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I have not bought anything in weeks which really makes my wife happy. It arrived yesterday and when she saw it she asked what it was. "Something I will probably never figure out how to use" Wife-"like everything else" Gotta admit, it does look good mounted.. PB-6, PK-13 and BR-2A reversing ring. Pic with the 28 2.8 AI-S


I M P R E S S I V E !



Jul 24, 2013 at 12:39 AM
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pburke wrote:
not this time. More of a test if I would want to do this again. I used to do this for more than 15 weekends a year, 3 days, plus travel days. Didn't leave much time for anything else on top of a full time job.



I asked because if for work, that is the compelling reason for shooting massive amounts of images. For personal time, one can make the case that this is not necessary. Let me explain. I shot digital full time for over 10 years. Invariably, I would always come home with 200-300 shots for every day out shooting, sometimes a lot more if in a real special location. Upon review, I would always find that I had so many shots of the same thing, that they lost all meaning to me. Dozens upon dozens of shots, with 2% or so difference from the last one. I could and did, easily cull 90% of my shots as they were useless noise. Upon reflection, I found that digital photography was making me lazy. Lazy beyond belief. My SD card had grown to 16 gigs and could hold thousands upon thousands of images. I filled it up as best I could.

For me personally, I am distinctly unhappy with photography unless I push myself and gain personal growth. It is a practice, a meditative practice as the recent author stated. For me, for some unknown reason, every advantage to digital photography seemingly works against my personal growth. I get lazier and lazier. I find that the thrill of getting the shot is severely mitigated by the fact that it takes dozens upon dozens, if not hundreds, of shots to get it.

Now shooting film, when I nail a shot, it is profoundly more satisfying because I'm doing so purely on technical skill (and luck, there's always that). I have no feedback in the field at all, no reshoots if I get it wrong, no chimping to check exposure.

Folks in this thread must understand this a bit since a lot of the reasons above also apply to the use of manual focus lenses over autofocus. I'm just taking it all the way to a logical conclusion. (Notice that I did not say THE logical conclusion, implying that there was only one).









Jul 24, 2013 at 12:42 AM
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You're certainly correct RM that the appeal of manual focus lenses comes from the fact one must slow down in preparing to take the shot, fingers of the left hand on the focus ring as we find focus. I love that moment. I'm also aware of what you describe from your experience shooting digital that i take too many photos, few of which are captivating. Sometimes I consider a shot and take it but discover only in post that there is nothing workable there. Sometimes judicious cropping will yield an image I like but often there is nothing there worth saving. That doesn't mean I necessarily delete the image. I have far too many images stored on my computer. I could afford to so some serious housecleaning on those drives.

We each find our own relationship with photography, using the gear that resonates for us moment to moment. Some folks are posting on the AF thread but that holds no interest to me, though I'm fond of everyone over there and enjoy stopping by just to say hello. MF for me all the way.

I appreciate this exchange and will likely carry it with me in coming days. I haven't picked up the camera for some time. I wonder what will happen the next time I do...

By the way, there are a number of spiritual centers in Marin where I live, including Green Gulch Zen Center and Spirit Rock Buddhist Meditation Center. I enjoy them both and neither fits your description of how Buddhism operates in China. Here the contemplative tradition is very strong in both centers, perhaps because Buddhism is a relatively recent import embraced by Americans who are estranged from their more conventional religious roots. Not surprising I guess...



Jul 24, 2013 at 01:20 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
You're certainly correct RM that the appeal of manual focus lenses comes from the fact one must slow down in preparing to take the shot, fingers of the left hand on the focus ring as we find focus. I love that moment. I'm also aware of what you describe from your experience shooting digital that i take too many photos, few of which are captivating. Sometimes I consider a shot and take it but discover only in post that there is nothing workable there. Sometimes judicious cropping will yield an image I like but often there is nothing there worth
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I am continually amazed that here in China, the land where Zen was developed and brought to the world, via Japan and Korea, there seems to be no sign or trace of it around!!

I was at at Tibetan temple in Beijing a few months ago. Beautiful place, just gorgeous. Building after building of the most magnificent architecture and spirituality. Yet all you could do there is walk up to a statue and pray. And there were a LOT of statues there. Dozens upon dozens upon dozens. All the local people were running around the temple saying prayers. I am CERTAIN that were there a statue of me in that temple somewhere, dressed in traditional garb, they'd all pray to me! Tibetan Buddhism is an enormously complex faith and I just can't believe anyone there knows the first thing about it. Buddhism is a non theistic faith! There is no god to pray to, certainly not the Buddha!

Anyway, this is waaaay off topic and far too complex a topic. Just some observations of mine while traveling across Asia.


I am not surprised that Buddhist centers in California are more authentic than here in Asia. I am sure they are most enjoyable places.



Jul 24, 2013 at 01:33 AM
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mp356 wrote:
Hey Dylan, maybe I missed this earlier, but what ship is this?


Actually, I never did put that bit in there.

This particular ship is the SS Keenora. Built in 1897 in Ontario's Lake of the Woods, it ran cargo and people to remote locals. After 20 years or so, it was sold to a group of Winnipeg lawyers who cut it up, shipped it here and turned it into a floating dance hall in our downtown (the "Forks" as we call it, where the Red River and the Assiniboine River meet, is right in our core). The party only lasted a year however, and then she was converted back into a cargo/passenger ship, making runs along the Red River between Winnipeg and the northern part of Lake Winnipeg until 1966.



Jul 24, 2013 at 01:55 AM
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Greetings to all!

I have been lucking for years on the FM forums and have really learned a lot here! There are many extraordinary photographers here and I have been enjoying their work and wisdom! I have decided to become more active so here is my first post of two images taken today, (I usually shoot nature and wildlife, but love the visual arts) here are two still life shots made with Nikon Manual Focus Glass. The first photo taken with the Nikon 55mm f3.5 Micro lens (arguably one of the absolute best buys out there) and the second shot with a Nikon 35mm f2.8 lens.

Hope you find the images enjoyable!!!





Black-Eyed Susans in Vase - Nikon 55mm f3.5 Micro






Anyone for Salad? Nikon 35mm f2.8



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Jul 24, 2013 at 02:17 AM
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As a vegetarian, your second shot makes me hungry! I love fresh tomatoes!

Welcome aboard!!




Jul 24, 2013 at 02:21 AM
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Excellent Nick and welcome!

One of the things that keeps this thread alive is the diversity of the photographers that all use MF Nikkors. It looks like your contribution will be greatly appreciated.

John



Jul 24, 2013 at 02:32 AM
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jhinkey wrote:
Excellent Nick and welcome!

One of the things that keeps this thread alive is the diversity of the photographers that all use MF Nikkors. It looks like your contribution will be greatly appreciated.

John


John,

It's 100 F and 70% humidity here in Shanghai. I find your avatar of you on a snow capped mountain, to be particularly (if unintentional) taunting!!

Any hotter here and my film is going to start melting.



Jul 24, 2013 at 02:41 AM
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naturesmoments wrote:
Greetings to all!

I have been lucking for years on the FM forums and have really learned a lot here! There are many extraordinary photographers here and I have been enjoying their work and wisdom! I have decided to become more active so here is my first post of two images taken today, (I usually shoot nature and wildlife, but love the visual arts) here are two still life shots made with Nikon Manual Focus Glass. The first photo taken with the Nikon 55mm f3.5 Micro lens (arguably one of the absolute best buys out there) and the second shot with
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Very nice Nick. Both of these are well composed. Welcome aboard.



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naturesmoments wrote:
Greetings to all!

I have been lucking for years on the FM forums and have really learned a lot here! There are many extraordinary photographers here and I have been enjoying their work and wisdom! I have decided to become more active so here is my first post of two images taken today, (I usually shoot nature and wildlife, but love the visual arts) here are two still life shots made with Nikon Manual Focus Glass. The first photo taken with the Nikon 55mm f3.5 Micro lens (arguably one of the absolute best buys out there) and the second shot with
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Nice shots!



Jul 24, 2013 at 02:43 AM
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rattymouse wrote:
John,

It's 100 F and 70% humidity here in Shanghai. I find your avatar of you on a snow capped mountain, to be particularly (if unintentional) taunting!!

Any hotter here and my film is going to start melting.



Well, then here's a tad bit more snow for you then . . . .

7 Vertical Shots Stitched In PTGui - 45/2.8P







and

3 Horizontal Shots With The 16/3.5 AI






Snow In July!




Jul 24, 2013 at 02:59 AM
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And going all the way back to 2011 with the 105/2.5 AIS and D700 up on Mt. Baker . . .








Jul 24, 2013 at 03:07 AM
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A man could cool off in a climate like that.....


Jul 24, 2013 at 03:23 AM
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John, that is cruel ... we just had over a week of 95-100F weather here in upstate NY ... I hate the heat and love snow ...


Jul 24, 2013 at 03:40 AM
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Andre Labonte wrote:
John, that is cruel ... we just had over a week of 95-100F weather here in upstate NY ... I hate the heat and love snow ...


I was born and raised in Buffalo so I know all about high heat and humidity upstate-NY style!
I'm much more comfortable in the cold than the heat/humidity.

Two weeks ago we were in South Dakota where it was over 90 deg., but it was only 10 or 20% humidity which made it very bearable.



Jul 24, 2013 at 04:18 AM
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rattymouse wrote:
Absolutely NO offense intended, just my opinion here so please happily disagree with me. But I find the need for instant gratification in the world today (not just in photography) to be very problematic. All around me I see people who seem incapable of waiting even the shortest amount of time, for anything.

Waiting to see my images for 5-6 days was hard at first, and even still is for a bit. But dealing with this delay is one not so minor part of my daily practice now.


No offence taken RM (wish I had a real name) but I am 61 years old and my question would be "if not now, When ?"



Jul 24, 2013 at 04:21 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
No offence taken RM (wish I had a real name) but I am 61 years old and my question would be "if not now, When ?"


You have plenty of time.

Interestingly, my parents, grand parents and others older than me seem to have far far more patience than people my age and younger.




Jul 24, 2013 at 04:24 AM
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Peter your auto photos are fantastic!
Yes Leighton i think I may have posted that photo before
Thank you Scott
Love your photos John
Welcome aboard Nick - great stuff!



Jul 24, 2013 at 04:25 AM
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More excellent images - Ray (what's happened to the D600),

Ron (What equipment you have!), and

Nick (welcome aboard!)

John (nice for ratty but a bit cold for me)

BTW since RM won't give us his moniker I think we should christen him "Chatty" as it's a little more respectful than "Ratty" . Maybe he's Monty's alter ego - a vegetarian living in China!



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