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CGrindahl wrote:

Before heading to bed I'll drop a few flower shots taken with Nikki at Marin Art and Garden Center. Not much in bloom but always a lovely place to wander about. And Georg, these are shot at f/2. Nikki doesn't seem to want to stay at f/1.8 so I figure this is the best solution.

http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Pt4IEetNNcs/UVPG21pSbiI/AAAAAAAATAQ/mpsECogTsKc/s1000/85.1.8.HC.IrisClose.jpg




WOW !



Mar 28, 2013 at 01:46 PM
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deang001 wrote:
Very well said, Peter. Summed it up beautifully.


+100!



Mar 28, 2013 at 01:49 PM
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georgms wrote:
Thanks for the kind comments on my recent pictures - much appreciated!
Here's an image taken a few minutes ago:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8245/8596774039_128070e190_b.jpg
spring is late von georgsfoto auf Flickr
taken with the PC 85/2.8 D at an effective aperture of f/7.6



Very nice! Is this the micro PC 85?



Mar 28, 2013 at 01:52 PM
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I have almost the same experience but with the 20mm f2.8 AF. The corner sharpness is worst than the 20mm f3.5 and the 20mm f4



deang001 wrote:
Awesome, Georg ... but we expect nothing less ! You're super talented.

I wonder if the 20/3.5 is sharper than the 20/2.8 Ai-S at around f/8?

Maybe my copy was not the best, but the 20/2.8 is the only lens I've been disappointed with since switching to the D800e ... and in the corners mainly .. it never seems to sharpen up.




Mar 28, 2013 at 01:56 PM
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Thanks Georg,Scott, Peter and Dean for the comments.

John B, excellent shots, liked the most the river scenario - spetacular colours;

Goran, nice bokeh paying;

Georg, welcome back and what fantastic B&W snow and night shots!

Scott, loved the rust stuff;

m1mgd00, welcome and what a great debut set with the venerable and relatively rare 28-50/3.5;

Kevin, excellent dome HDR;

Samy, looking forward your results with that "heavy artillery' combo



Just a break from ancient cities,
this is an "abstract" + bokeh playing + 4T close up lens test on the 75-150/3.5 E:


Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 + 4T close up lens by labecoaves, on Flickr

Rain droplets on a leaf. A quick "real life" test with this combo.
D600 + 75-150mm f/3.5E @ ~150mm + Nikon 4T close up lens, hand held, ISO 1600, f/8 at 1/160s.
There is some "rumours" this zoom works very well with close up lenses.
Even at f/8, note the very thin DOF!!
These E-series at the time they were launched - people criticized them because "cheap construction", but compared to today's (most) plastic zooms this 75-150/3.5 is clearly better made.

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Mar 28, 2013 at 02:02 PM
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Jose, thank you!
Yes, "PC 85/2.8D" is my short term for PC Micro-Nikkor 85/2.8D. It's the first version of Nikon's Tilt/Shift-85mm's.
Your work with the 75-150 is amazing - beautiful droplets against the green background.



Mar 28, 2013 at 02:25 PM
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Thanks for the compliments all. These two are my first attempts at HDR, as well as the first time I have used Photomatics. The dome shot was hand held looking straight up. Wasn't in a position to lay down and couldn't get under the center anyway (statue there). The building shot had even fewer locations to shoot from. The old pileings were the least busy of the choices.

I am not a huge fan of HDR when things start looking fake or overdone. I prefer more natural looking ones.



Mar 28, 2013 at 02:27 PM
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Dean- The moped is great in B&W

Jose the Pompeii shots continue to amaze - really nice

Mark I love the livestock and your not in Virginia-who woulda known

Ray the Egret is really outstanding on the yellow water.

Scott the steel feather dusters are nice. Have not loved my 28-50 yet but I hope to soon

Kevin the dome looks really good in HDR

Curtis it is only appropriate that Nikki ends with you. The shots with it thus far are captivating. Keep em comin

Rafel the ship pic is really nice. I read about it and now you provided us with a good shot of it.

Leighton- you are a blabbermouth!

I am off to do what I do best. Acquire! Got a lead on the rarest of them all that might be coming up at an estate auction



Mar 28, 2013 at 02:32 PM
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Another one from the same flowers:

spring is late II von georgsfoto auf Flickr
I've tried to make the melting snow look as crystalline as possible - PC Micro-Nikkor 85/2.8D wide open this time



Mar 28, 2013 at 02:53 PM
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georgms wrote:
Thanks for the kind comments on my recent pictures - much appreciated!
Here's an image taken a few minutes ago:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8245/8596774039_128070e190_b.jpg
spring is late von georgsfoto auf Flickr
taken with the PC 85/2.8 D at an effective aperture of f/7.6


Very nice Georg. Well seen and converted. Thank you for the comment on my image.



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Love the flowers in the snow both in BW and color. Resilience is the name of the game for both humans and for our companions on the planet, both animal and vegetable. Spring is a time of new beginnings. We can all use those. Of course, we see the flowers rising through cracks of concrete as well. Where that urgency to live abides it is inspiring to say the least. Wonderful work Georg.



Mar 28, 2013 at 04:35 PM
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asiostygius wrote:
Just a break from ancient cities,
this is an "abstract" + bokeh playing + 4T close up lens test on the 75-150/3.5 E:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8229/8596719767_776e39d6b0_o.jpg
Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 + 4T close up lens by labecoaves, on Flickr

Rain droplets on a leaf. A quick "real life" test with this combo.
D600 + 75-150mm f/3.5E @ ~150mm + Nikon 4T close up lens, hand held, ISO 1600, f/8 at 1/160s.
There is some "rumours" this zoom works very well with close up lenses.
Even at f/8, note the very thin DOF!!
These E-series at the time they were launched - people criticized them because "cheap construction", but compared to
...Show more

Thank you for the comment Jose. I like the slice of area that is in focus with this image. How does the 75-150 perform with tubes vs the close-up lens?
Scott



Mar 28, 2013 at 04:37 PM
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Jose, i love your bokeh play. That is a rarity for you with your gorgeous photos of birds and your more recent travel photos. This proves there is an artist as well as a scientist lurking within. I like isolation with a narrow focal plane because it permits us to evoke feelings as we view an image. Your image does that for me. I really love this kind of work. Well done.


Mar 28, 2013 at 04:38 PM
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Ray, Ron, and Peter, thanks for the image comments.

Peter, your summary of this threads evolution was well said.

Curtis, you are knocking them out of the park with Nikki! Especially like the bike shop images and the lilly.

M1MGDOO (sorry don't know your name), beautiful work with the 28-50. I especially like the first one.



Mar 28, 2013 at 04:41 PM
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georgms wrote:
Welcome to this thread! I like especially your first shot for the very dynamic composition (I would have guessed it was shot with a shorter focal length). Great start, please keep your pictures coming.

Yes welcome but please put a name to your post or better yet add it to your profile.
Beautiful shots from central park!

Ray



Mar 28, 2013 at 04:41 PM
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Oosty wrote:
Reflecting on Samy's last post, I've come to realise just how much this thread has evolved since Curtis set us all off on the journey.

At first those of us who had a lens or two joined in with "normal" photos and then we had collective lens lust with many following on one person's lead to acquire more lenses and to show what could be done with them.

Then came the D7000 and D800 NAS and of course the D600 entered the fray.

Ben shared Nikki .. what a show of faith. How well rewarded.

Now we're into showcasing macros and
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Beautifully said Peter. I was speaking to the bicycle man yesterday about what we're doing on this thread. In fact, I've told the story to a number of folks recently as I've been giving Nikki a tour of the Bay area. I had no idea where things would lead after the thread began. One of the reasons I keep saying the thread belongs to all of us, is that I'm not smart enough to know what we should be doing here. It is far better to simply ride the wave. We have people coming and going, and as you say the focus of our attention keeps shifting.

Yesterday I was reading a quote I'd copied from a spiritual teacher who much influenced me on the topic of spontaneity. Here is what Jean Klein said...

To discover spontaneity one must go beyond the conventional morality fixed by society. Spontaneity is love and springs from the highest intelligence and integration. It is living moment by moment in the supreme art of self-surrender where conflict is unknown. Action which proceeds from thought, habit, emotion, blind urges and instinct is compulsive and cannot possibly be spontaneous. Spontaneity springs from meditative stillness. It cannot be pursued; no system or technique can teach you spontaneity. In fact one quickly becomes dependent on methods of exclusion and discipline and they lead to a state of reduced sensitivity and automatic and mechanical behaviour....Show more

I'd much rather trust the good will of this group than try in any way to direct this journey. That way I can simply stay in the moment and do what inspires me personally. The thread will take care of itself. It is in good hands...

Thus endeth the lesson for the day...



Mar 28, 2013 at 04:48 PM
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Okay here's a 14 shot pano that brought my machine to its knees
And paying it forward

Taken with the 45PCE just so I could qualify for this thread



sogglu by Zichar, on Flickr


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Mar 28, 2013 at 05:14 PM
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WOW, nice shot Chin.


Mar 28, 2013 at 05:15 PM
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Thanks Chuong
Hmm there's some crazy artifact-ing now that it's up in flickr, bleah



Mar 28, 2013 at 05:19 PM
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Awesome Chin! Man I love that shot. Rinie would be talking about the "blue hour..." Gorgeous!


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