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Curtis, another very nice cactus-detail!
Reading and thinking about 85mm-lenses, clouds and so on I remembered a picture taken last year.
It's not a good photograph, but taken with an unusual camera-lens-filter combo:


Nikki's older sister, my 85/1.8H with a Hoya R72-filter on top and a D3s at the mount
exposure was 4seconds at f/8 and ISO200 - the shot was underexposed about 3 stops
trivia about the subject: the locals were sore because "Hollywood" used our lighthouse for the "Shutter-Island"-advertising ;-)



Mar 29, 2013 at 04:22 PM
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Curtis: Unpeated eh? That's a new one for me!
Love what you've captured with Nikki thus far

That's rather cool, Dean. So is the whole village abandoned? That'll be some serious urbex work down there! Inspired by Josť and Pompeii perhaps



Mar 29, 2013 at 06:08 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Of course, without a tripod that is a bit of a stretch for me. And I don't have the tripod mount for that lens, so I don't often use the lens with that extender,


Curtis,

for shooting long glass while moving around, I prefer a monopod. Smaller, lighter, easier to stuff in your camera bag when not in use. I've shot 600mm f4 + 1.4x and 2x that way for years, and if you don't sit in a blind waiting for animals, it does the job. The tripod collar you're missing is a 15 minute DIY project.

Riding to work today I saw two images that were begging me to take the plunge and get a 600 f4 again, although I can't see how I would pack that monster on my bicycle, with or without monopod.

Peter







Mar 29, 2013 at 06:24 PM
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p.2591 #4 · p.2591 #4 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


CGrindahl wrote:
I'm eternally contending with use of the Clarity slider and the Contrast slider because of how they remove some of the softness I appreciate in an image.


Clarity increases contrast only for the mid tones, contrast globally. Polarizers don't do any of that, they just filter out stray light, and with that affect the color tone.

I rarely use contrast, and only occasionally tweak the clarity, while I do spend a lot more time adjusting the tone curves in RAW, and especially the adjustment brush tool, which lets you selectively tweak almost anyhing you'd do in photoshop non-destructively before you even load the file. With the Adjustment brush, you can for example apply clarity only to the area where you want to have more pop in the mid tones, whithout touching the rest of your image and your sweet bokeh you want to protect.

I learned all of that on youtube. I am not a licensed Photoshop therapist, just a 12 step program graduate



Mar 29, 2013 at 06:31 PM
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p.2591 #5 · p.2591 #5 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Ok, so I'm going to send Curtis the hood I bought from Ray a while ago for Nikki's twin that I have, and just bought one from KEH to be sent to me in its place. Nikki should go home with all the gifts she accumulated on her trip around the world Should anyone happen to find the hood, they can just send it to me instead Off to the Post Office to drop the hood in the mail now


Mar 29, 2013 at 07:05 PM
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Found one more set of images from my stacking experiments last week - this is my hiking buddy "Mousie" wearing his new scarf. This little bean bag dude has been in my kids' backpack or mine for many adventures. Here he finally got a proper studio portrait session. His head is less than 2 inches across.

Taken with the 105mm f2.5 @ f11 1/60s, I think, D600, using the full set of K1-5 tubes, which is about 40mm I , two remote strobes. This is a 7 image stack.






To show you what the stacking effect is - here is one of the 7 frames that went into the above image - this is the second one with the nose tip in focus - this is f11, not some f2.5 bokeh shot:






that sun bleached nose up close in 1:1 pixels






Full image here

This takes just a few minutes in Photoshop, and on the camera I only turned the focal ring a little but for each shot. Nothing scientific. You do need plenty of memory on the computer if you want to do this with full resolution files, though. My XP 32 bit system with 3.2GB max RAM couldn't do this.

Peter



Mar 29, 2013 at 07:06 PM
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Inspired by the education from adjustment by selection. I tried something I always wanted to do








Mar 29, 2013 at 07:09 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
I'll second Laura's comment Mark about the TC-201. I've used it on the 300 f/4.5 AI-s ED-IF with fine results. Of course, without a tripod that is a bit of a stretch for me. And I don't have the tripod mount for that lens, so I don't often use the lens with that extender, but rather one of the 1.4x versions. Hopefully, you'll soon get some warm weather and brighter light to use you rediscovered prize.


Thanks Curtis and Laura for your advise. the 300mm 4.5 is exactly what I wanted to use it on and I do have a tripod that I frequently use so the slower shutter speeds won't be an issue for certain subjects and I think looking at the effect on the 55mm it may even make the DOF look better on the 300. Some more playing coming up I think.



Mar 29, 2013 at 07:15 PM
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I see a purple! Select color range - invert?




Mar 29, 2013 at 07:39 PM
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raboof wrote:
Inspired by the education from adjustment by selection. I tried something I always wanted to do


Wow Chuong...reminds me of purple haze.



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p.2591 #11 · p.2591 #11 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Here are a few from around the farm. All with the 55mm f2.8.





Jed







Mud Season







Sign of Spring!




Mar 29, 2013 at 08:22 PM
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Leighton, there used to be a Jimi Hendrix song once upon a time, but the question is how do you remember that through the haze

Cloudy yesterday so gave up on the chained TC idea. Sun's out right now, so there is guarded optimism about a try at the moon in a few hours. I played around with the TC-301, TC14B and the TC 16A to see if the combo worked together and with the 500 F4 P. The TC14B's interface doesn't jive with the other TCs.

So what I can do is TC301 and the TC 16A for a 1600mm FL with the 500 F4 P. A test inside seemed to work pretty well on a magazine about 20-25 ft away, seems like good edge sharpness too, wide open. The lens was just sitting on a long QR plate on a counter, with a book propped snug under the camera for stability.

The aperture shows as the one on the lens, even though at F/4 I believe the effective aperture of the contraption was ~ F/13. The focus confirm dot just disappeared completely, no flickering arrows either. But with enough light, live view focusing worked pretty well.

No time to download and post the test shot yet, but hopefully later tonight I will see what happens at infinity with the moon for a real test.

Samy



Mar 29, 2013 at 09:01 PM
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Chuong I love the purple shot!
Leighton you must be on my wave length. I took the 55mm out today as well
Great shot of the "sign of spring"



Mar 29, 2013 at 09:02 PM
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saph wrote:
Leighton, there used to be a Jimi Hendrix song once upon a time, but the question is how do you remember that through the haze

I wasn't talking about the song!



Mar 29, 2013 at 09:03 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Chuong I love the purple shot!
Leighton you must be on my wave length. I took the 55mm out today as well
Great shot of the "sign of spring"


Thanks Ray. Great minds think alike.



Mar 29, 2013 at 09:05 PM
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Thanks everyone for the nice comments.


raboof wrote:
Dean - Abandoned village...WOW! If I were there, my D700 probably will need a shutter replacement once I am done shooting Awesome shots.

Chuong - I nearly cried when I stepped off the boat ... it was like finding gold


MarkdV wrote:
Wow, just beautiful.
I think I read an article on this place recently, after the last bond film came out there was a series on the abandoned islands that the bad guys lair was based on. Great to see it after reading abut it.

Thanks for the info, Mark - I never knew that.


pburke wrote:
Love it - has a real old world feel to it. Color graded, or is this the actual light?

Thanks, Peter. I used a Portra 800 film preset from VSCO as a starting point and then played with the white balance, contrast, shadows, vignetting and highlights to try and give them an "otherworldly" type appearance. Some are shot at F/1.2 which gives the outer parts of the frame a dreamy & low contrast look. I love my 50/1.2


Oosty wrote:
Dean - really good pics of the little salt field! maybe it was used up?

Thanks, Pete - you're probably right. Will be interesting to see what they do with the island ... I think they should just leave it as is and donate the place to photographers


Zichar wrote:
That's rather cool, Dean. So is the whole village abandoned? That'll be some serious urbex work down there! Inspired by Josť and Pompeii perhaps

Yip ... whole place abandoned but apparently the two organic farmers live there most of the time now. Had to google "urbex" , but yes, there will be many more visits to explore this place



Mar 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Here are a few from around the farm. All with the 55mm f2.8.


Wonderful, Leighton.

I love the look on your dog's face ... those loyal doting eyes. Jed looks like a champ.

The 55/2.8 never fails to deliver the goods.



Mar 29, 2013 at 11:02 PM
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p.2591 #18 · p.2591 #18 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Really nice shot Leighton


Mar 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM
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Wow, I'm just catching up on this week's photos and the amount of creative work is impressive!

Ronny, the results you got from the 180mm and a 2x converter is much better than I would have expected. Very nice.

Welcome John, great dog!

Curtis, beautiful landscapes and your close-up work with Nikki and the PK-13 is in a league of it's own.

Peter, the first lightning photo you posted is amazing.

Scott, I really like the look of the frozen pond and the composition of the rebar shot is excellent.

Laura, the M&M's are a hoot!

Rafael and Jose, great bird and moonshots. Your rigs, and the results you get from them, are pretty impressive.

Ron, really nice antique look on the shot of the building.

Kevin, wonderful portraits.

Welcome Jim, great colors!

Mark, I love the shots of the farm animals and the pink hue of the little piggies.

Craig, welcome, really nice ones from Estes Park.

Jose, the brickwork series is fascinating and really well done.

Dean, great bike series and I love the look of your "Little Salt Field" photos.

Thanks Georg, wonderful photos the past few days. "Driving Snow" and "Spring is Late I and II" are my favorites. Also, there is something about the composition the the Lighthouse and clouds that really draws me in. Great work!

Ray, love the golden colors of your Egret shot.

Goran, really like the 105mm with extension tube shots.

Mike, welcome, nice Central Park shots. The first one is a real beauty.

Chin, love the look of the "Sogglu" pano.

Peter, beautiful work on the lake shots and thanks for sharing your stacking insights.

Chuong, very cool colors.

Leighton, that's a wonderful portrait of Jed. Love the composition.









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Mar 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM
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p.2591 #20 · p.2591 #20 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Only up to page 2709
Is the Nik software bundle
download only or does it ship

Reagan



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