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Jeff, the "Shadow Hills" are beautifully captured. You are shooting on a very high level and with a distinctive look., so please take this with a grain of salt (or two): I would maybe shoot a scene like the "Shadow Hills" with something like the small rock and dead branch more prominently in the foreground. But that's just nit-picking. Hope you don't mind...


Mar 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM
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Dean, the nightly walker is fantastic. Beautiful shot of a human being lost in a marketing-ruled-world.




Mar 31, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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Yesterday I've tried again to shoot some sports with MF-Nikkors. The 135/2 Ais worked quite well for wheelchair table tennis (for table tennis in general).
A weak spot of this fine Nikkor is the tendency to show longitudinal CA's even under normal shooting-conditions.


image not cropped, 135/2 Ais on a D7000 at ISO2000, 1/640sec at f/2.8-4

Some hours later the local inline-skater-hockey team played a test-match against a team from Copenhagen.
I had the option to shoot through a safety-net or without protection from the boards. Here are two images from the boards:

factory-Ai'd 105/2.5 at f/4, D700, ISO6400 and 1/500sec
focus could have been a bit more precise and there was some fear-induced camera-shake ;-)


the good ol' 105/2.5 worked nice for the near goal - cropped just a bit
same technique and issues with focusing and camera-shake as above ;-)

later I've tried to shoot through the safety net, an option I will further investigate at the coming matches:

a boy practicing during a break - D700, AI 55/1.2 wide open, but I could easily stop down to f/2.8 without visible net

Btw, the shots above are not processed in any way, just cropped a bit (or not) and resized during "save for web" - with some PP the pictures will be technically good enough for a fairly-sized newspaper-print.



Mar 31, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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I've been experimenting with image stacking on a really wet lousy weekend. Nothing to do but eat, drink and experiment.

This is Combine ZM, freeware off the net, which looks as if it has great potential. I also bookmarked the Help section wich explains how to use it. This example shows how good it is with poorly lit subjects ( window available light, fine JPG)

A 2 shot stack using the 105 2.5 wide open on a tripod. Exif for exposure time only.The last image should be cropped to deal with the "artifacts" - all full frame




  NIKON D200    50mm    f/1.4    1/200s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D200    50mm    f/1.4    1/200s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  









Mar 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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Nice experiment Peter, but you really need to be using Titleist!


Mar 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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Thanks folks for the input on the zoo images. Peter, you are very correct. The flip side though is that zoos provide awareness to visitors on the diversity and beauty of animal species, and the fact that so many of them are endangered. The orangutan is down to about 50 - 60,000 individuals. Hopefully among the dense throngs of people at the zoo yesterday, there were many who came away with more appreciation of biodiversity.

There were species yesterday I had never come across before, like this boat billed heron. Very likely though that Jose is familiar with this heron species, its based in Central and South America. The way it was positioned the wide bill is not evident.

Both images with the 135 f2, the heron's at f/2.8 and the owl at f/4.







And a burrowing owl. These are in Florida too, its my last visit there about a year ago I first heard of these:












Mar 31, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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Georg I really liked the table tennis shot and the concentration on the player who is playing the ball. The 135 f2 is a delight to use.

Peter, looks like you are the latest to get into the focus stacking trend. That's a nice example with the golf balls!

Samy



Mar 31, 2013 at 01:03 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:

Nikki's presence has definitely pushed photography to the top of my agenda for the last week.

http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cVg4DIAL2TE/UVJJL4oNLZI/AAAAAAAAS4g/dL7kC11-rlw/s1000/85.1.8.HC.KnotInFenceClose.jpg


Having a new lens around can certainly inspire! Really enjoying your work with Nikki.




Mar 31, 2013 at 01:17 PM
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Zichar wrote:
Okay, reproducing this with a bit of background info...


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8111/8597387341_95f87d3221_b.jpg
sogglu by Zichar, on Flickr


From left...
The funny looking ship on three pillars is the Marina Bay Sands casino + hotels + restaurants + shopping and just about everything there is to be done, right at the base
Up top on the blimp is a sky garden and an infinity pool
Urban legend has it that the unique shape and architecture ensures the house always win; feng shui or which ever form of superstition/devilry you might attribute to
The lotus-like half-dome structure is the arts science museum

Moving right, the bunch of towers are the Marina Financial
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Chin, thank you for the commentary. Certainly a dynamic skyline.



Mar 31, 2013 at 01:20 PM
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Samy - the bird images are great. The heron looks like a Black Crowned Night heron after 15 rounds with a champion boxer

Re the stacking - I've always admired James Markus' stacked images which show amazing macro detail without compromising the background bokeh. Clearly I have plenty to learn but that's what this thread stimulates.

Leighton - these balls are winnings. I do play Titleist Pro V1

Georg - a very nice sports series. For many years MF was the only way to go with the long lenses and it makes one realise how good the great soprts photographers were.



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Great images and banter everyone. Oh, as to who started the NMFAS virus, all I know is I did not have it before I started posting here!

Ron, nice signs of spring. It can't be too far off now.

Jose, wonderful bokeh play.

Leighton, is the kale set outdoors? No risk of frost in your area this early in the spring or is it frost tolerant?

Reagan, lovely chapel shot.

Ronny, that cat has a nasty stare.

Samy, great zoo shots. Looks like it was a nice day.

Ray, like the 55 degree day images.



Mar 31, 2013 at 01:35 PM
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mp356 wrote

Leighton, is the kale set outdoors? No risk of frost in your area this early in the spring or is it frost tolerant?

Scott, this kale and all our greens and lettuces are planted in our two hoop-houses, this way we can have product all year. We can cover it with frost blankets for a double layer of protection in the Winter. And in the Summer, we cover the houses with shade cloth to keep it cool. One house is 20x65, and the other is 26x48. here's a shot inside one of them.








Mar 31, 2013 at 01:45 PM
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Thanks Leighton,Peter and Scott

Reagan



Mar 31, 2013 at 01:46 PM
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Love seeing your farming operation Leighton. When Rinie and I flew across Turkey on one leg of our trip, I was impressed by the number of what I would call "hot houses" though these were primarily glass enclosed. I don't believe winters in the area where we traveled are as harsh as in Virginia, but they need to produce all year round as you do and the enclosures help. I don't know if I posted this photo and won't go back, but I took this with Nikki at the Green Gulch Zen Center gardens with Nikki.


You cant see the cover but it is much like the one you use.

I'm amazed that you two do all the work year round. Farm life is not for the feint of heart.



Mar 31, 2013 at 03:08 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:

Love seeing your farming operation Leighton. When Rinie and I flew across Turkey on one leg of our trip, I was impressed by the number of what I would call "hot houses" though these were primarily glass enclosed. I don't believe winters in the area where we traveled are as harsh as in Virginia, but they need to produce all year round as you do and the enclosures help. I don't know if I posted this photo and won't go back, but I took this with Nikki at the Green Gulch Zen Center gardens with Nikki.

http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-67p1DyHN0wg/UVJI3AtCC8I/AAAAAAAASzI/r_meqy3cB5c/s1000/85.1.8.HC.GardenSeedBed.jpg

You cant see the cover
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Well THAT looks familiar. I see they are using styrofoam trays. We tried this but storing them was a pain because they don't nest together.



Mar 31, 2013 at 03:24 PM
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Dean, nice to see your street shots again don;t disappear for so long
Jose, beautiful image of Herculaneum with the 16
Curtis, well done so far with Nikki Looking forward to the street photos of San Francisco and more California girls
also the photos with the 24 I always thought it was a little too wide for me but yet I like the 25-50
Samy, Great capture of the lions with the 400
Ray, Ohio and the 55 2.8 go well together Like the Rust and Bokeh shot the best
Ray, FL. that 24 sure is different on the D600

Reagan

Thanks, Georg



Mar 31, 2013 at 03:40 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Nice experiment Peter, but you really need to be using Titleist!





Reagan



Mar 31, 2013 at 03:42 PM
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2 more nice ones Samy
Georg, You do action photos better than some of my still ones

Reagan



Mar 31, 2013 at 03:45 PM
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Had to mount another lens this morning to get a close shot of that yellow flower outside my kitchen window. We had rain last night and the flower has water on it. I tried the 300 which at the moment was set up with a TC-201 and a PN-11 on it but I wasn't happy with the sharpness. Add the fact I lost two stops because of the teleconverter and the shutter speed required to hand hold at effectively 600mm and it simply didn't get the job done. Doubtless a tripod would have done the trick. So I removed the TC-201 and increased the aperture to f/5.6. This is pretty close to what was in the viewfinder, though I cropped it a bit. And remember, this is shot through glass that hasn't been cleaned in some time. The flower is about two feet beyond the window. I was standing about four feet from the flower.




Mar 31, 2013 at 03:59 PM
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Beautiful, Curtis

Reagan



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