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kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4681
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:
Nikki went back-country skiing this morning. The weather more than cooperated.

More to come.

John


Oh man! This is so beautiful! I miss these kinds of views (I used to be a near-pro skier back in the day, have skied all over the world before I got hurt).

philipj wrote:
Great work everyone, I'm sorry I can't comment more frequently to go into depth about some of the fantastic shots.

I braved what has turned out to be the worst storm Toronto's had in a few years to get a snowy picture of the entrance gates to Trinity Bellwoods Park. This is a stitch with the 105mm f/1.8 AI-s at f/2.8. Some sloppiness if you pixel peep, but otherwise I'm a fan of how this turned out.


Trinity Bellwoods by philipjohnson, on Flickr


This! THIS!! I want to be able to convert into B/W that looks this good. I would love to learn your process...



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4681
Country: United States

Tony, I love your last portrait series you posted here. That first shot almost looks 3D.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

Outstanding John!
Philip that shot is amazing!



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
Reagan wrote:
Lieutenant Z wrote:
Rafael another gorgeous set. #3 especially does it for me. Looks like "french cancan" -)
Tony, lovely series (and model) even if I prefer candid street portraits
Reagan, nice color shot of a nice looking b/w dog
Ronny, we want swedish women pictures not swedish statues.... -) however great light & contrast


Thanks, Phillioe

And Ronny, you need to "heed the call" of the request for Swedish women
and Phillipe it wouldn't hurt you to set an example for him

Reagan


You guys are a "pair to draw to..."


Reagan, you need that 300 to "reach" the bikini clad girls of Florida... then we don't need photos of Swedish or French women...

+1!



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

Foggy14 wrote:
Hi gang, eye surgery has me on the photographic sidelines this week, but wanted to echo Curtis' comments on the 28mm 2.8 ais and Philippe's fine use of the lens in his Citroën shot.

Since picking up this lens a few months ago, I've really enjoyed using it for landscapes.

Cheers, Jeff.


Great shot Jeff. Is that preserve the one down in San Diego? Good luck with the surgery!

–Tony



huddy
Registered: Oct 19, 2010
Total Posts: 1886
Country: United States

Very nice set Tony. My wife and I both really liked the first. Were you shooting that one wide open?

kings_freak wrote:
My friend Natosha is back in town for a little while and was kind enough to come over for a shoot. It was beautiful outside after the storm rolled through, so we took advantage of the nice weather.

#1 and #4 were shot with the 105mm ƒ1.8 and #2 and #3 were shot with the 55mm ƒ1.2.

Strobist Info (Shots 2-4): SB-900 fired into silver reflective umbrella and triggered by Yongnuo 603s.

–Tony


Natosha by T&J Photography, on Flickr



huddy
Registered: Oct 19, 2010
Total Posts: 1886
Country: United States

KEH also has two BGN rated 35/1.4 AIS copies for $399, and $415 (w/ caps). That is a pretty good price, given their typical conservative ratings.



philipj
Registered: Dec 01, 2010
Total Posts: 885
Country: Switzerland

kwoodard wrote:
This! THIS!! I want to be able to convert into B/W that looks this good. I would love to learn your process...


I will proceed to highly disappoint you: I have no process! This one is actually a very confusing combination of settings to produce the high-contrast-but-still-a-little-washed-out look. I also have about 5 different versions of it sitting in Aperture that I went back and forth between to decide which I liked the most. That to me is the great part of digital photography, the way we can be very exploratory with processing without ruining anything.

But, if there is any method to what I do, it is to tend to go for high contrast + overexposure. From there it's a kind of random exploration of parameter space.



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
For anyone (Reagan) considering the 300mm 4.5 EDIF, I can only say that I love mine. It is super sharp and light weight enough to shoot BIF. I went out today to keep in practice following my friendly fowls. The lens is definately worth the money to me


Awesome shots Ray!

–Tony



Dustin Gent
Registered: Apr 04, 2005
Total Posts: 5482
Country: United States

I am been drawn to this thread, and have gone through the first 226 pages (daunting task lol).

So I have not really owned an AF enabled lens in years, so this thread is GREAT! I had the 85mm 1.8G for a few weeks, but sold it to pick up a Samyang 14mm 2.8.

My question is what to get next. I have seen the amazing shots with both the 75-150 and the 80-200 f/4.5 - and both are pretty cheap. The 25-50 is out of control $$$ - probably thanks to this thread

Is there another lens in the 20-70mm range that is as good as the 25-50? I still have 2000 pages to go through, lol.
Oh and I shoot with a D700



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
Two more images taken with the 16/3.5 at the small lake. A step sideways results in a completely different view through the Fisheye-Nikkor.


Awesome Georg!

–Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:
Nikki went back-country skiing this morning. The weather more than cooperated.

More to come.

John

Wow, beautiful view John! Love those low laying clouds.

–Tony



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3006
Country: United States

Dustin Gent wrote:
Is there another lens in the 20-70mm range that is as good as the 25-50?


Good place to get a basic idea of what is considered a great MF Nikkor is this site:

http://www.naturfotograf.com/lens_surv.html



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

philipj wrote:
Great work everyone, I'm sorry I can't comment more frequently to go into depth about some of the fantastic shots.

I braved what has turned out to be the worst storm Toronto's had in a few years to get a snowy picture of the entrance gates to Trinity Bellwoods Park. This is a stitch with the 105mm f/1.8 AI-s at f/2.8. Some sloppiness if you pixel peep, but otherwise I'm a fan of how this turned out.


Trinity Bellwoods by philipjohnson, on Flickr

Nice pano Philip! Props to you for going out in that weather. How cold was it?

–Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

Reagan, John, Curtis, Jose, Phillippe, Ray, Leighton, Georg, Kevin, and Alan, thank you for the comments!

Alan, that shot was @ ƒ2.8. I feel that the 105mm is too soft wide open for portraits. To me, it almost looks hazy, for lack of a better word.

–Tony



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4681
Country: United States

Dustin Gent wrote:
I am been drawn to this thread, and have gone through the first 226 pages (daunting task lol).

So I have not really owned an AF enabled lens in years, so this thread is GREAT! I had the 85mm 1.8G for a few weeks, but sold it to pick up a Samyang 14mm 2.8.

My question is what to get next. I have seen the amazing shots with both the 75-150 and the 80-200 f/4.5 - and both are pretty cheap. The 25-50 is out of control $$$ - probably thanks to this thread

Is there another lens in the 20-70mm range that is as good as the 25-50? I still have 2000 pages to go through, lol.
Oh and I shoot with a D700


Welcome to the addiction! I am very partial to the 80-200 f/4.5. I love it!

Took this today with that particular lens. I have been listening to all of the great critique I have received here and tried to apply it with today's shots. This is the first of about 30 I took today. Since I have been really wanting to work on my B/W conversions, I really tried to get my shot "there" so the converting would be easier (which is what everyone says anyway, get it right in the camera first...) I think this is my most successful conversion so far. Oh, this is also straight out of the camera. I had very little to do to this one, I gave it a touch of a "apply image" filter to sharpen the mic and the B/W conversion. That is it! Woohoo!


DSC_6595 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr



sbarricklow
Registered: Jan 14, 2003
Total Posts: 2132
Country: United States

Jake the Dog enjoying mild weather in the DFW Metroplex today.



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4616
Country: United States

Ray, must be a steady hand even at F8 good work
Ron, that O lens looks pretty good for being so old
Georg, I like both of these last 2 the second one best I think

Reagan



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Outstanding John!
Philip that shot is amazing!


Kudos to you both. Both winter shots, but mountain blue and urban BW. These are outstanding shots, each in its own way. Well done guys!



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4616
Country: United States

kings_freak wrote:
Reagan wrote:
Let's make it 2 dogs in 1 day

501.8 with my old TC 14-A back. Thanks Scott

Reagan

Good looking dog Reagan. How many stops do you lose with the TC 14?

–Tony



You lose 1.4 stops so that makes it a 2.5 at 70 mm

Reagan



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