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Thanks Ray, Georg and Curtis.

Curtis good to see you back with images as good as ever. Don't be such a stranger.

Naturally I still use an old camera - after all we love old lenses,don't we?

The D200 is still an amazing camera at low ISO's (up to 800) and is more than adequate for my needs and also for most monitors. I've been shooting with the D70 using some of my AF lenses and again if handled with a bit of care the results are good.

It wouldn't surprise me to see consumer DSLRs going into decline as mirrorless cameras continue to get smaller and the results improve. Serious bird and sports photographers will stay with the high end pro gear as will those who need to use top quality zoom lenses.



Nov 20, 2013 at 05:32 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:

I found another one… amazing. Same lens, same street… different tree.

http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-zlIeM_QFQ-k/UowKTReFzqI/AAAAAAAAWZw/XQru1VMWV3U/s1000/105.1.8.FrondAngles.jpg








Love the framing of this. It's showing some purple fringing in the bright areas, is this common for this lens?



Nov 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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georgms wrote:
One from a few day ago, smallest vessel at the pier:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7378/10895398496_203da2515e_b.jpg
85/1.8 Nikkor-H, the one I got from Paul, D3s, wide open
Still playing with different tools for B&W-conversions ;-)








I really like the reflection produced in this shot, but to tell you the truth, I'm not crazy about the grain. Interesting discussion you and Scott are having abut grain and downsizing. The only time I don't mind grain in an image is when the subject looks dated or old. Then I'll find myself experimenting with it. Of course this is strictly up to the one creating the image, I'm only throwing in my 2 cents for whatever that's worth.


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Nov 20, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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m.sommers00 wrote:
Have sourced out an exc++ 28mm 2.8 AIS for $145CDN found local. Good deal??


YES!!! As long as it's an AIS and NOT an AI. The AIS focuses closer.



Nov 20, 2013 at 11:20 AM
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Curtis, Scott and Leighton - thanks for your thoughts about the shots and grain/downsizing. Will take the Dutch sailing-vessel as test-subject for different conversion.
Leighton, somehow I feel many images look too smooth/artificial without grain. At high ISO-settings most recent DSLR's (back to the D200) will produce a nice, almost film-like noise-pattern, but I don't wanna shoot the D3s for instance at ISO 6400 in daylight to get this effect.
For some subjects a clean, very smooth B&W-conversion without added grain looks nice to my eyes, I just shoot stuff like this not very often ;-)



Nov 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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Scott, your plane-image is very nicely done - the point of view works great and I really like the conversion. It looks a bit like a B&W-print.
This brings me to the subject of B&W-enlargers - I remember a budget-prices Durst-enlarger equipped with a top-class Schneider-lens. This combination gave me the sharpest looking grain I can remember. Most other enlargers worked with diffused light hitting the negative - a less accentuated grain was the result.
I miss the wet darkroom - not for work, but for more personal photography...



Nov 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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Georg, I feel we can have this discussion without the fear of offending each other. Plus, I find this an interesting discussion. Maybe a little OT, but interesting nonetheless. Let's take your image of the boat and reflection for an example since it's here. To my eye, if there was no grain showing in the water, it would have appeared that the boat was sitting on glass, way cool to my mind. I'm curious how you envisioned this.


Nov 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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Zichar wrote:
More for proof of concept
6 shot pano where I guesstimated the exposure, -EV with every frame moving up

Alligator Gorge, SA


http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2830/10944512353_2fe6b404a2_b.jpg
my empire of dirt by Zichar, on Flickr


Very nice, Chin.

I love the names you give to your images



Nov 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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georgms wrote:
Some wildly mixed shots from this evening, had some British gents in front of my cameras:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7357/10933440494_dccea0cfeb_o.jpg
I don't like shots of piano-players with hidden hands, but I love the flare here ;-)
The Ai'd Nikkor-H 85/1.8 was a bit long for most shots and didn't got much use.


Excellent stuff, Georg. I too love the flare on the last one.



Nov 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM
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leighton w wrote:
Georg, I feel we can have this discussion without the fear of offending each other. Plus, I find this an interesting discussion. Maybe a little OT, but interesting nonetheless. Let's take your image of the boat and reflection for an example since it's here. To my eye, if there was no grain showing in the water, it would have appeared that the boat was sitting on glass, way cool to my mind. I'm curious how you envisioned this.


Leighton, here's a clean take on the small boat. Browsing through the SilverEfex-presets the first "Push"-setting had the most appeal to my eyes - old habits ;-)
Skipped my favorite preset to get something smooth - "structures-sliders" for mid- and dark-tones at about +45, didn't touched the bright tones-structures here.
Hmm, I'm not sure if I like the result, maybe I'll give it another try one this evening...


Nikkor-H 85/1.8 wide open, D3s



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deang001 wrote:
Excellent stuff, Georg. I too love the flare on the last one.


Thank you! The world of photography would be boring without some imperfections (I prefer flare and ghosting over distortion and loCA's)



Nov 20, 2013 at 12:13 PM
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georgms wrote:
Leighton, here's a clean take on the small boat. Browsing through the SilverEfex-presets the first "Push"-setting had the most appeal to my eyes - old habits ;-)
Skipped my favorite preset to get something smooth - "structures-sliders" for mid- and dark-tones at about +45, didn't touched the bright tones-structures here.
Hmm, I'm not sure if I like the result, maybe I'll give it another try one this evening...

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2867/10960274135_9fb6dc29ed_b.jpg
Nikkor-H 85/1.8 wide open, D3s


It's funny how each of us looks at an image. I like this one much better, although I'd add a touch more contrast. But I'm glad we're all different...adds spice to life!



Nov 20, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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leighton w wrote:
It's funny how each of us looks at an image. I like this one much better, although I'd add a touch more contrast. But I'm glad we're all different...adds spice to life!


I'll jump back in here. I agree with Leighton as I have a preference for the grain-less version. I also would like a bit more contrast. My eye is drawn to the bow of the boat and its water reflection. It is the contrast between those areas and liking glassy black water that makes this image for me. Great discussion guys.

Thank you both for the comments on the airplane. Here I struggled between the grain to make it appear older and the neat reflections that would have been more pronounced with a bit more contrast and less grain.



Nov 20, 2013 at 01:07 PM
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mp356 wrote:
I'll jump back in here. I agree with Leighton as I have a preference for the grain-less version. I also would like a bit more contrast. My eye is drawn to the bow of the boat and its water reflection. It is the contrast between those areas and liking glassy black water that makes this image for me. Great discussion guys.

Thank you both for the comments on the airplane. Here I struggled between the grain to make it appear older and the neat reflections that would have been more pronounced with a bit more contrast and less grain.
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Exactly Scott, that's just where my eye is drawn to as well.



Nov 20, 2013 at 01:09 PM
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I'm traveling and slipped behind on the forum! I've seen some interesting images, love the palm fronds by Curtis, and Georg, I prefer the no grain version.
Here's a cropped shot taken with a D800 with a 105mm f/2.5 of a dawn rainbow.





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Nov 20, 2013 at 02:59 PM
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Jay, the rainbow-colors are looking great over the sea. Nice catch with the camera!


Nov 20, 2013 at 04:40 PM
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Just packed for my trip tomorrow. Bringing the 28/2.8, 50/1.2 and 135/2.8
Seemed appropriate to bring these oldies to Japan
Gotta admit... My bag never felt lighter



Nov 20, 2013 at 04:43 PM
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Thanks again Leighton, Scott and Jay! The small boat was shot on a very dull afternoon, there were no highlights (in terms of dynamic range) on the water or boat. That's why I tamed the contrast a bit, to keep the november-mood.

Here's a subject with lots of highlights - for stuff like this I prefer conversions without excessive grain. The picture itself is not very good - oldtimer-meetings are too cramped for my taste and "clean" shots of single exhibits rarely possible.

Jawa with trailer, PC 85/2.8D - Silver-Efex, T-Max 100-preset tweaked



Nov 20, 2013 at 04:49 PM
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Curtis I love the bokeh on your liquid amber tree - beautiful!
Georg I really do like the grain in the first photo but I also like the smooth contrasty feel of the second one. Both photos are excellent even if different styles but I actually prefer BOTH
Scott very well done on the the Jacky C photo.
Jay beautiful shot ! It has a pastel water color feel to it. Nice capture!
Chin that sounds like a great kit to take to Japan. The light weight is perfectly matched with the outstanding quality. Can'T wait to see the results!



Nov 20, 2013 at 04:56 PM
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Here's a bit of fun using the 16mm 3.5 at the welcome center "Train Station" here in Plant City










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