Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4775
Country: United States

Zulu Warrior



MMcGrath
Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2607
Country: United Kingdom

99th ABW (Nellis) just announced cancellation of Aviation Nation.

http://www.nellis.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123341740



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 8808
Country: United States

Curtis, Cool on the wolves in Yellowstone, glad I could help spread the code around a little more then. That, and a revelation on Focus Stacking got me to finally crack open the Photoshop disk and install PS6 last night.

cbrandt wrote:

I might pick it up myself .. but I need alot more than NIK software to work on my photos .. lol

I do use Topaz sparingly, but I don't know a thing about layers, which I'm guessing could be quite useful .. lol

so that promo code is jclark / which is Jim Clark, a successful wildlife photographer, instructor and speaker here in MD ( those with FB can locate him thru his name ) .. I'm thinking his wife leads the charge / foundation for saving the wolves and more in Yellowstone.

Lately Jim has been working with his accomplished 10 ( ? ) yr old son who is also winning awards with his photos, a couple of new joint children's books and as an equestrian.



I've so run out of adjectives.

stevez wrote:
astrobrian wrote:
FlyingPhotog wrote:
I actually received an email from Google offering me the entire suite for free for being a "long time Nik user"

This got some little touches from every product in the Nik Suite except Silver Effex...


"little touches"


Yeah. Ho, hum, just another JB jaw-dropper.




JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18837
Country: United States

Tim Adams wrote:
JWilsonphoto wrote:
What do you suppose would motivate NIK/Google to make such an offer? I can't see the upside for them, they just gave away a jillion dollars in software.


Maybe they realized it was overpriced.


"Overpriced" is in the eye of the beholder. NIK has long made effective plug ins with innovative controls. I've never regretted a nickel I've sent them. They also designed one of the first web interfaces that, if you had a crash, allowed you to go back to your account and reload their software in the blink of an eye. No long diatribe involved as in Adobe.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18837
Country: United States

You might be on to something there Wrei. I don't see a company giving away their stuff, even if it is an uber lib operation that should believe in giving it's intellectual property away to folks who did nothing to invent it or bring it to market. Maybe that's it, they've decided that profit is evil and they are just going to share with everyone.



FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4775
Country: United States

Jeff W. wrote:
FlyingPhotog wrote:
Full Frontal Backside


Jay - your T-Bird images are consistently terrific, this one is no exception



Thanks Jeff...



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4056
Country: United States

UPS delivered a box of goodies from B&H this afternoon. First light on the new Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR N: in a word, WOW!

Slightly longer version...

On a DX body (D7100): no noticeable vignetting at any focal length or aperture. Sharp corner to corner at any focal length and aperture. Minimal CA at any focal length and aperture. Good color and contrast. No obvious barrel or pincushion distortion, though to be fair I'm not set up to test for it.

On an FX body (D800): modest vignetting with soft falloff at all focal lengths when wide open; should be easily corrected in post-processing. Sharp edge to edge, tiny bit of corner softness at widest apertures. Good color and contrast, minimal CA at any focal length and aperture. No obvious barrel or pincushion distortion (I shot the side of my house with a door frame positioned at the very edge of the frame: it's die straight at 80mm).

Read that last couple of sentences again: on a full-frame body like the D800, which is guaranteed to expose the flaws in any lens, that's remarkable. How does Nikon do it?!.

The lens body is, amazingly enough, a millimeter or two shorter than the 70-200 f/2.8 VR II, if slightly larger in diameter and thus a bit heavier. It's still an easy lens to hand-hold. Takes a 77mm filter on the objective end. The lens barrel extends an additional 2-1/4 inches when zooming from wide to full tele (there's a lock to keep it from extending when hanging from your shoulder, if you want to use it: it's tight enough now that it doesn't extend on its own, though that may change as the mechanism loosens with use and age). I can hear and feel air escaping during the zoom, so it's clearly going to be a dust-pumper in a dry environment: we'll just have to see how much of a problem that turns out to be.

All in all it's a remarkable achievement, in my view. I am not sending it back.


[edited to add sample image: SOOC, 80mm, f/8. First frame is uncropped (notice how undistorted the door frame is at the right edge of the frame); second frame is 1:1 crop at center left edge; third frame is 1:1 crop of top left corner.]



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 8808
Country: United States

Capitalism at its finest.

Tim Adams wrote:
JWilsonphoto wrote:
What do you suppose would motivate NIK/Google to make such an offer? I can't see the upside for them, they just gave away a jillion dollars in software.


Maybe they realized it was overpriced.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18837
Country: United States

Congratulations Zim! Nice initial look see as well. Mine came in, but a Nikon shooting pro was in need of it, so I let it go and have another on the way. My 100-400 has been on loan to a friend at AFW since October, I need to fly the Cub over there and get it.





JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18837
Country: United States

The "Boys of Summer" began this evening in The Lone Star. Weston knocked the rust off his first time up..........



Zane Adams
Registered: Oct 26, 2011
Total Posts: 331
Country: United States

A little something from Love Field this weekend.





astrobrian
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
Total Posts: 827
Country: United States

I'll be getting my shot at those in a few hours Zane



astrobrian
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
Total Posts: 827
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Potential Energy



astrobrian
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
Total Posts: 827
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6 smoke-ring circus



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4056
Country: United States

I misstated something in my mini-review of the new Nikon 80-400. It's actually an ounce or two lighter than the 70-200 f/2.8 VR II. More plastics, no doubt, but for all that the build quality is very good.

[edit for TOPP: this is my chorus, Sound of the Rockies (www.soundoftherockies.com) in performance last Saturday. I'm on the left side of the chorus, second man in from the end, second riser from the top, not that you can make me out in this shot. Which, by the way, I triggered with a remote in my pocket, while singing. Talk about patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time...]



astrobrian
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
Total Posts: 827
Country: United States

wow Steve, you can feel some power being piped out in that shot!



RobMoser
Registered: Sep 04, 2007
Total Posts: 864
Country: United States

futurshox wrote:
Heads up, Texas folk! The Collings Foundation have listed their ME-262 coming to Dallas(now), Denton, Temple, Austin and Fort Worth over the next few days/weeks, alongside the usual suspects... http://www.collingsfoundation.org/cf_schedule-wof.htm


Thanks for the heads up!

For those of you who would like a ride in this, it requires a pilot certificate and an up to date physical. They do offer unusual attitude training and type qualification for those of you who might want to add an Me262 to their cert .

Rob



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18837
Country: United States

That's an LOA that would come in real handy Huh Rob!?



RobMoser
Registered: Sep 04, 2007
Total Posts: 864
Country: United States

yeah, run down to your local airport and flash your certificate: "Hi, I need to rent an ME262; I'm type qualified". That would work

Rob



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18837
Country: United States

What do they get an hour for that experience? Truthfully, that aircraft looks like one of those things kids build in a barn from stuff laying around. Can you imagine the cockpit? Spartan would be an exaggeration in the direction of luxury.



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