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OK. thank you for the kind comments on BB61, however I could tell that your reaction was mild, as the rendering was documentary.

So let's raise the excitement a little and see what I get.

Back Turret #3, 16 inch guns, BB61 USS IOWA.

50mm 1.2


nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 ais D800 BB61 USS Iowa Turret 3 BW by Rafael CA, on Flickr

15mm


nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 ais D800 BB61 USS Iowa Turret 3 BW 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 ais D800 BB61 USS Iowa Turret 3 BW 3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr

The guns is not what one must be afraid of, but the coffin like four tube Tomahawk cruise missile launchers.


nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 ais D800 Tomahawk Missile launchers USS Iowa BB61 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



Aug 06, 2013 at 04:46 AM
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Kevin that picture with tubes is nicely done.

Here is Chandolin, a little village located at an altitude of 2000 meters



















Aug 06, 2013 at 04:56 AM
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drlouis wrote:
nice texture, Kevin!

by the way, hows the back?

Thanks!

Back, not so great. I no longer use any kind of strap. I have used a monopod from time to time and that helps. I carry smaller kits and (ugh) AF/zoom gear a lot. I still shoot my MF gear, but usually take a lens or two at most. I am planning on narrowing down my kit to ease the weight. It really sucks as I feel I am hitting my groove and really like MF gear over most AF gear. The AF gear is usually faster and lighter and much easier on my back. Granted, I hate the G lenses, prefer the D line...wish they had a bit more metal to their build. I have owned two G lenses and I almost gave up on photography because of them. Then I got a D lens, then a MF...went back in time to move forward.



Aug 06, 2013 at 05:01 AM
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Lieutenant Z wrote:
Kevin that picture with tubes is nicely done.

Here is Chandolin, a little village located at an altitude of 2000 meters


I remember Chandolin, beautiful area. Nicely captured.



Aug 06, 2013 at 05:03 AM
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leighton w wrote:
Who didn't know that!


Either way, thnx for the detailed explanation. All of that makes sense, and the 180 is a stop faster which helps me a lot too. I considered getting rid of my 80-200 f4 Ai-S because the aperture ring is really stiff, and I liked how small the 200 is.

My 28mm is still in transit No sample pictures yet.



Aug 06, 2013 at 08:02 AM
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adh67 wrote:
I think a good rule for action sport photography is to start with the shutterspeed and then adjust aperture and ISO accordingly. I read somewhere that in order to freeze soccer action with kids, you would need a shutterspeed of at least 1/400. At those speeds, and with your 85mm lens you would not need a tripod, that would only limit your movement.

Regards
Bert


I do this sort of stuff a lot (fast moving subjects) and was a bit surprised by someone voluntarily using f16 for shots like this one.

For soccer somewhere in the 1/500 sec to 1/1000 second range should be fine. Since I like my DoF shallow I usually use f4 or f2,8 for shots like the ones you posted.

With anything up to a 200mm lens I would recommend to shoot handheld rather then tripods or monopods. With the 1/500 or 1/1000 shutter speeds using a tripod would not be nescessary.



Aug 06, 2013 at 08:13 AM
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Rafael, I like your work on the IOWA a lot (even if I like very small wooden boats more than giant battleships ;-).

Philippe, another very nice set from your vacation! The steep angle on the first shot makes the chalet (?) look like an aerie.

Kevin, I like the framing and isolation of the bud.

Zippy, very cool take on the street-art-dolls!

Ron, nice shots with the 16/3.5 on the waterfront!







Aug 06, 2013 at 08:49 AM
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Two more vacation-images, taken last night from the tiny wooden Berlebach Mini tripod. I've tried long exposure NR (noise-reduction) the first time and don't know if this was a good decision ;-)
The pictures show star-trails and the framing could be better, but should work as vacation-memory-shots for the family.







Big Dipper over Danmark :) 35/1.4Ai at f2.8, 30sec, ISO 6400







lotsa stars to navigate with (I prefer GPS over the use of a sextant), f/4, 30sec




Aug 06, 2013 at 08:55 AM
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georgms wrote:
Two more vacation-images, taken last night from the tiny wooden Berlebach Mini tripod. I've tried long exposure NR (noise-reduction) the first time and don't know if this was a good decision ;-)
The pictures show star-trails and the framing could be better, but should work as vacation-memory-shots for the family.



Very nice composition! Smells like vacation, especially the second one



Aug 06, 2013 at 09:57 AM
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kwoodard wrote:
I have considered that. A lot of the 55/1.2 I have seen have been commanding really high prices, enough that I can spend a tad more and just get one that is already converted.

Which versions of the 1.2 do you prefer? I do shoot a lot in less than favorable lighting, so opening up to 1.2 or 1.4 would be handy (1.8 on my E works, but is grainy at ISO6400, would love to bring ISO down, can't use flash)


Kevin - I don't have a 1.2. My eyes are so poor that It's all I can do to get decent focus at f8



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p.2991 #11 · p.2991 #11 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


Folks, one of THE best photography bloggers anywhere is featuring a Nikon Manual focus lens in his series about shooting with legends (legendary gear).

Check it out!

http://blog.mingthein.com/2013/08/06/fd-shooting-with-the-legends-the-nikon-ai-p-581-2-noct-nikkor/




Aug 06, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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Tzic, thank you and welcome to this thread!

Tom, thanks for sharing the link. Interesting read. Unfortunately the Noct is slightly out of my range



Aug 06, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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georgms wrote:
Tzic, thank you and welcome to this thread!

Tom, thanks for sharing the link. Interesting read. Unfortunately the Noct is slightly out of my range


Mine too. Does anyone in this thread have one?




Aug 06, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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Don't you just love the 58mm Noct

We have had two recently the first sold for just over 2000 (approx $3200)

The second we have not sold yet, but one thing is for certain, it is way outside my price range too.

Anyone interested in buying can drop me a PM and I will see what we can do.

Steve



Aug 06, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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rattymouse wrote:
Mine too. Does anyone in this thread have one?


Yep, Mishu01 aka Mihai has one as well as dgjean aka Don. I believe there's one or two more, but I don't remember who. Quite possibly Rafael judging by the number of lenses he has. I would love to have one too, but...


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Aug 06, 2013 at 11:48 AM
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Anyone had contact with Mihai lately?
I hope his surgery-rehab went well. I remember some of Mihai's shots withe the Noct (ferryman on the river Danube, if memory serves).




Aug 06, 2013 at 12:07 PM
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georgms wrote:
Anyone had contact with Mihai lately?
I hope his surgery-rehab went well. I remember some of Mihai's shots withe the Noct (ferryman on the river Danube, if memory serves).


The last time I chatted with him he told me the surgery went well, but it was going to take some time to rehab. That's all I can tell you for now.



Aug 06, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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I'd need to have one of two surgeries if I wanted a Noct.

I'd need my kidney removed (kinda hard to sell it when it's still inside me), or a lobotomy.

I do plan on one at some point, but it will be a loong loong while.



Aug 06, 2013 at 01:03 PM
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Another from the pow-wow. Not quite a portrait, as he was moving pretty fast.

Still don't like the feel of longer lenses. I hadn't used the 105 in ages, and it might be back on the shelf for another spell.




Aug 06, 2013 at 01:06 PM
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dgjean should be Donald G Jean Haven't seen him in here lately

I actually started and got lost somewhere in the middle of Charles McCarry's The Last Supper. Probably not the best choice to go jumping in to the series.
I love my Kindle, it's surprisingly durable without a case. 3yrs now and I've got a Kindle waiting to be shipped from my concierge service in Portland. Waiting for the Neopan and Provia to arrive then they all get sent here to me. Can't wait.
To make this photography-relevant, David duChemin's Within the Frame is excellent and highly recommended; I sometimes get a 'refresher' just before I travel. Thom Hogan's recommendation - Molly Bang's Picture This: How Pictures Work is also a nice simple pick-me-up when you feel like a refresher



Aug 06, 2013 at 03:25 PM
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