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Curtis, great to see you're having fun with the NIK-plugins and Nikki. I love the plant on the wall - simple and beautiful. The composition of the B&W Bay-shot is great as well, for my personal taste the mid-tones are a bit too light.


Mar 31, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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pbraymond wrote:
A nice 55 degree day .....



Ray, I like the whole set! Great work on the textures and colors/tones. Personal favorite is "Lake Edge I" - fabulous!



Mar 31, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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kwoodard wrote:
I have one usable and two other nearly usable (on my D7000) pre-AI lenses that are a joy to use. They have a look and feel unmatched by AI and later lenses. I am debating having my 50mm 1.4 and 35mm 2.8 converted so I can use them on my D7000. They are beautiful examples, so I am struggling with the decision. What do you folks think?


At about $30 a pop by John White it's a no brainer - go for it!



Mar 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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saph wrote:
Still waiting for a clear night to try the moon with the 1600mm contraption, but in the meanwhile here's a few at the Washington zoo earlier today. The winter finally seems to be on the way out, clouds and wind stayed away all day.

The 400 5.6 AIS got the most work at the zoon, with the 135 f2 coming in handy for indoors animals.

Samy

Lions at the zoo (400 AIS at f11)
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Chinese alligator (135 f2 at f/4)
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Turtle (400 AIS at f/5.6)
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Orangutan (400 AIS at f/5.6)
http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b530/sa_maryland_fotofun/DCZoo/Orangutan_zps4a383f9a.jpg


Samy, very nice set! I like the Orang Utan the most/best. I like the framing/posture and the simple and effective work with just two colors.



Mar 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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More excellent images Curtis. The plane is worthy of the "Mustang" thread.

Reagan , I love the wedding shot

Ray - good lens and temperature match.

Samy - nicely photographed animals, just sad to see them in captivity.

Jose - now I see why some women puit mud on their faces - it's a great preservative (I know I'll get hammered for that - no Laura, please ! No!)

Ronny - lovely cat. I can read it's mind!



Mar 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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Ronny, another fantastic series! Your timing is fantastic. I have the 300/4.5 IF-ED and my feelings about it are mixed. But good examples can be found fairly cheap (I paid less than 200 Euros for a clean example) so why not give it a try.

Peter, love the military planes. The propellor-movement is just right. Good luck for your bid on the mighty 600/4!

Jose, the Herculaneum-pano is fantastic! And I really like the images taken with the 50/2 Ai.
I've tried my copy of this neat Nikkor yesterday on the Nikon V1 and couldn't get a single sharp picture (playing at minimum focusing distance with the lens wide open). Have to investigate this issue further



Mar 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

Out and about with the D600. The first one is especially for Leighton

24mm 2.8 AIS F2.8 at 1/320
http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v70/p1507931266-4.jpg



Ray, as much as I like the goat-portrait, the image above really caught my attention: exemplary work with a 24 wide open and close-up.
I just love this look and you've found a very nice subject to demonstrate this.



Mar 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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Jeff, the "Shadow Hills" are beautifully captured. You are shooting on a very high level and with a distinctive look., so please take this with a grain of salt (or two): I would maybe shoot a scene like the "Shadow Hills" with something like the small rock and dead branch more prominently in the foreground. But that's just nit-picking. Hope you don't mind...


Mar 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM
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Dean, the nightly walker is fantastic. Beautiful shot of a human being lost in a marketing-ruled-world.




Mar 31, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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Yesterday I've tried again to shoot some sports with MF-Nikkors. The 135/2 Ais worked quite well for wheelchair table tennis (for table tennis in general).
A weak spot of this fine Nikkor is the tendency to show longitudinal CA's even under normal shooting-conditions.


image not cropped, 135/2 Ais on a D7000 at ISO2000, 1/640sec at f/2.8-4

Some hours later the local inline-skater-hockey team played a test-match against a team from Copenhagen.
I had the option to shoot through a safety-net or without protection from the boards. Here are two images from the boards:

factory-Ai'd 105/2.5 at f/4, D700, ISO6400 and 1/500sec
focus could have been a bit more precise and there was some fear-induced camera-shake ;-)


the good ol' 105/2.5 worked nice for the near goal - cropped just a bit
same technique and issues with focusing and camera-shake as above ;-)

later I've tried to shoot through the safety net, an option I will further investigate at the coming matches:

a boy practicing during a break - D700, AI 55/1.2 wide open, but I could easily stop down to f/2.8 without visible net

Btw, the shots above are not processed in any way, just cropped a bit (or not) and resized during "save for web" - with some PP the pictures will be technically good enough for a fairly-sized newspaper-print.



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I've been experimenting with image stacking on a really wet lousy weekend. Nothing to do but eat, drink and experiment.

This is Combine ZM, freeware off the net, which looks as if it has great potential. I also bookmarked the Help section wich explains how to use it. This example shows how good it is with poorly lit subjects ( window available light, fine JPG)

A 2 shot stack using the 105 2.5 wide open on a tripod. Exif for exposure time only.The last image should be cropped to deal with the "artifacts" - all full frame

















Mar 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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Nice experiment Peter, but you really need to be using Titleist!


Mar 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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Thanks folks for the input on the zoo images. Peter, you are very correct. The flip side though is that zoos provide awareness to visitors on the diversity and beauty of animal species, and the fact that so many of them are endangered. The orangutan is down to about 50 - 60,000 individuals. Hopefully among the dense throngs of people at the zoo yesterday, there were many who came away with more appreciation of biodiversity.

There were species yesterday I had never come across before, like this boat billed heron. Very likely though that Jose is familiar with this heron species, its based in Central and South America. The way it was positioned the wide bill is not evident.

Both images with the 135 f2, the heron's at f/2.8 and the owl at f/4.







And a burrowing owl. These are in Florida too, its my last visit there about a year ago I first heard of these:












Mar 31, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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Georg I really liked the table tennis shot and the concentration on the player who is playing the ball. The 135 f2 is a delight to use.

Peter, looks like you are the latest to get into the focus stacking trend. That's a nice example with the golf balls!

Samy



Mar 31, 2013 at 01:03 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:

Nikki's presence has definitely pushed photography to the top of my agenda for the last week.

http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cVg4DIAL2TE/UVJJL4oNLZI/AAAAAAAAS4g/dL7kC11-rlw/s1000/85.1.8.HC.KnotInFenceClose.jpg


Having a new lens around can certainly inspire! Really enjoying your work with Nikki.




Mar 31, 2013 at 01:17 PM
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Zichar wrote:
Okay, reproducing this with a bit of background info...


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8111/8597387341_95f87d3221_b.jpg
sogglu by Zichar, on Flickr


From left...
The funny looking ship on three pillars is the Marina Bay Sands casino + hotels + restaurants + shopping and just about everything there is to be done, right at the base
Up top on the blimp is a sky garden and an infinity pool
Urban legend has it that the unique shape and architecture ensures the house always win; feng shui or which ever form of superstition/devilry you might attribute to
The lotus-like half-dome structure is the arts science museum

Moving right, the bunch of towers are the Marina Financial
...Show more

Chin, thank you for the commentary. Certainly a dynamic skyline.



Mar 31, 2013 at 01:20 PM
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Samy - the bird images are great. The heron looks like a Black Crowned Night heron after 15 rounds with a champion boxer

Re the stacking - I've always admired James Markus' stacked images which show amazing macro detail without compromising the background bokeh. Clearly I have plenty to learn but that's what this thread stimulates.

Leighton - these balls are winnings. I do play Titleist Pro V1

Georg - a very nice sports series. For many years MF was the only way to go with the long lenses and it makes one realise how good the great soprts photographers were.



Mar 31, 2013 at 01:21 PM
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Great images and banter everyone. Oh, as to who started the NMFAS virus, all I know is I did not have it before I started posting here!

Ron, nice signs of spring. It can't be too far off now.

Jose, wonderful bokeh play.

Leighton, is the kale set outdoors? No risk of frost in your area this early in the spring or is it frost tolerant?

Reagan, lovely chapel shot.

Ronny, that cat has a nasty stare.

Samy, great zoo shots. Looks like it was a nice day.

Ray, like the 55 degree day images.



Mar 31, 2013 at 01:35 PM
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mp356 wrote

Leighton, is the kale set outdoors? No risk of frost in your area this early in the spring or is it frost tolerant?

Scott, this kale and all our greens and lettuces are planted in our two hoop-houses, this way we can have product all year. We can cover it with frost blankets for a double layer of protection in the Winter. And in the Summer, we cover the houses with shade cloth to keep it cool. One house is 20x65, and the other is 26x48. here's a shot inside one of them.








Mar 31, 2013 at 01:45 PM
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Thanks Leighton,Peter and Scott

Reagan



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