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I got my first roll of slide film back from the lab today. A day early! Provia 100F, shot through the Nikkor 24mm f/2.0 AIS lens.

3 scenes from Jing'an Park.






















Jul 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM
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rattymouse wrote:
I got my first roll of slide film back from the lab today. A day early! Provia 100F, shot through the Nikkor 24mm f/2.0 AIS lens.

3 scenes from Jing'an Park.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/9362418281_6be12fa699_b.jpg



I like this very much.
Completely different look from your camera. I used some Provia in my day but I never liked it as much as Kodachrome 64 or Velvia.



Jul 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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Yes, I am absolutely in love with this film. Oh. My. God. The COLORS! Last week I bought 10 boxes of Ektar negative film for color work. DANG!! I wish I waited a week as I would load up like crazy with Provia. I gotta burn through this Ektar film, FAST.

I love the shot with the two men cooling off in the park (it was over 100 F and 75% humidity!). So much contrast in there amongst the color.

Thanks for looking! More coming......





Jul 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM
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Thanks John and Leighton,

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Love this Mark! Obviously you've never raised domestic Turkeys. When they're young and you raise them in a pen outside, if a thunderstorm comes up, they will actually look up with their mouths open and drown! Don't believe me? Google it.


That sounds pretty stupid. Ok, the Turkeys might just win it.

This mama had a young (days old) chick with her. In the 3 days i was there she lost the chick 3 times. She led it up to a flight of stairs and then flew to the top, the chick of course was not big enough to follow and got left behind, had to be rescued so I built a small book staircase for the chick to climb up. Next day the chick got down onto the swimming pool which had a cover on it but then couldn't climb off again because of the large gap between the cover down at water level and the ground level around the pool. The chick decided the best place to hide from rescue was the pool filter, just as we got the filter cover off she took off and eventually finally my wife managed to catch it and lift her out of the pool. I don't know how on day 3 the chick got onto the trampoline, it defies logic, but it did, not easy to catch (actually, easy to catch, hard not to accidently step on).

The are related to a species back in NZ called the Phukehko (Ben would also know this bird as the Purple Moorhen) which are similarly spectacularly stupid.



Jul 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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leighton w wrote:
I like this very much.
Completely different look from your camera. I used some Provia in my day but I never liked it as much as Kodachrome 64 or Velvia.


I agree, this is a great image Tom. I look forward to seeing some more.



Jul 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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Thank you. Here are some more. Across the street from Jing'an park is Jing'an Temple. This is a Buddhist temple located in the super rich downtown area of Shanghai. It is pretty tacky from the outside (lots of stores built into the temple walls), but inside, not too bad.

First, from the outside.

From a distance....







Close up....
















Jul 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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leighton w wrote:
I like this very much.
Completely different look from your camera. I used some Provia in my day but I never liked it as much as Kodachrome 64 or Velvia.


I also didn't know you could shoot scenes like this with Provia. The third frame is my favorite, too.

I used to shoot Provia and Velvia exclusively, because the car colors really pop. Portraits were a problem with those films, very saturated and red, but we already had photoshop to correct some of it (version 4...). Scanners have come a long way, too - shadows usually were dark with little or no detail We used that sometimes as part of the signature of slide film, dropping backgrounds into solid black, but that got boring after a while.

Velvia was my favorite film, because I lean towards the extreme rendering it provides, but I shot Provia about 90% of the time. You could push it one stop without too much penalty, which was a huge thing when shooting racing. Shadows got quite muddy, though. I never shot the new version of it, but I assume it is a much better film now.





Jul 25, 2013 at 01:16 PM
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leighton w wrote:
I actually like this angle better than the "Dutch angle" ones. But I know you had to provide those for publication purposes.


I like all angles - each lap I try something different, otherwise you get a lot of duplication, all the same thing when you see the endless row of thumbs in Bridge With more than one car in the frame, the horizontal view works better, but you don't know what's coming around the corner and you have no time to adjust, so you shoot one lap this way, the next tilted left, then right, but almost never vertical unless the scenery asks for it.

another level shot from the same lap - same settings as the Shadow car in the last one. This one was easy to correct - the bright orange wasn't affected by the fringe removal at all. The Huelight High camera profile really helps with these saturated colors. Usually I pick Camera Landscape, but with this shot it would have blown out all detail by going way too far.







I wonder if the drop-in filter in the lens could be partially responsible for all the CA - I will have to do some testing with and without to see what happens.



Jul 25, 2013 at 01:44 PM
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Somehow I always get the first post on top of the page in recent days


and now something very different - all 55mm f/1.2 ISO 100

f/5.6 1/250s







f/4.0 1/320s







f/2.8 1/200s







and the carbon monster at f/2.8 1/80s










Jul 25, 2013 at 01:45 PM
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pburke wrote:
Somehow I always get the first post on top of the page in recent days

and now something very different - all 55mm f/1.2 ISO 100

http://didnt.doit.wisc.edu/photo/forum_pix/fredmiranda/55mmf1.2/DSC_3736_web.jpg



Thanks for sharing all the racing photos and your observations Peter. My experience with the TC16a is very similar, I have used it successfully on the 400mm 3.5 and the 50-300mm 4.5 among others, but it needs a bright day and f/8 for best results, mine does autofocus quickly and accurately. I have not had so much trouble with CA on the 400mm by itself or with the TC 14 or TC 301, only see aberrations around really bright spots and they get corrected with axial correction in NX2. Checking the drop in filter seems like a good idea.

Again, thanks for sharing this racing photo session, it was one of the best series so far in the thread!




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I haven't shot film for years. Tom's images are excellent and I think I am going to give my F2 a roll.


Jul 25, 2013 at 02:05 PM
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The color Tom is incredible. I love these shots, especially the last set with a bit more light. The first shot with the temple surrounded by modern buildings is awesome. The rendering of the sky and clouds is amazing. Unfortunately, the cost of processing and digitizing is prohibitive where I live so I'll have to enjoy the work of the film buffs hanging out on this thread. Keep em coming.


Jul 25, 2013 at 03:23 PM
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I'll second all the compliments on your race photos Peter. I can sense how seductive that kind of shooting can be with the high energy, high speed cars and the intense competition inherent in racing. You obviously mastered the craft and your 600 f/4 AI-s seems up to the task even if the teleconverter is a bit wonky. Of course, back in the day that was what everyone was using to do this work, so we shouldn't be surprised at that. But also remarkable is that you were shooting with a camera not specifically designed for this kind of shooting, the D600. What a versatile camera it is! Great work Peter.


Jul 25, 2013 at 03:29 PM
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CGrindahl wrote:
I'll second all the compliments on your race photos Peter. I can sense how seductive that kind of shooting can be with the high energy, high speed cars and the intense competition inherent in racing. You obviously mastered the craft and your 600 f/4 AI-s seems up to the task even if the teleconverter is a bit wonky. Of course, back in the day that was what everyone was using to do this work, so we shouldn't be surprised at that. But also remarkable is that you were shooting with a camera not specifically designed for this kind of shooting,
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Thanks everyone for the compliments - going back with the 600mm was a journey into the past, trying to see if I still could do it. It has become easier today to pull off these shots, because ISO 400 and higher was impossible in the film days, so we rarely pulled out a converter, only on really nice days. The lens I used back in the 90s was better than the 600 AIS, I have to say. The Canon USM lenses of that generation were optically better than this lens, but not by much, and it could also be the fact that film hides some of the flaws better than the unforgiving sensor of a D600. I am sure my shots would not once raise any suspicion among editors as to coming from a vintage lens and a pro-sumer camera.

The D600 may not be marketed for this type of shooting, but I think it is the best body Nikon offers for it. The only thing a D4 has over the D600 is durability. The higher frame rate it gains by dropping resolution (same processor, just chewing on less data) is unimportant for my way of shooting and the DR and resolution at the typical ISO ranges in use are inferior on the D4. I'd never use that camera even if I did this professionally, even if it cost half as much. AF is not really useful either, even if you have the latest and greatest VR lenses. I think the D600 is the perfect compromise between resolution and speed and price in the FX lineup. I'd buy a second one if I shot racing more frequently (because you don't have time to change lenses in a lot of shooting situations).

By the way, you can pick up a 600mm f/4.0 with the D600 body mount - I caught myself once doing it in shock... - Back in the day with the EOS-1n we always did that. That camera is a tank, I still have it, just no lenses for it. Maybe I should look into getting a Nikon to EOS converter and try the 600mm on my old racing film body.





Jul 25, 2013 at 04:04 PM
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New MF Lenses
http://petapixel.com/2013/07/25/lomography-resurrects-the-19th-century-petzval-lens-for-canon-and-nikon-slrs/

All about the bokeh I guess but we already have that. I have seen countless posts on here with Nikon MF glass with the exact same ringed bokeh.



Jul 25, 2013 at 04:25 PM
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Just in case you ever wanted to know what a Cicada looks like close up! This poor fella was dug up by one of the ground wasps but he was still moving some. PB-6 Bellow, PK-13 and BR-2A reversing ring with the 55 2.8 Micro







Jul 25, 2013 at 05:07 PM
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rankamateur wrote:
Just in case you ever wanted to know what a Cicada looks like close up! This poor fella was dug up by one of the ground wasps but he was still moving some. PB-6 Bellow, PK-13 and BR-2A reversing ring with the 55 2.8 Micro

This is so cool. I also think this is the first bellows shot in the thread. Should post this in the macro section also. any shot of the whole bug? I have never seen one.



Jul 25, 2013 at 05:18 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
This is so cool. I also think this is the first bellows shot in the thread. Should post this in the macro section also. any shot of the whole bug? I have never seen one.


check out this video about the 17-year cicada cycle




Jul 25, 2013 at 05:58 PM
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pburke wrote:
check out this video about the 17-year cicada cycle


That was amazing... I had no idea. I have been hearing them for the last few weeks in the trees in front of my apartment, but haven't seen any.



Jul 25, 2013 at 06:22 PM
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Ron, the Cicada-portrait is impressive, to say the least. I wonder how you've managed focusing and composing in the field, the picture is well worth the effort.

Peter, will look at your racing-shots when back at home. The old Powerbook-display doesn't do your work justice (hope that's proper English). Capture NX does a much better job when it comes to loCA-removal than Photoshop ACR (much less aggressive to other parts of the image).

Tom, your (and many other) pictures don't load or just partially here in a small harbour. Will look later in detail, but I could already recognise the 24/2's typical triangular shaped highlights (love this lens).



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