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p.2962 #1 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


I know I've mentioned George Lucas on this thread from time to time. Recently, he bought a building in the heart of downtown San Anselmo, tore it down and then donated it to the city for creation of a park. This spring has been a whirl of activity as the building came down and development of the park proceeded. This weekend is a street fair that comes to San Anselmo each year and the park was dedicated last Thursday. There was a contest to name the park and the winner is "Imagination Park." The major attraction of the new park is a fountain set back from the street with two bronze statues mounted atop a stone mass. One is a statue of Indiana Jones and the other a statue of Yoda from Star Wars. What struck me were two small plaques, one beneath each statue. The one below Yoda says "Star Wars Created in San Anselmo 1973." The other plaque said "Indiana Jones Created in San Anselmo 1974."

It was a shockingly bright day with too much color and commotion, so I converted these images in Silver Efex Pro 2. These were shot with the 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI'd, wide open.






Jun 22, 2013 at 11:54 PM
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One color photo is in order. I noticed this flower hidden in shadows with a bit of filtered light catching my eye. Wide open with the 135 f/2.8 Q.C. AI'd. Love this lens...




Jun 22, 2013 at 11:58 PM
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p.2962 #3 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Great shot Bert

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7350/9109725348_027841cc0c_b.jpg
Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 20mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5529/9107226559_f1a7283bb8_b.jpg
Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 20mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3762/9109478208_4e00a7b28a_b.jpg
NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 20mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

Ronny:

Got the lens, tubes, and tripod. Ready to go! Any tips? For example, approximately how far away from the subject were you on these shots?

Thanks.



Jun 23, 2013 at 12:19 AM
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p.2962 #4 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


raboof wrote:
I am testing my D600. I like it. Looks like we're on tube mode.

300mm f4.5 ED with PK-13 tube.

http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22102440/FRED/DSC_8438.jpg


I like this one the best.

Great series. Looks like the D600 does just fine.

Bert



Jun 23, 2013 at 12:41 AM
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p.2962 #5 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


For best results Dave you'll want to experiment a bit. Ronny is hand holding these shots, if I'm not mistaken. The issue with tubes is that while they allow you to get closer to your subject, and thereby filling the frame with the object. the focal plane narrows and you lose infinity focus. That means you'll need to find a distance to the subject that allows the lens to find focus. Most often those using a tripod will have a focusing rail that allows the camera to move closer and farther back as you find focus. Shooting hand held in some ways is easier because you can rock back and forth, or lean closer and farther back to find focus.

This is one of the reasons AI lenses are attractive. They tend to have a longer focus throw, which increases the possibility you will gain focus simply by turning the focusing ring. Of course, we will always opt for the 180 with ED glass before the AI version that doesn't have that feature.

You'll find it useful to stop down and possibly shoot in manual mode to keep the shutter speed up. When I'm shooting with the much slower 300 f/4.5 AI-s ED-IF even in bright sunlight, I'm generally shooting manual mode and relying on Auto ISO to give me enough light.

Shooting with tubes is great fun, but it is something you really learn by doing. You might find the tripod less an advantage than a disadvantage for tubes, but you'll only know that by trying. Have fun!

Here's a shot with the 300 and a 36mm Vivitar tube attached...


Manual mode, 1/400th of a second, wide open, ISO 360



Jun 23, 2013 at 12:42 AM
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Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Great shot Bert



Thx Ronny, those flowers are gorgeous.

Bert



Jun 23, 2013 at 12:44 AM
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adh67 wrote:
I like this one the best.

Great series. Looks like the D600 does just fine.

Bert


Time for an FX camera Bert?



Jun 23, 2013 at 12:45 AM
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p.2962 #8 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


stedge wrote:
Bert,

Love the Plimoth Plantation photo!

My wife hails from Duxbury, MA, a lovely coastal town just north of the Cape. That area is a great place to relax. Very glad you enjoyed yourself.

Eric

Thank you Eric, we absolutely loved the whole area, and will probably return if the opportunity arrives.

Bert



Jun 23, 2013 at 12:47 AM
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Went to the air show today, and before things turned tragic, I had gotten these shots while on the photo tour



NightOwl Cat 2013

  NIKON D3    300mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





NightOwl Cat 2013

  NIKON D3    300mm    f/2.8    1/2000s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





NightOwl Cat 2013

  NIKON D3    300mm    f/8.0    1/250s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





NightOwl Cat 2013

  NIKON D3    300mm    f/8.0    1/400s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





NightOwl Cat 2013

  NIKON D3    300mm    f/8.0    1/100s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 23, 2013 at 12:55 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Time for an FX camera Bert?


Very tempting Curtis . Unfortunately, I probably need a new car first



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Few more



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  NIKON D3    300mm    f/8.0    1/400s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





NightOwl Cat 2013

  NIKON D3    300mm    f/8.0    1/200s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





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  NIKON D3    300mm    f/8.0    1/500s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 23, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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p.2962 #12 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


I thought about you Laura when I saw the news story about the plane crash. I figured you'd be at the air show in your home town. Great photos but definitely a tragic event. Wing walking seems dangerous enough but a plane crash did him and the pilot in. Really a shame.

300 f/2.8? Do you have a sherpa with you to carry the lens? That's five pounds of lens... but then you're carrying a book bag most days now, so perhaps it is not a problem. But I'll stick with the f/4.5 version that I can hand hold all day long without straining anything.

Happy shooting Laura...



Jun 23, 2013 at 01:07 AM
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I also heard the news about the crash. A very sad news, indeed.

I got a bit of time today so I decided to make modification to my TC-16A. It's working. Took with the 105mm f2.8 AIS Micro.









Jun 23, 2013 at 03:24 AM
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p.2962 #14 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Laura, found out from your post what happened at the Dayton air show. Really tragic, those air show daredevils are some of the most bravest performers in the world.




Jun 23, 2013 at 03:34 AM
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p.2962 #15 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


The year's largest moon, with the 500 F4 P at f/5.6.








Jun 23, 2013 at 03:36 AM
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p.2962 #16 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Am feeling under the weather ... and I just got up at noon
I can't function with less than 6 hrs of sleep anyway
Some very lovely photos in the last couple of pages, what a way to wake up to



Jun 23, 2013 at 04:30 AM
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Samy here is my moon looking at yours, I had the 400mm with a TC 300 and a TC 14 which makes it an 1120mm, moon is bright. The disappointment was the atmosphere, so Hazy I had to wait a while for the moon to get off the haze before getting a reasonable picture. This was at f8 on the lens, f/22 on brightness, with all the TCs you have to close it down, but the shutter speed at ISO 800 is still 1/200, mirror up and shutter delay do the trick.


nikon nikkor 400mm 3.5 TC300 TC14 D800 Moon Shot by Rafael CA, on Flickr

Much prefer the colors on this perigeal of a year ago with the 600 5.6P Nippon kogaku. Lower res is all atmospheric.


Perigeal Moon Rise 6 Nippon Kogaku 600mm P 5.6 F5.6 at F8 D3 Nikon Nikkor by Rafael CA, on Flickr

And this is my sharpest ever, with the 400mm TC 300 TC 201 and the TC 14 for 2240mm. Took this the night Neil Armstrong passed.


Neil Armstrong's new home. Nikon nikkor 400mm 3.5 tc300 tc201 tc 14 D800 moon shot 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Jun 23, 2013 at 05:41 AM
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p.2962 #18 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Wonderful Rafael. That last shot is spectacular! Fine work. I think that is the best moon shot I've seen on FM.


Jun 23, 2013 at 06:38 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Wonderful Rafael. That last shot is spectacular! Fine work. I think that is the best moon shot I've seen on FM.


+1



Jun 23, 2013 at 07:27 AM
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p.2962 #20 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Dave : As curtis wrote I don't use tripod and he gave good tips
try to learn meself and keeps experiment a bit.. very fun to shot with tubs
The image is 180mm is about 45 inches and 135mm about 31 inch from the subject
find it tricky to shot with tripod on these kinds of pictures so I almost never use tripod





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