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jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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mp356 wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
Thanks for all the kudos from today's shots. I'm about to fall asleep after getting up so early and gaining 1,500 ft or so of elevation on skis.

Here's a couple more. Not all from Nikki - I also took the 16/3.5 AI of course. The 50/1.8G was also in the backpack, but it was never used.


Jaw dropping!
What is your metering technique for this scene??



+1 John. Wonderful capture.


Thanks Scott!



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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jhinkey wrote:
Very nice Scott!



Thank you John. It was a nice day to be out shooting.



jhinkey
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JRT64 wrote:
Any opinions here on the 135 f/3.5 AIS?


And here's some shots - not the greatest since they were hand held, not shot at base iso and underexposed by about 1.75 stops. Default sharpening of 2 in Capture NX with no noise reduction.

f/5.6

If you look real close you can see that the sharpness drops off a tad away from the center, but it's still very very good. The weather has not cooperated lately so this is the best I have for now . ..



JRT64
Registered: Jun 14, 2006
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Thanks for posting those 135/3.5 samples, John. As you admit, conditions were not ideal for revealing the true performance of a lens, but it appears that the lens resolves quite a bit of detail. I'll be using it on a D600 which shouldn't be quite as demanding as your D800.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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JRT64 wrote:
Thanks for posting those 135/3.5 samples, John. As you admit, conditions were not ideal for revealing the true performance of a lens, but it appears that the lens resolves quite a bit of detail. I'll be using it on a D600 which shouldn't be quite as demanding as your D800.


On thing I don't know is how it does with flare and ghosting or high contrast images.

It does appear to be very very sharp up close and wide open though.

John



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
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asiostygius wrote:
Blue hole in the stormy sky + late afternoon sunlight.



D7000 + Nikkor-O 35mm f/2 F ai'd hand held, ISO 100, f/8 at 1/125s.
I suppose this old lens performs well for cityscapes too.

My last photo for the next 10-12 days, since I am leaving to Herculaneum and Pompeii tomorrow afternoon. I hope Vesuvius does not wake up in the coming days
Up to now I am struggling about which lenses to put in the bag with my D7000. I need to stay light since will be walking all day at the archeological sites:
perhaps the 16/3.5 + 35/2 + 75-150/3.5 ?
or 20/2.8 + 50/1.8 + 75-150/3.5?
or 16/3.5 + 24/2 + 50/1.8 + 85/1.8 (+ TC16A for reach)??
Decisions, decisions...


Fair winds and following seas my friend.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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Full set of images from Sunday - most images taken with Nikki and the others with the 16/3.5 AI.

http://hinkey.zenfolio.com/p334790774

John



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
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Once my work week starts I never seem to have time to follow the thread. I work 12+ hours a day plus an hour commute each way, so needless to say, I don't have much time!

Some great stuff, as is the norm for this thread. Just a few standouts for me:

John - Some wonderful work with Nikki. The area around you is breathtaking.
Georg - Your composition with the 16mm is mesmerizing! You have a wonderful eye and I always look forward to your posts.
Scott - The last set with the snowy trees was beautiful.

Hopefully I will have some more time tonight on my break to check out more of the images.

–Tony



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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jhinkey wrote:
Very nice Scott!


You're doing some great work in the snow Scott. Well done!



CGrindahl
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mp356 wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
jhinkey wrote:
Thanks for all the kudos from today's shots. I'm about to fall asleep after getting up so early and gaining 1,500 ft or so of elevation on skis.

Here's a couple more. Not all from Nikki - I also took the 16/3.5 AI of course. The 50/1.8G was also in the backpack, but it was never used.







Jaw dropping!
What is your metering technique for this scene??


+1 John. Wonderful capture.

Gorgeous John! You've really found your way with this lens and consistently get great results... very inspiring. You've definitely shown the way for all of us with regard to this lens.


CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Headed out to West Marin and ended up at Limantour Beach on the far side of Point Reyes National Seashore. Here are a few photos from the day... I shot these with the 50 f/2 H.C. AI'd that was manufactured about forty years ago. It is a very capable lens.


This is the approach from the parking lot.


Doubtless it was the fact of being in the middle of the week that made the beach relatively deserted. There was a light breeze but the sun was warm. These two were having quite a good time together.


It was fun watching these little birds dart out as the wave receded, then dash in as the next wave arrived. They feed beneath the sand. I imagine Jose can explain it all to us, but then he is on his way to Italy... lucky fellow.


Fascinating to see what the moving tide leaves behind.



CGrindahl
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And a few more...


This couple was backlit by the bright sun. This was what I hope to achieve. And this is what Sue hoped to achieve...



This was taken on the way back to the car.



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
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mp356 wrote:
Thank you Ray, Ben Leighton, Georg, and Reagan for your comments. We ended up with about 12" of snow from the storm. Not as much as to the east of us. I managed to get out the next two days to take some additional images. Here are a couple from the next day.
Scott

The first image...wow. Just, wow. Would you mind telling me your workflow on the conversion? Stunning shot.



kwoodard
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Curtis, the shot of the stone and lines in the sand really works for me. I find the shot very peaceful. When I looked at it and the one with the bird, I was there on the beach, smelling the air, feeling the spray... Don't know why those two struck me like they did, but thank you for posting them. I think they are great shots.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Thanks Kevin. You're close enough to the Bay Area that you might even have visited that beach at some time in your life. There are so many things that draw one's attention. I loved seeing what the waves did to the beach as they left. I enjoy landscape shooting but I'm also very fond of graphical sorts of images, as with the stone and the pattern left in the sand as the water retreated around it. I also like the shadow created by this small feather.


Nature's delights are unending.



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
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My wife and I love San Francisco, we go whenever possible. Would love to come down and have you show us some local flavor away from the touristy bits.



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
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CGrindahl wrote:
And a few more...

Catch any MARLIN [


Great capture!



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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kwoodard wrote:
My wife and I love San Francisco, we go whenever possible. Would love to come down and have you show us some local flavor away from the touristy bits.



I'm afraid I'm not much of a guide when it comes to San Francisco Kevin. I've lived in the East Bay (Oakland), the North Bay (Vallejo) and for the last 23 years in Marin. I've been musing about where I might take Nikki when she finally arrives for the last stop on the Great Lens Adventure and think it really needs to be San Francisco. But because folks on the thread from around the world don't really have experience with the city, I'll likely do some tourist things myself... though I won't talk about them yet. I'll let the photos tell the story.

When I lived in the East Bay I spent a fair amount of time in San Francisco where I had good friends, but the city has changed a great deal since then and apart of a general sense of neighborhoods and how to navigate around town, you probably know the city better than I do if you visit often.

I am planning on visiting the de Young museum, both to see the building and to see a collection of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis, the national gallery of the Netherlands . I visited that museum a couple of years ago, especially to see Vermeer's the Girl with the Pearl Earring, which is part of the exhibit at the de Young. I'm looking forward to that...

http://www.mauritshuis.nl/index.aspx?siteid=54

It seems we have a few folks from northern California on the thread at the moment. Pretty cool...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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I'm too busy with my camera Americo to think about fishing when I'm at the beach. This photo taken by my partner represents the only two minutes of the day when I didn't have a camera in my hand. And my camera bag was at the immediate left, the camera's right. I'll leave the fishing to those who have some talent at it... and I think we'd have to rely on Reagan if what we're looking for are Marlin...



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
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CGrindahl wrote:
I'm too busy with my camera Americo to think about fishing when I'm at the beach. This photo taken by my partner represents the only two minutes of the day when I didn't have a camera in my hand. And my camera bag was at the immediate left, the camera's right. I'll leave the fishing to those who have some talent at it... and I think we'd have to rely on Reagan if what we're looking for are Marlin...



Heheh, I was trying to be a bit of a smart Alec with that remark in reference to classic book, that I honestly can say, never read, I think it is Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea?



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