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georgms wrote:
Played with 2 Fisheye-lenses at the Baltic Sea this late evening - it was cold, cold, cold (a stiff breeze came over the open sea directly from Ronnys beautiful country ;-).
I've never tried to shoot some stars before and while I'm not happy with the resulting images I could have done worse (tipping the tripod over, for instance).

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8265/8616876065_ac5898beb9_b.jpg
the lights at the horizon are from ships or my Danish neighbors - D3s, ISO12800, 30sec 16/3.5 at f/5.6


Nice composition and star detail Georg.



Apr 04, 2013 at 01:57 AM
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pbraymond wrote:
One just for fun, quite a bit of PP in LR (for me anyway) to get the pop! 55 f2.8 AIS Micro


Nicely done. Where is Rocky, or Higgs, or Jed, or.................



Apr 04, 2013 at 02:00 AM
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kwoodard wrote:
I like these. Shooting at night is tough when you have man-made light in the area. For 30 second exposures, I am not seeing a lot of star trails, did you use something to keep the camera aligned with the stars?


30 seconds with the 16/3.5 will produce star trails - but they are tiny compared to these image sizes. It gets worse on the D800 if you want to use all the pixels. Anyways - at these small images sizes you can't see the trails and these images look great!

John



Apr 04, 2013 at 02:12 AM
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Georg, great night sky photographs!

I was playing around with some star shots over the weekend as well and wanted to post a couple that were converted in sep2.

In the first, there was quite a lot of ambient light from the city of Palm Desert. I captured fewer stars, but liked the way the light highlighted a stand of palm trees.

The second was shot to the north. There's a bit less light from town and the Little Dipper can be seen next to the palms.

As a novice in this type of photography, I'm amazed by the light these sensors can record at night.

Cheers, Jeff.




Palms at Night Nikon D800 Nikkor 28mm 2.8 ais 25s f2.8 ISO 100






Little Dipper Nikon D800 Nikkor 28mm 2.8 ais 25s f2.8 ISO 100




Apr 04, 2013 at 05:39 AM
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D600 and the 180mm 2.8 AI






Apr 04, 2013 at 05:52 AM
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pbraymond wrote:
One just for fun, quite a bit of PP in LR (for me anyway) to get the pop! 55 f2.8 AIS Micro

Nicely done Ray



Apr 04, 2013 at 05:53 AM
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georgms wrote:
Roberto, nice to hear from you. I see the blankets on your beautiful picture - still no spring in Italy?



Thank you Georg, no spring in North Italy yet, the year before I had lunch outside in Venice on march 18.

I like the second one a lot

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2744#11461841

keep on exploring this kind of pictures.



Apr 04, 2013 at 07:57 AM
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Couldn't make the color version do what I wanted so I tried it in Silver Efex2
I tried several different ways
50 1.8 ai-s
We also ate lunch here thanks to my wife
Need to watch some tutorials
Do you see anything you would have done different?

Reagan







Apr 04, 2013 at 11:31 AM
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Hello!!

All morning and no Leighton?

Reagan



Apr 04, 2013 at 01:33 PM
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NightOwl Cat wrote:
went to the R&D gallery of the NMUSAF today, in between the injection and the bone scan. Foot is still in "the shoe" as it's still swollen enough that I can't put a regular shoe on.

Processed these both the normal way I do, then ran them again through NIK, kept forgetting to change the lens database, so it may or may not be right....







I like this one the best out of all of them.



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Georg - I like the first one with the pylons, but could you straighten the horizon!

Ray (OH) - love the hydrant, you did a nice job.

Jeff - Is the halo around the palms from processing? I like the effect of the palm movement in the second one.

Ray (FL) - I really like the first one with the 180. This is one lens I don't use often enough.




Apr 04, 2013 at 02:12 PM
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Nice shots, Laura.

Something might be useful...






Bigger version here: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/22102440/FRED/DSC_8059-big.jpg



Apr 04, 2013 at 02:15 PM
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Reagan wrote:
Hello!!

All morning and no Leighton?

Reagan


I'm back! I had to go get a test done this morning early, thus my MIA.

As far as your image is concerned (since you asked), it looks a tad flat to me. Try increasing the whites and blacks in LR. Click on the white slider and while holding down the alt key in Windows or the opt key in Macs, slide it to the right until you just start to see whit specks show up. Do the same procedure with the black slider. If you get too many specks then you've gone too far and will start blowing out things.



Apr 04, 2013 at 02:17 PM
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pburke wrote:
at iso 16000, do you know what's a star and what's a hot spot on the sensor? guess in black and white it all becomes stars



Peter, very good question! I've never looked at hot pixels before and was quite alarmed after reading your reply. Tried several high-ISO long-expoosure shots with the lens-cap on and can happily report, that the hot pixels are in the minority ;-)
Seriously, the exposure was kinda rich and together with the SilverEfex-treatment even "dim" stars show up brightly.


jhinkey wrote:
30 seconds with the 16/3.5 will produce star trails - but they are tiny compared to these image sizes. It gets worse on the D800 if you want to use all the pixels. Anyways - at these small images sizes you can't see the trails and these images look great!

John


John, thanks again! Some stars are displayed as very shorts trails indeed, I wasn't sure if this was caused by earth-movement (star-trails) or maybe an optical defect. Is there another rule-of-thumb for the longest possible exposure-time?



Apr 04, 2013 at 04:06 PM
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Chuong, thanks a bunch for firing up my lens-lust again! Saved the very useful chart.

Reagan, sorry, I'm unable to formulate a useful processing hint. I could post "my" version of your bench-shot if you don't mind.

Ray (from the Sunshine-State) - beautiful blossoms taken with the 180/2.8Ai!
I really like the second shot - the 180ED might be sharper, but I really love the rendering of the white flower here. Great work!

Jeff, I like your star-shots a lot. Great work with the foreground (I think I will try to get some trees ore maybe a surfcasting-fisherman in the foreground next time). Ditto on the amazing sensors. Btw, I've installed a free program called "stellarium" on my Mac, amazing how little I know about astronomy.

Ray (from Ohio) - the Hydrant is beautifully taken. I like the processing - very natural looking.



Apr 04, 2013 at 04:24 PM
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p.2613 #16 · p.2613 #16 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Thanks all
Georg .. Always appreciate feedback on my photos .. good and bad
Agree that there maybe is not very skin-friendly .. being
experiment with Vsco Film .. seems to work pretty well on some images they obtain an analog sense

Ray.. Love your flowershot
Very good pictures of airplanes
Great shots Jose
Great B/W Reagan and flowershot
Great shot Jeff
Really nice Georg



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Apr 04, 2013 at 04:24 PM
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georgms wrote:


John, thanks again! Some stars are displayed as very shorts trails indeed, I wasn't sure if this was caused by earth-movement (star-trails) or maybe an optical defect. Is there another rule-of-thumb for the longest possible exposure-time?


15-20 sec max - that's partially why the 24mm f1.4 is on my wish list

or you get one of those nifty

" target="_blank">Polarie star trackers






Apr 04, 2013 at 04:28 PM
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Leighton, Roberto, Jeff, Scott, Reagan, Ray & Ray, John B - thanks for your kind words. I'll try this kind of stuff in a warmer night again.

Here's another image taken with the neat 16/3.5, because my neck was still not broken after pointing the lens up yesterday, I've tried again:

foyer of the local university (est. 1419) - the restoration is still in progress, D3s, 16/3.5 at f/8



Apr 04, 2013 at 04:34 PM
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georgms wrote:
foyer of the local university (est. 1419) - the restoration is still in progress, D3s, 16/3.5 at f/8


my local German University looked more like large generic concrete modular construction with cheap styrofoam hung ceilings (Kassel) - this is rather fancy




Apr 04, 2013 at 04:41 PM
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pburke wrote:
15-20 sec max - that's partially why the 24mm f1.4 is on my wish list

or you get one of those nifty

" target="_blank">Polarie star trackers




Thank you, Peter! Maybe I'll try the AF-S 28/1.8 (excellent optics in plasticky case). The tracker-thingie is a bit "rich" for occasional use.



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