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saph wrote:
Peter, that looks like a lot of fun with strobes!! But what are you doing to that lens in the first one??


I'm doing nothing - gravity is responsible for this image. It's a broken lens (loose glass inside), but it is remarkably waterproof, more than my remote trigger, I have to add...



May 13, 2013 at 01:47 PM
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Peter, you think that lens is fixable? Great shots all of them!

Been really busy at work, haven't had a lot of time to do much shooting. Couple from the last two weeks..

Buddies (PK13, 50/1.8E, handheld)


Buddies by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Did some mothers day portraits, most of the kids were uncooperative, but I did get one good one...


_DSC8292 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

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May 13, 2013 at 04:06 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
Peter, you think that lens is fixable? Great shots all of them!


I don't know. At least one element near the front of the lens is constantly shifting. I did a few test shots with it and it creates some rather insteresting distortion, with rarely anything in focus, even at f16, It didn't take on much water in the 10 drops I did - shows a few tiny water droplets on the inside now, but I think it'll dry out completely. I have tried to open the lens and can't even get the rear off - my tools aren't of the quality you need to really grip the screws and you can buy another such lens for the price of those tools.

So for now, I have pretty much written it off. I barely ever use my 24mm f2.8 AIS either, since the 20mm and 14mm are my main wide angles, above that I use the 24-85mm VR.





May 13, 2013 at 04:12 PM
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p.2722 #4 · p.2722 #4 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Shame the lens is busted. It looks to be on otherwise good shape. I have a handful of lenses that I am trying to repair. I have the tools, just hope I have the talent.


May 13, 2013 at 04:53 PM
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Who knows, the water might help to spread out the balsam between elements and the lens will stop shifting


May 13, 2013 at 04:56 PM
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Kevin, for all the concern you had when you first arrived about how you were processing images, I have to say that what you've been posting of late has been top notch. These two above are excellent. I love the work with an extension tube and the portrait is rather priceless. I imagine this little girl's parents will be very happy to have that photo.

Keep up the good work and good luck with the lens repair. Good eyesight and a steady hand are essential...



May 13, 2013 at 05:19 PM
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Great work Peter. Our friend Bert from the Netherlands who now lives in the Central Valley of California did some work like this some time ago when he was hanging out on the thread. I'm always amazed at the possibilities available for a creative person to play with photography. Very well done. A great way to spend an evening...


May 13, 2013 at 05:22 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Great work Peter. Our friend Bert from the Netherlands who now lives in the Central Valley of California did some work like this some time ago when he was hanging out on the thread. I'm always amazed at the possibilities available for a creative person to play with photography. Very well done. A great way to spend an evening...


It was too windy to hunt down flowers and bugs outside, and I remembered another youtube video when I was cleaning out the basement and was just about to ditch the fishtank (cracked glass) when I realized that I now had the remote triggers to try some splashes myself. This is all done on the cheap - SB16 flash ($20 ebay), old Canon 540EZ flash from the 90s, Yongnuo RF602 triggers, some gaffer tape and a black cardboard box. Had a lot of fun.

Two more drops - Santa with the ukelele didn't have waterproof color in his dress - that ended the session prematurely, although I was really running out of things I could think of to drop in there













and a little processing fun with the Nikkor splash








May 13, 2013 at 05:39 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Kevin, for all the concern you had when you first arrived about how you were processing images, I have to say that what you've been posting of late has been top notch. These two above are excellent. I love the work with an extension tube and the portrait is rather priceless. I imagine this little girl's parents will be very happy to have that photo.

Keep up the good work and good luck with the lens repair. Good eyesight and a steady hand are essential...


+1 I totally agree.



May 13, 2013 at 07:00 PM
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Scott I love your photos using the 28mm but I have to say that the falls using the 50mm is my favorite. Well done!
Georg the time laps is really cool and your nature church shots are top notch!
Alan what a precious shot. That one is a keeper!
Jose the berry shot is really nice but I find the light on the left a little distracting.
Rafael there are some great captures especially in your timing!
Curtis the car series is great but the live musicians takes first place. - Wonderful perspectives!
Peter I find your splash shots very intriguing especially the strawberries.
Kevin the portrait of the little girl is simply marvelous - well done!



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p.2722 #11 · p.2722 #11 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Here's a shot of the Caladiums taken at the University of Florida's teaching garden. I brought the 105mm 2.5 P out of mothballs today. It is such a sharp lens. F4 at 1/320




May 13, 2013 at 08:27 PM
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Ray - I love the red veins in the leaves, wonder what it would look like in B&W? And you're right, hard to beat that 105!


May 13, 2013 at 08:29 PM
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Thanks Curtis, Leighton and Ray.
Ray, agreed with you, the intention was to show the 6 blades effect at f/2.8.

Curtis, loved the musicians set, liked the most the bass player captures;

Peter B, fantastic splash shots;

Ray, gorgeous leaves.


Some pages ago there was a discussion on short telephoto bokeh.
By coincidence, a week ago I made a simple test between my current 85mm MF lenses at 10-30m of distance.


85mm "bokeh battle": the subject is a "banal", palm leaf at ~6m, with three leaves some 20-25m behind.

Just as a reference this is the general scene with the reddish rectangle showing the cropped area.


Bokeh-battle-85mm-general-scene-85mmf14-ais-wide-open by labecoaves, on Flickr

All shots straight from the camera/no edit - ViewNX2 conversion to jpge - FastStone Viewer - Printscreen command - CS5 resizing - save to web format.


Wide open:


Bokeh-battle-85mm-wide-open by labecoaves, on Flickr



At f/2:


Bokeh-battle-85mm-at-f2 by labecoaves, on Flickr


At f/2.8:


Bokeh-battle-85mm-at-f2.8 by labecoaves, on Flickr

I think the 85/2 wide open delivered the busiest bokeh. 85/1.4 is the best (?) and 85/1.8 K is near. What do you think?
Someday I will run a test at shorter distances to see the results.


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May 13, 2013 at 08:52 PM
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Agreed. The f1.8 K is pretty close to the f1.4. I just picked up a 1.8H. I hope it's similar to Nikki or the 1.8K above.



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May 13, 2013 at 08:58 PM
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I agree with your assessment Jose. We're all big fans of the 85 f/1.4 and your test demonstrates exactly what those of us who use the lens find so appealing. The bokeh is luscious. But the other two lenses are not exactly chopped liver... For those who don't feel inclined to buy the high priced spread, there are options. We all know the even older lenses such as the H and H.C. are solid performers. I love these tests you perform Jose. I can only assume you post such more often that John ONLY because he has twins that keep him occupied when he isn't busy making money to support his family. But both you guys add a dimension to this thread that is most welcome. Keep em coming...


May 13, 2013 at 09:02 PM
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The 1.4 is definitely the clear winner. But it's interesting to note that the bokeh improves with the 85 f2 at 2.8. Thanks Jose.


May 13, 2013 at 09:07 PM
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The 85mm1.8 K really is good but the 1.4 is king of the 85's
Thank you Jose and leighton. I tried my photo in B&W but my skills just are not up to the ones posted here in this forum. Maybe you can send me your recipe Leighton



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May 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
The 85mm1.8 K really is good but the 1.4 is king of the 85's
Thank you Jose and leighton. I tried my photo in B&W but my skills just are not up to the ones posted here in this forum. Maybe you can send me your recipe Leighton


just a quick conversion done with Camera Raw and Photoshop Channel Mixer - this is close to the Infrared filter preset, just a little less blacks. Probably could do more with the RAW file. Most of the contrast increase comes from changing the original in Camera Raw to a different contrast curve, plus a good dose of clarity before converting to black and white




May 13, 2013 at 10:24 PM
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More photoshop fun, this time with the 360 degree pano I did with the 20mm f3.5 at Mt. Whitney. Here the "poor man's fisheye" version from outer space:








May 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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Ray, love the leaves! Leighton is spot on - B&W works better for this shot.
I think your kinda naturalistic approach on the conversion works great for this subject. Good job!

Jose, thanks for sharing your 85mm-bokeh-test! Interesting results - the 85/1.8K wide open surprised me. I've never tried the manual 85/1.4, but it seems to perform just as beautiful like my old AF-D 85/1.4. The Leica Summicron-R 90/2 is wonderful in terms of rendition, but it's a pain to use on a Nikon (in my opinion).
Btw, love the small fruit with the 50/2 HC - I don't find the hexagonal highlight really disturbing.

Peter, woah, the splash-series is really fun to look at! Thanks for sharing.

Kevin, the portrait of the girl is really wonderful!

Curtis, very nice series from the concert! B&W works fine here. Looking at this set an old family joke crossed my mind: somehow the bass-players are always the best subjects (my sister plays bass-guitar).

Alan, the exhausted little guy is wonderfully captured. Don't give up the D700, film is great to work with, but a DSLR of the D700's league will always be a good mate for your analogue gear.

Rafael, your work with the 25-50 led to an instant ebay-search at my side of the pond;-) This lens would mix well with my primes.




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