive and cannot possibly be spontaneous. Spontaneity springs from meditative stillness. It cannot be pursued; no system or technique can teach you spontaneity. In fact one quickly becomes dependent on methods of exclusion and discipline and they lead to a state of reduced sensitivity and automatic and mechanical behaviour....Show more

I'd much rather trust the good will of this group than try in any way to direct this journey. That way I can simply stay in the moment and do what inspires me personally. The thread will take care of itself. It is in good hands...

Thus endeth the lesson for the day...



Mar 28, 2013 at 04:48 PM
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Okay here's a 14 shot pano that brought my machine to its knees
And paying it forward

Taken with the 45PCE just so I could qualify for this thread



sogglu by Zichar, on Flickr


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Mar 28, 2013 at 05:14 PM
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WOW, nice shot Chin.


Mar 28, 2013 at 05:15 PM
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Thanks Chuong
Hmm there's some crazy artifact-ing now that it's up in flickr, bleah



Mar 28, 2013 at 05:19 PM
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Awesome Chin! Man I love that shot. Rinie would be talking about the "blue hour..." Gorgeous!


Mar 28, 2013 at 05:26 PM
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Zichar wrote:
Okay here's a 14 shot pano that brought my machine to its knees
And paying it forward

Taken with the 45PCE just so I could qualify for this thread


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8111/8597387341_a8141f15e5_o.jpg


Beautiful shot! Love the colors...



Mar 28, 2013 at 05:49 PM
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^^^^^
I agree Chin wonderful shot!
It Looks like a ship on top of the three buildings



Mar 28, 2013 at 06:14 PM
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Jose - Love the leaf shot.

Georg - Wonderful flowers in the snow.



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Chin- FANTASTIC!!!


Mar 28, 2013 at 06:27 PM
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how do you follow something like this panorama?

Work commute pictures with my 20/f3.5 from this morning. I thought since everyone else is showing flowers, I should take the camera long and look for spring as well. Sunny on my bike route today, warmer than it's been in weeks. You can't smell spring quite yet, but it's just about here

First a self portrait at the highest point of my 13.4 mile route to work. This is hard to do alone - note the remote trigger in my right hand. D600, 20mm/f3.5 @f11 1/125s iso 100, remote fill flash (should have changed it to rear curtain)







another - this one at 1/60s, rest the same







Peter



Mar 28, 2013 at 06:59 PM
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Wow Chin, incredible.

Georg, as always your skill at creating striking B&W pictures is amazing. Hopefully more flowers and less snow soon.

Jose, love the 75-150mm with the enlarging lens, great shot.

m1mgd00 - nice shots with the 28-50 and I like the last one from the 105 as well. I hope we will see more from you and your collection of MF lenses soon.



Mar 28, 2013 at 07:07 PM
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Downtown Madison Spring 2013 images

Lake Monona, 20mm f3.5 @f22 1/100s iso 100 - frame 518 on this D600 and I spent 10 minutes removing oil spots with the healing brush... time to buy that cleaning kit #@$#%







Monona Terrace from right "in the lake" - if it was actually spring... so this is "on the lake

20mm/f3.5 @ f11, 1/125s, Marumi DRG polarizer (on all photos today) and remote fill flash on the ice







similar shot at the actual shore line, 20mm/f3.5 @ f11, 1/100s, flash, polarizer







and here a 4 image depth of field stack, hand-held. Really wanted to see how well that works. Other than having to remove oil spots on 4 images before blending, this worked quite well, but I still had to go in and rubber stamp clone a few details from the proper originals. All frames f11 1/160s, polarizer, iso100

this image has content from about 10 inches (ice on right edge) to a mile away (water tower on horizon center, other side of the lake)






crop showing ice 10 inches away in front of infinity shore line. You can see some artifacts, but this really only took 2 minutes in Photoshop to put together:








Peter


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Mar 28, 2013 at 07:08 PM
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m1mgd00 wrote:
Been lurking in this thread for awhile, so I thought I'd start to share. I've been using MF Nikkors since before there was AF, but my collection has grown in recent years as prices have dropped to absurd levels.

I went to the conservatory garden in Central Park the other day. Spring has only just sprung here (hopefully it will stick around), and there weren't many signs of life yet, but I came away with a few shots I liked.

These are with the 28-50 f/3.5 AIS.

And this one is with the 105 f/2.5 AIS:



Welcome - an excellent debut.

We'd love to know who you are as "M1etc" is a bit of a mouthful



Mar 28, 2013 at 07:13 PM
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georgms wrote:
Thanks for the kind comments on my recent pictures - much appreciated!
Here's an image taken a few minutes ago taken with the PC 85/2.8 D at an effective aperture of f/7.6


Goerg, I love the snowdrops - gorgeous!



Mar 28, 2013 at 07:15 PM
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Peter, great work all around, but I like the first one of you on your bike the best. That couldn't have been easy and what you came away with was well worth it. Good job!


Mar 28, 2013 at 07:19 PM
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asiostygius wrote:
These E-series at the time they were launched - people criticized them because "cheap construction", but compared to today's (most) plastic zooms this 75-150/3.5 is clearly better made.


Jose - this is a lovely demo of what a good lens can do. I've been impressed at Kevin's work with the E lenses. Fortunately (or unfortunately) none have been available in SA or I'd have been a buyer.



Mar 28, 2013 at 07:19 PM
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raboof wrote:
I have almost the same experience but with the 20mm f2.8 AF. The corner sharpness is worst than the 20mm f3.5 and the 20mm f4



Actually, I've found the opposite. I just compared my 20/2.8AFD to the formerly yours 20/3.5 AIS and my AF-D is superior, even in the corners to the 20/3.5 at all apertures. I suspect there is some sample variation at play here.

I have not had a lot of time to evaluate the 20/3.5, but it seems in my short time with it there is a lot of field curvature in those corners which may be playing a role here.

John


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Mar 28, 2013 at 07:24 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Yesterday I was reading a quote I'd copied from a spiritual teacher who much influenced me on the topic of spontaneity. Here is what Jean Klein said...

I'd much rather trust the good will of this group than try in any way to direct this journey. That way I can simply stay in the moment and do what inspires me personally. The thread will take care of itself. It is in good hands...

Thus endeth the lesson for the day...


You've summed it up. If we'd had any type of dictator at the helm the majority of the group would have gone elsewhere. Tolerance and freedom of expression (except for MF glass on anything other than Nikon!) are at the core of this unique thread.



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