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pburke wrote:
I'd love to - we could even share a tripod Do yo do ski touring? I went to CA mostly to ski, but it turned out too little snow for that this spring, and then I had too much for some climbs. Still good for photos, since short of in a total whiteout, the Sierra is always a great subject.

I've only been in the northwest once, many years back, St. Helens and Rainier, but didn't have the gear then to summit. Still on my bucket list...

I haven't done any ski touring - yet - I have all the gear and my climbing partner and I are talking about skiing back in around Rainier before the snow melts out, though our schedules are pretty busy.
We are going to climb Glacier Peak this summer - likely in late July or August (maybe even early September) - but not on skis . . . . It's a very very long two days or a more reasonable three day total trip back into the wilds. Climbed Rainier twice as well as St. Helens twice - so we likely won't do those anytime soon - Glacier is the only local volcano I haven't climbed. We were also looking at doing Mt. Shasta down in CA sometime soon . .

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Apr 29, 2013 at 04:27 AM
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It is official, I have joined the exclusive 200mm 1:4 non ai users group with this $32 purchase. The plan is to use the ai ring on my mint copy, or maybe I will just use it as is so I don't ruin yet another good lens, reportedly it has good glass.

Jose and Curtis, I am in.


$T2eC16Z,!zUE9s38+GrFBRdz02S9OQ~~60_57 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

PS. note the difference in ai ring shape to this photo below, this lens has three versions, the one with no screws in the bayonet ring needs to be cut to be ai'd, no ring for it, the #51 below has ridged aperture ring and works with the ones that have flat screws and ridged aperture ring; #50 on the photo above works on the ones with scalloped aperture ring.


nikon nikkor 200mm Q.C. f2 SB with D3 50mm HC by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Apr 29, 2013 at 04:52 AM
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rafaelcasd wrote:
It is official, I have joined the exclusive 200mm 1:4 non ai users group with this $32 purchase. The plan is to use the ai ring on my mint copy, or maybe I will just use it as is so I don't ruin yet another good lens, reportedly it has good glass.

Jose and Curtis, I am in.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8121/8690821921_9f0186157a_z.jpg
$T2eC16Z,!zUE9s38+GrFBRdz02S9OQ~~60_57 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

PS. note the difference in ai ring shape to this photo below, this lens has three versions, the one with no screws in the bayonet ring needs to be cut to be ai'd, no ring for it, the #51
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Very nice. Love me some lens porn.



Apr 29, 2013 at 05:39 AM
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Thanks to all for commenting on my stuff, much appreciated!


Ben - Thanks for the info on VSCO.

Chuong - I like the pink flower against the green BG.

Georg - Did you make the pianist nervous?

Curtis - Very nice images from the game. I like the last one of Nico with his tongue sticking out!

Scott - The light hitting the Skunk Cabbage is really nice. And I love the barn shot, wonder why?

John - I love the layers of colors that this pano has, well done. Peter is right, MS ICE does a really nice job with pano's.

Rafael - Greta light in both of these. Is that a Buick in the first one?

Josh - Good to see you again. And remember, grab the BBCode and NOT the HTML when posting on here for your images to show up.



Apr 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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Some Green Onions being prepared for market. Shot with the 28mm/2.8 ais. It looks out of focus, but if you look closely, you'll see the end of the one onion I was focusing on is sharp!


Green Onions/28mm/2.8 ais by Leighton W, on Flickr



Apr 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

Here's some fun with the D600 + 300mm 4.5 EDIF and a full stack of vivitar tubes, 68mm.

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v76/p1562539792-5.jpg


Ray, very nice idea and execution!



Apr 29, 2013 at 01:55 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Lots and lots of fine images lately. You guys are awesome!
Here's one from harvesting on Friday. 5 gallons of lettuce being spun dry.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8395/8687224666_fbc050fef9_c.jpg
Salad Spinner by Leighton W, on Flickr



Another fantastic idea and execution!



Apr 29, 2013 at 02:00 PM
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Lieutenant Z wrote:
From Oppède-Le-Vieux with the 180 and the 85 HC Ben forced me to buy ;

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/ufiles/83/804483.jpg



Philippe, classy and "atmospheric" set before this one, and in this one I liked the most this village (?) scenario: tack sharp and with your usual perfec PP!



Apr 29, 2013 at 02:04 PM
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pbraymond wrote:
Resorted to faithful golden hour chase yesterday morning. Got a couple with MF lenses I like. Not terribly inventive I know :-). Today is rainy and dreary in northwest Ohio.

Both with the D800 and 50-135 f3.5 AIS. I find flare tricky to manage with the sun in the picture with this lens, thus the omission of the sun within the first picture. I have others of the same setting with the sun in the picture with the 70-200 VR2, so there has been progress in the battle against lens flare. I tried to work for some form of artistic flare
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Ray, simply stunning picture!



Apr 29, 2013 at 02:20 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:

And one more or two more or three more flower shots before I head out and take photos of baseball... These were all shot with the 200 f/4 Q.C. AI'd without tubes... I really like this lens, in part because of its size but also because of its performance.


http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ow6J7YZlO7E/UXyvRNPfP1I/AAAAAAAAUgw/fiRCn-G7ZDI/s1000/200.QC.IrisPair.jpg




Curtis, what lovely flowers. Glad to know you liked so much this lens (my "fault" ).



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Hi gang, it's good to be back. Here's a quick one from the roof of the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. In case you have any doubts, I have it on good authority that, yes, this is fine art.






Boats Nikon D800 Nikkor 180mm 2.8 ais 1/500s f5.6 ISO 100




Apr 29, 2013 at 03:25 PM
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Wow, just 2 day out and you guys displayed so many great images.

Thanks Mihai, Georg, Rafael and Samy for the comments.

Rafael, great set with the 180 + TC16A, the flowers with "Nikki's daughter" are amazing, and welcome to the "200/4 QC club"!

Peter B, your work with the 20/3.5 continues to reveal excellent pictures and PP;

James, beautiful flower buds and the dragonfly 8 stacked image is jaw dropping;

Georg, another great picture with the 24/2: beleive it or not, this weekend I made a test of the 24/2.8 NC againt the maligned 24/2 ais and the latter won both at shot and infinity distances, including borders! It could be my copy but I will probably let the 24/2.8NC go;

Ben, very nice sets with the 24 PCE;

Samy, loved the unusual posing of the squirrel and the bokeh playing with the 5.8cm/1.4;

Chin, lovely "paladin queen";

Curtis, excellent triptych sequence, but you left me hungry

Chuong, very nice flower with the 300/4.5.



Apr 29, 2013 at 03:40 PM
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Thanks Leighton, Scott, Jose for the encouraging words on the sunrise shots. I've probably missed a few people on the willow and deer pics as well, but just know that it's appreciated.

georgms wrote:
Ray from Ohio - very nice work at the river! My fav is the first shot - what a beautiful mood, captured in a proper fashion.
Maybe you could have gotten a sunburst with the sun in a branch fork (when I try to get sunburst, I try to hide the sun a little bit to make it smaller).
A small movement of the camera can make a big difference.

Thanks for the tip Georg. I did try your suggestion that morning, and the picture I posted was about as good as I've could get on that day. I don't doubt that with the right skill and circumstance that it's possible to coax a sunstar from the lens. I'll put up a different version when I get home this evening, maybe I can learn from some tips form the gang here.






Apr 29, 2013 at 04:11 PM
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pbraymond wrote:

Thanks for the tip Georg. I did try your suggestion that morning, and the picture I posted was about as good as I've could get on that day. I don't doubt that with the right skill and circumstance that it's possible to coax a sunstar from the lens. I'll put up a different version when I get home this evening, maybe I can learn from some tips form the gang here.



My esperience with the 20mm f3.5 shows that the most success can be had by keeping the sun off center, f22, and underexposing heavily. With a camera like the D600, two stops under is no problem. You have to avoid that the sun area goes beyond the sensor's upper range, while pulling detail out of the shadows is usually still possible, and since it's back lit, you can have it a bit dark and it will still look correct. Or shoot HDR - the dark frames will have the sun burst, the brighter ones the detail you may lose.

Peter




Apr 29, 2013 at 04:20 PM
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pburke wrote:
My esperience with the 20mm f3.5 shows that the most success can be had by keeping the sun off center, f22, and underexposing heavily. With a camera like the D600, two stops under is no problem. You have to avoid that the sun area goes beyond the sensor's upper range, while pulling detail out of the shadows is usually still possible, and since it's back lit, you can have it a bit dark and it will still look correct. Or shoot HDR - the dark frames will have the sun burst, the brighter ones the detail you may lose.

Peter



Thanks Peter, will have to keep that in mind next time I'm out.

Ray



Apr 29, 2013 at 04:27 PM
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A few more with the 20mm f3.5 from the High Sierra, all on D600

feels like I processed this one a little too much, or at least the sharpening went over my usual limit f/8 1/320s ISO 100







f/8 1/250s ISO 100






f/11 1/125s ISO 100, polarizer. yes, it is that steep in the "chute" - also called "the blowling alley" for the constant rock fall danger







same place on the way back down f/8 1/32s polarizer ISO 100








Apr 29, 2013 at 04:35 PM
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Samy, very interesting bokeh play with the two tubes. Like the second pic best.

Georg, love the pianist, though I did not notice the third hand until I saw the comment on it.

Scott, nice use of color and neutrals in what I presume to be skunk cabbage rising up from the ground.

Rafael, the enchanted elfin forest looks like a great place to park and wait for something to happen with a camera.





Apr 29, 2013 at 04:56 PM
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pbraymond wrote:
Thanks Leighton, Scott, Jose for the encouraging words on the sunrise shots. I've probably missed a few people on the willow and deer pics as well, but just know that it's appreciated.

Thanks for the tip Georg. I did try your suggestion that morning, and the picture I posted was about as good as I've could get on that day. I don't doubt that with the right skill and circumstance that it's possible to coax a sunstar from the lens. I'll put up a different version when I get home this evening, maybe I can learn from some tips form the
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Ray, I was really curious about the possibility to get sunstars/sunbursts with longer lenses. So far it was easily possible to create sunbursts with lenses up to 35mm (with the sun partially hidden behind something).
With the full sun in the frame superwides like the famous 20/3.5 or the fisheyes work best (at smaller apertures, of course).
This evening I've tried the 180/2.8ED. To my surprise it was easy as well, with the same cheap trick: the sun should be partially hidden behind branches, trees or something else.
Unfortunately this doesn't work at short ranges, so I've tried to create an out-of-focus sunburst behind something worth a picture.
Here's a quick shot from this evening, not a really good picture, just an example to illustrate my experiment:

just a sunburst-test von georgsfoto auf Flickr
Nikon D700, onboard-flash at maximum power to act as fill, Ais 180/2.8ED at f/11, cropped a wee bit
Usually I would give a shot like this a hefty SEP-treatment, this is just the Fuji-Acros-preset and a mix of blue-and green-filter, no structures-filter applied.





Apr 29, 2013 at 06:04 PM
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georgms wrote:
Yesterday evening I had the opportunity to take some pictures of a pianist during his "warm-up" for a concert.
I hate to take pictures during classical concerts - my DSLR's are way too loud for most concerts and the completely silent Nikon V1 (in electronic shutter mode) is challenged at higher ISO-settings.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7044/8691112682_89d8437324_c.jpg
Nikon D3s at ISO1250, 1/250sec, Ai 24/2 wide open, a tiny dose of bounced flash


Just catching up and have been enjoying the extreme close-ups and the rich color of flowers, cacti, etc., yet this B+W conversion from Georg really grabbed me.

Mike



Apr 29, 2013 at 06:31 PM
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pburke wrote:
A few more with the 20mm f3.5 from the High Sierra, all on D600

feels like I processed this one a little too much, or at least the sharpening went over my usual limit f/8 1/320s ISO 100

f/8 1/250s ISO 100

f/11 1/125s ISO 100, polarizer. yes, it is that steep in the "chute" - also called "the blowling alley" for the constant rock fall danger

same place on the way back down f/8 1/32s polarizer ISO 100



Great images! I too find it hard to convey with pictures how steep things really are - sometimes they look steeper than reality while others they look not steep enough.

- John



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