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kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 2383
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
Morning frost, 29 degrees out (which is very cold where I live). Series E 50mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO200


DSC_6393 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

Just noticed whatever Flickr does to images, makes this one look harsh...



Harsh or not, I liked it!! Any tube or close up lens used?


Nope, no tubes or diopters used. The Series E 50mm MFD is about 19", I love that lens.



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Country: United States

Thanks Scott and Jose. Jose, that's the 400 wide open so with the 1.6X I am presuming at effective f/8. Not enough light to try to stop down the combo. I was already at ISO 1250 and the its diminishing returns beyond that.

Did a quick walk in downtown Baltimore, still not enough light, but this was with the 50 1.2 AIS and the 28 3.5 PC. The idea was to capture some sights of the Baltimore Ravens mania in preparation for the super bowl later today. Will post some pics soon and see how the Northern Californians react



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
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CGrindahl wrote:
leighton w wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
Still learning new things here. Taken with the Series E 50mm, F/2, 1/400, ISO200. Thoughts?


DSC_6408 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr


Keep trying Kevin! Maybe if you cropped out everything from the tree to the right side?


I often am very casual about how I shoot. I describe it as floating through space and simply shooting in the moment what catches my fancy. However, were I approaching this scene I would recognize the beautifully lit flowers as the subject I want to capture. I would know the tree is a distraction to avoid. Because of the way the flowers are facing, I'd likely step to the right so I could get a straight shot at the flowers with the tree out of the frame on the left. If that were impossible I'd step a bit to the left to catch the flowers in profile. Unfortunately, simply cropping the tree in this composition puts the right frame too close to the flowers.

I mention all of this simply to give you an idea of what my thought process is before I take a shot. Distracting elements can on some occasions be unavoidable, but those tend to be shots I discard. I also am prepared to rather brutally crop images when necessary to create a workable composition. Since I'm not printing, I can get a way with using very little of even a 12 megabyte image.

As Leighton says, keep working at it. We learn by doing.


Thank you for the critique. Kind of help I am looking for. That shot was hard, I was leaning over a bench between two bushes...not a lot of room. Thinking about trying a vertical crop, but the tree will still be in the shot a bit.

Definately learn by doing. Since being a part of this group, my photography has evolved more than I could imagine. I have gone from, "Hey, that's not a bad picture." to selling prints and doing a few photo shoots (including a paying gig). Wouldn't be here if I had not stumbled upon you fine folks. Thank you.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Country: United States

Scott I love the rust such nice texture as well!



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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Super bowl commemoration series from Baltimore..

First few with the 50 1.2 AIS.

Samy



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
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These two with the 28 3.5 PC using the shift function. Including the Ravens stadium itself.

Samy



saph
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And one more from the Baltimore waterfront. With the 50 1.2 AIS.



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
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CGrindahl wrote:
Reagan wrote:
Thanks Jose, I just bought that 25-50
I have owned 2 before this one and there was something I didn't like about each one
Usually a sloppy focus ring
I was going to just watch it for a while and decide later but thats how I missed Chuong's 135/2

Reagan


Wow! What a gorgeous lens Reagan.

And Jose, you are doing a masterful job as my assistant lens pusher...

This is a beautifully built lens that produces wonderful color and contrast. It is also very flare resistant. It is an outstanding landscape lens in my experience. Congratulations Reagan. Have fun with it!



Thanks Curtis, I bought my first one from Ben(deadwolfbones) but was in OK shape Then I bought one from Keh for $280 than was in EX condition but still had a sloppy focus ring so I returned it. I am hoping for better luck this time

Here are a few photos from thhe last 25-50 at the Hoover Dam

Reagan



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
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Samy, I am assuming that you are a Ravens fan
The guy in front of the CG Cutter looks pretty cold I like that one best

Reagan




Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 3940
Country: South Africa

CGrindahl wrote:
So I noticed a rose in my neighbor's yard and went inside to pick up the D700 with the 300 f/4.5 AI-s ED-IF and then thought an extension tube was in order. Two of them are in my car so I grabbed two narrow tubes, the PK-11A and PK-12 and slapped them on the mount. Here are a few close shots from about two feet away. Hand held, manual mode at 1/400th of a second, wide open.



So very sharp and lovely colour, Curtis



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 3940
Country: South Africa

kwoodard wrote:
Morning frost, 29 degrees out (which is very cold where I live). Series E 50mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO200

Just noticed whatever Flickr does to images, makes this one look harsh...


Kevin, I like both of these - they go to show that Nikon very rartely made bad lenses!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 3940
Country: South Africa

kings_freak wrote:
Haven't been shooting any MF lately, but still browsing the thread. Here is a 8 shot pano from the vineyards last weekend.

–Tony


Very beautiful pic, Tony.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 3940
Country: South Africa

sbarricklow wrote:
The Tarrant County Courthouse in Fort Worth, Texas, viewed from the north on Main Street. When built, the courthouse had a commanding view of the Stockyards, reminding the cowboys there that the law was always nearby.


Sam, another image showing what this much maligned lens can do. In the right place on the right subject I think it's great.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 3940
Country: South Africa

saph wrote:
Testing the focus assist of the TC16a in low light with the 400 5.6 AIS (640mm, f8 I think). Still cloudy and left over snow cover from last night.

Samy


Samy - the static parts are fine but at that shutter speed every littel movement of the birds is going to stick out.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 3940
Country: South Africa

montym wrote:
Hi...
You know how it is for me. I get a new lens and it lives on my camera for a long long time. Sadly my lastest lens is an AF. THe only MF lens that has gotten the AF off the camera is my 16mm.

Gallery walk last night.
At the coffee shop, local Pro Photographers displayed their work. Here Jim Koepnick and his wie are enjoying a cup of coffee


Monty


Nice pic Monty. Does the IQ of the 800 justify the change from the 600, in your opinion? We'll need to see some shots of the two large dogs to make a sensible comparison.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 3940
Country: South Africa

asiostygius wrote:
Just distilling NMFAS virus over here

What a a beauty in excellent condition at a good price:

I contacted the seller, but unfortunatelly he did not agree to ship to Brazil

But perhaps some of you can be interested.


You got me quite excited when I saw the price until I realised it was the 25-50 not the 28-45 ai which I have and which is in similar condition. I re-read Bjorn's crit and slapped it on to take a couple of quickies in poor overcast light. In fact I moved so fast I forgot to change CPU data - again!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 3940
Country: South Africa

sbarricklow wrote:
Fort Worth Stock Show - Note the Cowgirl in the lower right part of the image.


Sam, I like all of these. They speak for themselves.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 3940
Country: South Africa

Reagan wrote:
Thanks Jose, I just bought that 25-50
I have owned 2 before this one and there was something I didn't like about each one
Usually a sloppy focus ring
I was going to just watch it for a while and decide later but thats how I missed Chuong's 135/2

Reagan


Look forward to wider vbiews of the ocean Reagan! Enjoy!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 3940
Country: South Africa

mp356 wrote:
Some rust to go with the recent implosion debris. Taken with the 105 2.5 ais. Thanks for looking
Scott


Very nice rust!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 2459
Country: Brazil

Reagan wrote:
Thanks Jose, I just bought that 25-50
I have owned 2 before this one and there was something I didn't like about each one
Usually a sloppy focus ring
I was going to just watch it for a while and decide later but thats how I missed Chuong's 135/2

Reagan



Congrats Reagan! It looks like a near mint lens.

If one day you decide selling this lens, please let me be the first to know. I want to be first on the buyer list!



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