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Love your last post John
Nick welcome aboard! Nice set



Jul 24, 2013 at 09:08 AM
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Thanks to all for the warm welcome!!! What an exceptional community this is!!!!


Jul 24, 2013 at 10:04 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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Nick, what took you so long! These are wonderful! Welcome to the best photography thread on the internet (IMHO). Like John said, the diversity of the photographers is one thing that keeps this thread alive. So don't be bashful, jump right into the conversation and post more images.



Jul 24, 2013 at 10:14 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

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.

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

7 Vertical Shots Stitched In PTGui - 45/2.8P

http://www.seanet.com/~hinkey/SaltCreek2013/HurricaneHill-1_MF.jpg


Breathtaking scenery John, nicely captured.



Jul 24, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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Oosty wrote:
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!


Nothing disrespectful about Ratty. I've been using that name online since 1992 or so.




Jul 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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Baby was peeking through the garden. 100% crop 50-135







Jul 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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jhinkey wrote:
Well, then here's a tad bit more snow for you then . . . .

7 Vertical Shots Stitched In PTGui - 45/2.8P

http://www.seanet.com/~hinkey/SaltCreek2013/HurricaneHill-1_MF.jpg

and

3 Horizontal Shots With The 16/3.5 AI


John, these are great. Wonderful colors. I like the stitching work on the 16 3.5 pano. Was it difficult to do?



Jul 24, 2013 at 04:35 PM
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Last post 4 hours ago? That can't be...

old iron (and fiberglass) from Road America today -

600mm f/4.0 with TC-16A, shot at f5.6 1/400s ISO 200







600mm f/4.0 with TC-16A, shot at f5.6 1/400s ISO 640








600mm f/4.0 with TC-16A, shot at f11 1/400s ISO 640







After reviewing a lot of these TC-16A shots, I have to say that on the 600mm, it really drops the quality quite a bit unless the light is very good and you can shoot f/8 or higher, but even then the corners are very soft and you get other artifacts in the finer detail that are impossible to correct. Fringing is pretty extreme compared to the plain 600mm as well. In fact, I am not very happy with the amount of correction I have to apply with the plain 600mm at times, but then I guess that's why I can buy four of these lenses for the price of a 2013 600mm. At least in CS6 I can correct it quite well, 95% of it at least.









Jul 24, 2013 at 04:38 PM
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rankamateur wrote:
Baby was peeking through the garden. 100% crop 50-135



Nice one Ron. He let you get pretty close.



Jul 24, 2013 at 04:41 PM
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mp356 wrote:
John, these are great. Wonderful colors. I like the stitching work on the 16 3.5 pano. Was it difficult to do?


No, it's not too difficult - though I've only had success with images that are taken in landscape mode - but you loose so much of each frame due to distortion correction that it's almost not worth it unless you want a > 180 deg. FOV (the 16/3.5 has a 170 deg. FOV on the diagonal). I can only do it with PTGui though as I've not gotten PS6 to do something this radical.

- John



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Just a short HI from the Baltic Sea!

Peter, your racetrack-shots are wonderful, love the subjects and your takes on it. Will take a long second look on your work when back at a proper screen. I'm glad the 600/4 Ais works so well. In my opinion almost all Nikkor's need some kind of corrections when it comes to abberations.

Nick, welcome! Love your first shots posted here. Please keep'em coming.

Jose, I'm really happy to see your excellent photographs here.


And now a test, uploading an in-camera-processed shot from this morning (my old Powerbook is sluggish).







heading nor'east, PC 85/2.8D wide open




Jul 24, 2013 at 05:23 PM
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jhinkey wrote:
No, it's not too difficult - though I've only had success with images that are taken in landscape mode - but you loose so much of each frame due to distortion correction that it's almost not worth it unless you want a > 180 deg. FOV (the 16/3.5 has a 170 deg. FOV on the diagonal). I can only do it with PTGui though as I've not gotten PS6 to do something this radical.

- John


John,
have you tried to first run each image through the adaptive wide angle filter to reduce the distortion and then stitch? just a thought - CS6 may actually stitch the images then.



Jul 24, 2013 at 05:27 PM
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Peter - Yeah, the TC-16A also drops quite a bit of IQ at f5.6 on my 300mm f4.5. I shot a few birds the other day with it and non of them came out sharp.


Jul 24, 2013 at 05:34 PM
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raboof wrote:
Peter - Yeah, the TC-16A also drops quite a bit of IQ at f5.6 on my 300mm f4.5. I shot a few birds the other day with it and non of them came out sharp.



I will keep it for another similar shoot, now that I have figured out how to properly set up the AF (planes would be great to shoot that way, but I'll be in the mountains when the air show comes to my area in August). If I can get better tracking out of it, it may be worth keeping for the 300mm and in extreme cases the 600mm, but if I can't AF properly with it, I'd rather sell it and get a nice TC-14E instead.




Jul 24, 2013 at 05:45 PM
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jhinkey wrote:
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.



I grew up in Maine where our proximity to the coast keeps our summer temps down but at the same time Maine is not that humid ... usually anyway. But our winters get dominated with artic air from Canada with the ocasional nor-easter when that air mixes with the ocean air ...

Going to school up in the Bangor area, I remember many mornings sub -20F and one time even saw -55, though that was a one-time record if I remember correctly.

Cold is my my element ... fortunately the weather broak and I have AC


Buffalo -- isn't that the snow capitol of the Eastern half of the country? I imagine only in the Rockies do you get more.




Jul 24, 2013 at 05:53 PM
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a few of those I processed last night - trying to show some different angles. So far 250 frames have made it into the trash - only 1/4 delete rate is quite amazing, but then I didn't really try for the low percentage shots first time out with this setup.

McLaren M23/9 again
600mm f/4 with TC-16-A, slight crop and extra vignette added
f/5.6 1/400s ISO 400







Autofocus wouldn't have helped here - mostly motion blur, as the focus happened to be pretty darn close (I like it when they crash within the narrow DOF I am locked into)
600mm f/4.0 plain at f/5.6 1/500s ISO 100







it ain't over until the fat lady pulls you out of the gravel...
600mm f/4.0 plain at f/5.6 1/500s ISO 100







NASCAR Ford doing the old car thing and dumping fluid onto the track out of the exhaust - that can't be good... (things you just don't see without a big lens)
600mm f/4.0 plain at f/8.0 1/800s ISO 200








using the entire race tack and then some...
600mm f/4.0 plain at f/8.0 1/800s ISO 200







Jul 24, 2013 at 06:03 PM
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Nice photo of an old Marcos LM race car! The fuel dump from the Ford cup car is another nice capture. I donīt think itīs a serious technical problem though because the fluid is clear enough. No oil, no crud from the engine or radiator. I guess it was just cranked a few times but stood still for quite a while before being put to use here. Condense builds up in the exhaust and even in something as simple as straight pipes with boom tubes it can take a bit before all of that is out of the exhaust.

From the looks of it thatīs a 2006/2007 car, right? Never was a Carl Edwards fan but that Aflac paintjob is nice. Did you get anything good from that blue GT1 Mustang in front of the #99 by any chance?



Jul 24, 2013 at 06:19 PM
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Georg what a nice photo I love the line and bokeh
Peter those shots are great.
Oosty I put the D600 to work last night at my karaoke show. Here are a few of my very talented singers. I used the 35mm 1.4








Jul 24, 2013 at 06:25 PM
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Couple recent shots... The first with the the 80-200/4.5 + PK13


_DSC8993 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Second is with my new (to me) 55/3.5 Micro with M2 tube (have to go completely manual with this setup). I liked the B&W conversion, was a surprise.


_DSC9079 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr



Jul 24, 2013 at 06:40 PM
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the solitaire wrote:

From the looks of it thatīs a 2006/2007 car, right? Never was a Carl Edwards fan but that Aflac paintjob is nice. Did you get anything good from that blue GT1 Mustang in front of the #99 by any chance?


I have a few of that Mustang, just not processed yet. Definitely one in the same corner and same viewing angle as the Marcos. I'll look for it next time I go through my RAW file pile

The Edwards car looks like it is pre-COTM when they were small (still huge compared to some of the really old sports cars). Fluid was coming out of it for several laps, so I am not sure if that's just condensation - they run them twice a day and this was easily 12 miles or more into the session. Maybe unburnt fuel from the corner entry coming out the other side - these old cup cars aren't fuel-injected yet




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