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

Samy, the small island is indeed Alcatraz. Here is a photo taken at the edge of the Bay in Sausalito that shows Alcatraz to the left and the San Francisco skyline to the right. I was interested in this largely because of the two old replica sailboats that were passing by, but I noticed as well the huge cruise ship tied up in San Francisco as well as the container ship heading toward the Oakland port. The Bay is traversed by boats and ships all day long. This was shot with Nikki.



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
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Country: Sweden

Great shot Jose Peter Johan Curtis and Jeff



Foggy14
Registered: May 01, 2010
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Country: United States

Thanks Leighton and Ronny!



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Country: United States

Foggy14 wrote:
Thanks Leighton and Ronny!



I loved the set as well. I took a photo of a plant in that family though I shot it with the venerable 80-200 f/4.5 AI with a PK-13 attached. I've posted it before but your lovely image reminded me of this one... great minds...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Country: United States

So back to Nikki and the Golden Gate bridge... unending possibilities...






leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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Curtis, I love the shot of the plant. I also love the last shot of the bridge, a very nice perspective.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Thanks Leighton... here is another shot of the bridge I grabbed through the car window as I was about to leave Fort Baker, also with Nikki and converted to black and white...


I'm shooting across the fishing pier that I often use when shooting in this area. Here is a shot taken from the pier toward San Francsico.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Country: United States

One of the nice things about taking photos where tourists hang out is that everyone else is doing the same thing...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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And this device was a source of great fascination...


How does this thing work?



A little help from dad works wonders.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
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Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
John, always loving seeing your photos of Puget Sound. Seattle is a very beautiful place. I really think you need that 500 f/4 though...


Thanks Curtis - It was a rare alignment of weather, subjects, and being able to get away from the house for a few hours.
Now that the sunsets are much later in the day I think I can get out more.

PLUS - I've found a new place to set up my gear. A neighbor of a friend of ours has agreed to let me set up my gear anytime essentially in their backyard, which has an undeveloped lower terrace that they don't seem to use. It has a nearly unobstructed view of the Sound. It's also a few hundred feet above the water which helps a lot with turbulence and haze - important considerations when using a long tele at really long distances.

- John



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

And I couldn't resist a bit of a geology lesson. The San Francisco Bay area is a rather unique location geologically. Most folks know about San Andreas fault where area west of the fault is moving north in relation to the east side. But in addition to that movement there is the Pacific Ocean plate colliding with the North American plate with materials deposited over millions of years at the bottom of the ocean pushed up against solid rock to create new land. Here are a couple of shots taken at the top of the Marin Headlands that show layer upon layer of material deposited on the ocean floor, then solidifying, then lifted in the air when pushed against North America.


And a closeup.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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Country: United States

Curtis Nikki Loves San Francisco. Awsome work on the bridge shots!
John I just wanted to mention how much I like your "sound" shots
Jeff terrific B&Ws



pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 1943
Country: United States

Awesome "Curly Cactus" Jeff.

Curtis, the bay tour with Nikki is amazing, so many looks just from one bridge.

Dean, I think I came along after you reduced the number of postings you did from HK. I really enjoy that style of photography, as well as getting a look into other cultures.

And thanks for the kind words to Ray, Rafael, and Jeff.

Laura, that 300 looks awesome!!

One more, an experiment in B+W processing for me.



pbraymond
Registered: Oct 23, 2009
Total Posts: 1943
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
And I couldn't resist a bit of a geology lesson. The San Francisco Bay area is a rather unique location geologically. Most folks know about San Andreas fault where area west of the fault is moving north in relation to the east side. But in addition to that movement there is the Pacific Ocean plate colliding with the North American plate with materials deposited over millions of years at the bottom of the ocean pushed up against solid rock to create new land. Here are a couple of shots taken at the top of the Marin Headlands that show layer upon layer of material deposited on the ocean floor, then solidifying, then lifted in the air when pushed against North America.


Curtis, thanks for the geology lesson. Admire the skills you've got to get the texture in these shots.



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1650
Country: Australia

leighton w wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Another panorama with Nikki, this is five vertical shots taken from the top of the Marin Headlands looking down over the Golden Gate bridge toward San Francisco. I've shot from this location before but I wanted to give Nikki a chance to shine... she did... Again, 1600 pixels wide.


Photoshop is pretty amazing!

Oops! This was shot with the 35 f/2 O AI'd... my bad...


WOW Curtis, Nikki or not this is fantastic! I've made it my desktop. I love what you've been showing us with Nikki. She is one capable chunk of metal in the right hands such as your's. Now....how about some iconic SF street cars?



+1

love all the bridge shots Curtis.

There were a lot of pedestrians in one of the shots - is that normal - do that many people walk across the bridge?

And you can stop with the cracks about how much nikki is liking San Francisco - I"m sure she does, what's not to like - but she doesn't belong there! just keep reminding yourself: she doesn't belong there.

ben



rolubich
Registered: Jun 11, 2012
Total Posts: 192
Country: Italy

Hi all, although it's a lot time I don't post I read you quite regularly: great pictures as usual.

I haven't had much time to photograph during the last months, all I have to show you is a test shot (@ 28mm and f/11) taken with my last buy, the 28-45mm f/4.5 zoom.







4200x2800

I'm quite surprised by the image quality produced by this almost 40 years old piece of Nikon history; due to size limit of my hosting web site picture has been resized to D700 resolution (from D600), but the full resolution version is plenty sharp too.

Here is the zoom photographed (@ 50mm, f/16 and MFD) by the poor cousin 28-50mm f/3.5, a lens I like a lot.







2800x4200

Planning to compare it with 25-50mm f/4 and 28-50mm f/3.5.

Roberto


designdog
Registered: Oct 05, 2004
Total Posts: 227
Country: United States

Hello all. Pretty soon I will be in the market to add to my lens collection. I am thinking of either a 35mm, or, my preference, the 25-50 4 ais.

Any thoughts on best option? Seems I saw some shots here from the 25-50, but can't locate them now. My thinking is that lens and the 105 would be a great travel kit, except for the low light options...



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

David, I sent you a PM.



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5069
Country: Sweden

Great shot Curtis

Testing with the Tc-200( Disadvantage is that it strengthens CA ..although you can not get everything;-) but I am very satisfied how it performs.. get 360mm f5.6 and 270mm f4 on Fx for barely 40 dollar is insane



NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s tc-200 teleconverter by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s tc-200 teleconverter by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

Nikkor 135mm f/2 AI-s tc-200 teleconverter by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

Quick contribution for this evening. No sunshine for Bambi (Leighton's sworn enemy ) to bask in today, but this bird was sitting on a branch for an interminable time, enough to dig out the 500 F4P out of its case, put the camera on it, even gently open the window, rest the lens on the window sill and make adjustments to settings until I got to this shot. Normally the little birds don't wait for me to do all this, so this is unique

Samy

1/1250s, f/5.6, ISO 1000









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