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Hi All,

Been a while since I had the chance to get the camera out. Managed yesterday and it promply started raining so I put it back and very soggily went home again, but I do have 2 sets of photos I have been wanting to share from Garda and Verona in Italy

This set is from the city of Verona. I've shared some before from Verona with the 50mm but these are a few from parts I didn't get to last time, specifically the castly and the famous balcony.

These are all with the 35-70mm and it rained all the time + somehow I got sand in the focus ring, but such a well made lens was easy to clean and the conditions caused no issues.

The castle was the seat of military authority during the middle ages, guarding the river and the city. Being Italy the real power however was held by the families who controlled the money and this swung between rival families in bloodthirsty intrigue that would make the storyline of Dallas believable in comparison.
The castle guarded the bridge across the Aldige river and this is what derived the city much of it's power as this was one of few crossing points of the river. The ancient bridge was bombed in WWII and after the war the local historical society scoured the river for all the original bricks they could find and rebuilt the bridge, casting replacement bricks in the old technique as needed.

The Juliet balcony is the most famous landmark of Verona, except perhaps for the ancient Arena, and attracts thousands of visitors and letters each year. "Juliet" answers all the letters thanks to a team of local volunteers (although one wonders if the writers of these letters have read the play and what happens to the star crossed lovers at the end, maybe not the people you want to write for advise!)







Love locks at the balcony







It has become fashionable to touch the Juliet statue's left breast, not all approve though







People may wrtite messages to their loved ones on some walls







The castle and river







Bird and castle and a very rainy sky




May 02, 2013 at 03:49 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Very nice processing on that image Ray. Amazing what one can do in post. That is one of the reasons i so enjoy that half of the image making process. Well done!

leighton w wrote:
I agree, this one is better. The D600 files hold up amazingly well to just about anything you throw at them in post.

pburke wrote:
I must say that with the D600's extreme dynamic range I enjoy processing digital files even more than I used to like the black and white darkroom, and all that without the chemical buzz from the developing fumes. You can do so much with these raw files and pull out things you just don't expect to be in those files. I should post some before-after shots of some of my recent images to illustrate that.

Maybe one of these days we will have monitors that do show more dynamic range - right now you just get to see part of what
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When I first got mine I shot jpegs until LR updated. I was even blown away by how those were handled as well. After all, it's to be expected, the sensor is second only to the D800 in DR according to DXO.



May 02, 2013 at 04:30 PM
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Mark, I love the first and third shots in your set.


May 02, 2013 at 04:31 PM
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Reagan, congrats on your son graduating.

John, great pano. At least you know what to sell the image for now. Also please share your 24-85 comparison test (of course not on this thread).

Ray, I like the revised night shot. I would keep that tripod handy to fend off pesky alligators.

Peter, thank you for the comment.

Rafael, that is some hunk of glass!

Mark, nice series from Italy. I like the fourth image of the castle and bridge.



May 02, 2013 at 04:42 PM
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Jose, beautiful bokeh play with Nikki's "daughter."

Philippe, lovely antiques set.

Laura, great composition work on the plane shots. Now, get back to your homework young lady!

Peter, beautiful Azaleas. Hope you had a great time in the Eastern Sierra. It's one of my favorite places.

Scott, love the foreground tulips, stonework and gate shot. Really nice.

Thanks Samy. Great goose. Of the two versions, I'm drawn to the b&w.

Kevin, great portraits. When I was doing some lens research I found this clip discussing how popular Nikkor MF lenses have become with videographers, especially those using Canon bodies. http://nofilmschool.com/2012/03/manual-focus-nikon-primes-swiss-army-knife/

Ronny, really like the flower shot with the 135mm and tube.

Chuong, the red flower on green background is gorgeous.

John, $47? Well worth it! Great pano.

Mark, very nice set from Verona.




May 02, 2013 at 04:59 PM
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You definitely got a chuckle out of me Mark with the second shot. Perfect with the man at the right with his curious or disapproving visage. It is decades since I visited Verona but I imagine a place whose history extends back hundreds of years doesn't change that much decade to decade, at least not in the historic center. I stayed at a hotel close to this scene. It was magical. Of course, I'd met an American ballerina on the platform at Bergamo and shared an enchanting time with her, then drove with boyfriend to a caravan in the hills above Verona for an evening of red wine produced by the farmer on whose property their caravan was located. I spent my first night there. In the morning they "drove" me down to the city center, coasting the whole way because they couldn't afford gas. One of my fine adventures during that month long trip to Italy. That was 1975... where has the time gone...


May 02, 2013 at 05:21 PM
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saph wrote:
Ray, thanks, here's the goose in color. Peter, it found its missing catchlight


I like this much better Samy Thank you
Scott thats a great idea cause I hate those pesky alligators


Edited on May 02, 2013 at 05:44 PM · View previous versions



May 02, 2013 at 05:40 PM
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MarkdV wrote:
Hi All,

Been a while since I had the chance to get the camera out. Managed yesterday and it promply started raining so I put it back and very soggily went home again, but I do have 2 sets of photos I have been wanting to share from Garda and Verona in Italy

This set is from the city of Verona. I've shared some before from Verona with the 50mm but these are a few from parts I didn't get to last time, specifically the castly and the famous balcony.

These are all with the 35-70mm and it rained all the time +
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Love the look on the guys face







May 02, 2013 at 05:42 PM
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The statue made me think about one in my hometown, I've shot it/her a couple of times now. Here are two shots from 2009:


a bit too much flare for my liking - D700, Ais 20/3.5 at f/8



D700, one of my two Ai'd 105/2.5's wide open
I asked a friendly lady with a camera to pose for me in the background - she is rendered a bit too unsharp.
We exchanged the pictures later ;-)

This fountain-figure (or fountain sculpture) is from 1922, it was created by an artist known for his war-memorials.
Stolen 1993 (probably not for it's beauty, rather for it's value as scrap-metal), remodeled and stolen again 2005, this one is from 2007.



May 02, 2013 at 06:30 PM
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Georg that second shot has some amazing lighting. Although the lady is out of focus I am sure that the bokeh would not look as nice stopped down. I love the rounded lights!

Ray



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MDoc9523 wrote:
Georg that second shot has some amazing lighting. Although the lady is out of focus I am sure that the bokeh would not look as nice stopped down. I love the rounded lights!

Ray

100% in agreement!



May 02, 2013 at 06:50 PM
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Mark, very nice set from Verona! The 35-70 has some wild bokeh (very appealing to me - reminds me of the 35/1.4 in this matter).
Love the guys look on the Juliet-shot. "Castle and river" would make a perfect subject for a stitched pano.

Rafael, I'm in love with the pictured action-finder Wow, very cool set-up. Thanks for sharing pictures of your gear!

Ray, I prefer the second version of the nightly scene by a wide margin.

John, at first i've thought $47 refers to the price of a print-shop (a picture well worth to get printed fairly large). I like the second shot a lot too.
Sorry about the sneaky "parking enforcement person". Chuong is right on the money - sell the picture to the city.

Samy, while the goose looks good in color too, I still prefer the B&W-version.



May 02, 2013 at 06:52 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
100% in agreement!


Ray and Kevin - thanks! The old 105/2.5 did very well here, I'm not sure that the same picture taken with a 85/1.4, the 105/1.8 or the 135/2 would look much better in terms of bokeh.
The light was really harsh this day (as seen in the wide-angle-shot) and I usually shoot against the light under this conditions. I took some pictures with the 50/1.2 Ais as well, but those lack character.



May 02, 2013 at 07:06 PM
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Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Thanks

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8403/8699724762_605d5bf852_b.jpg
NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s tc-200 teleconverter by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8552/8699641962_a8a8bd9dab_b.jpg
Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



Spetacular shots Ronny!



May 02, 2013 at 07:06 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
Very nice! I like this one a lot.


+100!!



May 02, 2013 at 07:12 PM
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Georg, both are nice but second one really does it for me. Well done!


May 02, 2013 at 07:16 PM
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a café in Lourmarin with Nikki's sister :









May 02, 2013 at 07:18 PM
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pburke wrote:
Samy,

I think Jose has the 600/f5.6 - saw a lot of his posts on this site and others. The 500mm f4 is a lens a good friend owned back in the 90s and I know it can deliver the goods, but I always felt my Canon's 600mm reach (or 840 with 1.4x) was better suited for what we did (motorsports). The 1.4 was really perfect, hard to notice on any shots. 2x converters were soft and we rarely used them, and apparently these days that is still true even for the latest glass.

Since I posted this morning, I've found a
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Peter, not much to add here, since I have the 600/5.6 ais, not the f/4 version. Anyway, I just suggest you to consider the TC14E, filling off a small metal tab allows this TC to work flawlessly with any long MF lens. I suppose optics are slightly better than the TC14B.



May 02, 2013 at 07:23 PM
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georgms wrote:
The statue made me think about one in my hometown, I've shot it/her a couple of times now. Here are two shots from 2009:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8411/8702807996_811d3ce931_b.jpg
a bit too much flare for my liking - D700, Ais 20/3.5 at f/8

.

Georg, liked both, but this is splendid!



May 02, 2013 at 07:27 PM
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Thanks Philippe, Leighton, Georg, Ray (Ohio), Scott, Ray, Samy, Ronny, Peter (SA) and Jeff for the very kind words.

Ray (Ohio), loved the Azalea 3;

Scott, for me your 50/1.4 SC has a beautiful bokeh;

Samy, loved the B&W goose portrait;

Kevin, great shots with the 80-200/4.5;

Philippe, another great set with "Nikki's sister";

John, crisp and sharp pano with the 45/2.8;

Mark, loved the Verona set and the history lesson.



May 02, 2013 at 07:35 PM
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